For Actors, Entertainers, and Creative Professionals

Appointments available weekdays, weeknights, and weekends. Call (503) 781-5078 to book your headshot session!

The Actor's Headshot Session
  • Session is at my comfortable studio at 1420 NW Lovejoy St, Portland, OR
  • 1 Look included (wardrobe, setting and lighting combination)
  • Additional looks can be added at $49 each
  • Unlimited shots taken (I shoot until I'm sure I've got it)
  • Choose your four favorite photos per look shot
  • Chosen photos are edited (exposure, color, cropping, etc.) and delivered online within 48 hours.
  • You can download any or all of the photos in the gallery at no additional charge
  • Full retouching is an available option at $20/photo
  • I provide a usage license that allows you to do anything you like with the pictures, without further permission from, or payment to me
  • Retouching - Basic editing (crop, color correct, brightness/contrast) is included win your package for four images per "look" shot. Professional, detailed retouching (line and wrinkle retouching, teeth whitening, blemish removal, slimming, etc.) is an option, at $20 per photo retouched
  • USB thumb drive with best images from shoot (exactly the same images as delivered online); available for pickup at our office 48 hours after shoot - $15
  • Fed-Ex Delivery of USB drive to the address of your choice - $15


Actor’s Headshot Portfolio

Your go-to choice for actors headshots

Prior to moving to Portland in 2015, Paul Grupp spent 10 years building a reputation in upstate New York as the “go-to” photographer for creative professionals, musicians, and commercial and theatrical actors headshots. His work consistently meets with approval from agents, casting directors, and other decision makers, both locally in the Portland area and in other markets like LA and New York City.

We understand how important it is for a creative professional’s headshot to accurately but attractively communicate your individuality and personality.

Let us bring that experience and sensitivity to bear on your headshots, in our studio or on location right here in Portland, OR.

We’re happy to work with anyone, regardless of your age or level of experience. We are proud of our track record with established professionals but we also love working with individuals who are just starting out, and students of any age.

Actor’s Headshot Portfolio

Commercial or Theatrical?

I say, BOTH!

You should get both, and any competent headshot photographer can give you both from a single photo session, unless they’re greedy! A commercial headshot is what you use when going for a print job or some other activity where you will be repping a brand or selling a product or service. Most often, a commercial headshot will show you smiling, preferably showing your teeth.

A theatrical headshot is used for casting for motion picture, TV, or the theatre, and is more about you as a character. It may be dramatic, comic, or neutral, with a smile or without, depending on who you are and the type of roles you are seeking.



Actor’s Headshot Portfolio

How it Works

What's Included?

A relaxed photography session shot in high-resolution professional digital in my Pearl District studio (1420 NW Lovejoy), on-location, or outdoors (weather permitting). I shoot between one and four different looks (a "look" is a wardrobe, lighting, background, or location change). Within 48 hours after your session, I upload your selections to an online gallery or dropbox at high resolution. Your pictures are ready to share, download, print and use! You can download any or all of the images from your gallery at hi-res any time you like for any purpose at no additional charge (see the Usage License I provide for specifics). The images will remain in your gallery for at least one year. You can download the images and have them printed if you need 8x10s, or submit them as digital photos for auditions or casting files. If there are specific requirements for a particular casting on how the photos must be sized, just send them to us and we'll send you versions that meet the specs -- no extra charge!

Your Photo Session

Weekday, evening, and weekend sessions are available by appointment. Same-day/short notice appointments are often available. No fixed time limit or number of frames - I shoot until I am confident I've created some great headshots for you; typically I shoot around 30 frames, and most sessions last around 30 minutes. If you choose to have one or more of your images professionally retouched (including hair straightening, blemish removal, wrinkle softening, skin smoothing, teeth whitening, etc.) just let me know which photos you want retouched - $25/photo.


Most sessions are $149 with extra "looks" available at $49/each. Payment is due at the end of the session; I accept cash and most debit and credit cards. Orders for retouching, prints, or delivery on USB thumb drive (vs. free online delivery) are payable at time of order. To keep costs low, I do not offer terms, 30-day payment, credit, etc. A photo session is a service, and as such, there are no refunds. However, if you are not happy with your performance in front of the camera and don't like the results, we offer a reshoot session at a cost of $25 per look (wardrobe, setting, and lighting combination), to be scheduled at a mutually convenient time within two weeks of the original session. After two weeks have passed, any reshoots are at my normal pricing.

Makeup and Hair Styling

Makeup and hair styling is not included in our base prices. For women, we recommend makeup; for men or children, makeup and hair is rarely necessary. For our clients who choose to have their makeup done, we recommend stopping at a salon before your photo session. We see consistently good results from the award-winning Dosha Salons ( but of course there are many others in the Portland area that do great work. In-studio makeup artists are a possibility, but over the last couple of years, this option has increased significantly in price, and scheduling/booking them is a time-consuming task. If you would like us to find a makeup/hair artist at your session, please let us know when you book your appointment so we can make the necessary arrangements. But unless you REALLY need the onset MUA, we recommend the salon option.

Book Your Shoot!

Actor's and Creative Professional Headshots

To book your headshot session, please call Paul at (503) 781-5078
Sessions available in our conveniently located Portland studio

at 1420 NW Lovejoy Street
in the Pearl District
(easy access to parking, Portland Streetcar and bus lines)
or at a location of your choice*

Paul Grupp 
Paul Grupp Photography

phone: (503) 781-5078