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faq's

  • why should I trust akta with my headshots/reels?
    We are constantly in contact with some of the biggest casting directors and agencies in the business to make sure that we deliver the kind of headshots and reels that the industry wants to see.
  • where are you based?
    Notting Hill... Like the film! Look at our Contact page for more details.
  • how can I reschedule?
    For Headshots, VoiceReels & SongReels, please email us (info@aktaphotography.com) with your preferred rescheduling date. You can select an alternative date from our calendar: Headshots VoiceReels Please note, a £20 fee will be charged each reschedule request made before 72 hours of the original date and time of the session. Any request made within a 72 - 25 hour window before your session will result in a £50 charge. Any request made within 24 hours of your session date and time will result in a £75 charge or the loss of your deposit. If you need to reschedule for a second time, this will cost £50 for any time up until 24 hours before the session. Any later than 24 hours will result in a £75 charge. For our AktaReels (both monologue and duologue), please email us (info@aktaphotography.com) with your preferred rescheduling date. Select an alternative date from our calendar: AktaReels Duologues Please note, a £10 fee will be charged each reschedule request made before a month of the original date and time of the session. Any request made within the month before your session will result in a £50 charge. Any request made within 24 hours of your session date and time will result in a £75 charge or the loss of your deposit. If you need to reschedule for a second time, this will cost £50 for any time up until 24 hours before the session. Any later than 24 hours will result in a £75 charge.
  • do you have wheelchair access?
    Yes we do!
  • how do I pay?
    We require payment in advance, in full at the time of booking.
  • how do I know you won't run off with my money?
    Maybe we will...
  • can I pay in instalments?
    Yes you can! Check out our pay monthly page for more details.
  • can I get a refund if I need to cancel?
    Your payment is non refundable, however, you may reschedule at no extra cost up to 72 hours prior to your shoot.
  • how many actors do you photograph?
    5 a day 35 a week. 151 a month. 1820 a year... 💁‍♀️
  • what does akta mean?
    Actor, silly!
  • how do I get on the billboard?
    Bring gifts.
  • how much?
    Headshots are £299.
  • how can I reschedule?
    Please email us (info@aktaphotography.com) with your preferred date and time. Select an alternative date from our calendar: Headshots Please note, a £20 charge will apply to each reschedule request made 72-hours before the session date and time. A £50 charge will apply for any reschedule request made within the 72 - 25 hour window. Any request made within 24 hours of your session will result in a £75 charge or the loss of your deposit.
  • how long does a session take?
    Normally about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • how many photos do I get?
    We'll send you a gallery of the best 100 images, you choose your 3 favourites.
  • when will I receive my pictures?
    You'll receive your gallery same day, and then the edits can take up to 14 days from your submission.
  • what should I wear?
    We're far more interested in you than the characters you'd like to play so please bring a range of outfits that you love and that think represents you authentically. We will help you narrow it down on the day so bring too much. Small logos are easy to remove, big ones are harder. Some patterns work, others don't. No period outfits. Jackets are also a no, but we do love a shacket. Don't be afraid of making bold choices, if you're not sure, bring it a long and we'll help!
  • can you edit my spots out?
    Yes, we're magic like that.
  • can I keep all the photos?
    In a word yes… but they’re not free. Your complete collection of high-res photos, cropped and colour graded is available for £74.99 or you can purchase them raw for £49.99.
  • do you shoot outside?
    Nah, our studio's too sexy to sit empty.
  • how long do you keep the photos?
    6 months.
  • if I don't want my photos edited can I have extras for free?
    Nope.
  • what if I don't like the shots?
    Both of our photographers have been published in Vogue... You will.
  • how much?
    AktaReels are £374.
  • how long is the session?
    Roughly an hour with some buffer time to make sure you are happy with your takes!
  • what is an AktaReel?
    An AktaReel is a showreel made up of 2 monologues, shot cinematically and edited together.
  • how can I reschedule?
    Please email us (info@aktaphotography.com) with your preferred reschedule date and time. Select an alternative date from our calendar: AktaReels Duologues Please note, a £20 fee will be charged each reschedule request made before a month of the original date and time of the session. Any request made within a month before your session will result in a £50 charge. Any request made within 24 hours of your session will result in a £75 charge or the loss of your deposit.
  • how many takes do I get?
    You get 6 takes of each monologue. But don't worry, we're not Nazi's. If you mess up, we'll go again.
  • does it have to be monologues or can I film a scene?
    At the moment, it's just monologues... But we're working on it. Watch this space.
  • what should I wear?
    Same as headshots, bring too much and we'll help you decide. Nothing distracting. Just touch of character.
  • do you film outside?
    Nope.
  • how long does it take for my reel to come back to me?
    Edits take up to a month after the session.
  • What do I need to prepare?
    Two monologues of your choosing! We ask these to be no longer than 90 seconds in runtime as your reel will be cut at the 4 minute mark max!
  • How long is the session?
    Your session will last around an hour. We ask you to arrive 15 minutes early to ensure we start on time!
  • How many pieces will I get to record?
    We ask you to prepare 5 30 second pieces. These can be narrative and commercial if desired.
  • Do I have to source my own material?
    Yes, we ask you to prepare five 30 second pieces of your choosing. These can be excepts from books, TV, Film or video games for example.
  • How long will the edit take?
    Edits can take up to a month with the average turn around being 2 weeks.
  • How does Limitless work?
    With our Limitless Headshot Package, you get an initial classic headshot session, plus the opportunity to come back for a top-up session as often as you need, whenever you need, for 12 months. Simply book your first session as normal and then reach out to us via email to book in your following sessions.
  • How many photos do I get?
    For your first session, you will receive 3 images included in the booking. For the following sessions, you will receive 1 image included per booking.
  • What is a Top-Up session like?
    You'll still have an hour with us! We will shoot 2 outfits and you will receive 1 retouched photo included per booking.
  • what is TeamAkta?
    TeamAkta is a monthly subscription that gives you access to everything we offer. For £58.99 per month, we will shoot your headshots every year, make a new AktaReel for you every year and give you unlimited free access to our self-tape studio and workshops. You also get access to all of us here at akta. We're on your side so if you ever need anyone in your corner, we're here to help.
  • do you provide a reader for the self-tapes?
    Yup. But if you'd rather bring your own, that's okay too!
  • can I cancel my subscription?
    Because headshots and reels are included, no. But you can pause for up to three months if monies are tight.
  • how much?
    £58.99 a month
  • how much?
    Up to you...
  • what does PWYC stand for?
    Pay What You Can.
  • is there a minimum?
    There's no minimum. We believe you should have to save up for your headshots, but that saving should be proportional to your circumstances.
  • is a PWYC session different to normal?
    No they are exactly the same. The team members who make the decision won't be present on the day so no one at your shoot will even know you are a PWYC client.
  • how do I know if I'm eligible?
    You are. This opportunity is open to absolutely everyone ❤️
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