Your social media profile picture, or image of you on your company website, is often the first impression that potential employers or clients have of you. You are your brand. We need to make sure that the image that you are presenting to the world is working for you. Whatever images you choose to represent your personal, digital brand is important. We will work together to create images that show you as confident and approachable. I use the term “corporate headshots” to refer to headshots to anyone who is not a performing artist who may be using their headshot for business purposes. Even if your job is not necessarily corporate.
Plan on your business headshot session to be up to 1.5-2 hours. This includes clothing changes, makeup, or any other grooming time needed throughout the session. When you get to the studio we will take some time to look at the clothing that you bring. We will pull together a couple looks, normally 2 to 3, and put together a plan for what order we will shoot. If you have specific requests, now is the time to let us know. If you are working with my makeup artist, you will head over to the makeup chair and get ready.
Once we start shooting, I will be working with you to get a range of expressions. This will not be an “OK, now smile.” photo. We will get a range from smiling to serious.
I shoot with my camera connected to my computer (Tethered). This enables us to see the images as we go. We will take time during the shoot to look at the images so that we know what is working and what is not. This allows us to fine-tune your images. Since we will be reviewing the images after each clothing look, you will know that we created images that you can work with. There will be no surprises by the time you leave my studio.
My headshot sessions are shot on a solid white, gray, or black background.
Remember that you and I are a team in this process. We are going to work to get the best images we can of you. I will guide you the entire time, but you also have to be willing to let go and have some fun. Let me assure you, it is always strange to step in front of a camera, at first. That is true for most people. However, We will have a lot of fun, and get great images.
A 50% ($150) a non-refundable deposit is required to schedule your session. This will apply towards the $300 session fee. I will send you an invoice that will be paid via PayPal for this session fee/deposit.
After your session, I often go through the entire session one more time, with a fresh set of eyes, to make sure that I didn’t miss a great image that you should look at, or that any that maybe shouldn’t be in the final mix didn’t slip past us in our excitement. After I know your gallery is full of the best options, I will upload them to a password protected proofing gallery.
Basic retouching of selected images normally takes between 1 and 2 weeks for digital delivery. I do not go crazy on retouching. We want the image of you to look like you. My retouching consists of minor blemish removal, color correction, exposure correction. If advanced or special retouching is quested, additional fees may apply.
I do not release unedited images.
If an image is needed more quickly, a rush fee of $35 per rushed image will apply.
The makeup artist that I work with stays with us the entire session to keep an eye on your makeup while you are in front of the camera and to make adjustments to your makeup, if needed, as we change looks.
The makeup artist fee is paid directly to the artist the day of your shoot.
You should update your headshots at a minimum of every 2 years. If you make any drastic change in your appearance, you may need to update sooner. I do offer a returning client discount for your session fee. Returning client rate is currently $250 (a $50 savings). If my prices change, the returning client rate will adjust. Please be sure to ask about current rates. The retouching and makeup artist fees are not discounted.
If after your session, you would like my opinion as to which images are most marketable, I will be happy to book an hour session with you to go through each shot with you. My post-session consultation is $100.
Does your entire office need headshots? I do offer group rates. Please contact me for details. CLICK HERE TO CONTACT ME
For you professional headshot session, I want you to bring 4 to 7 outfit choices with you. Most likely, we will shoot 2 to 3 of them, but it’s good to have options here. Make sure you love the clothes you bring. If you don’t love it or are not comfortable in it, don’t bring it. That also does not mean bring 7 of the same style shirt in different colors. Think about a range in your outfits and how you carry yourself in different clothing. For example, I know I feel very different when I wear jeans and a t-shirt and when I wear a suit. Both looks are very much me, but they have a different effect on my “vibe”. I crop in very close to head and shoulders, so you don’t really need to worry about lower body changes unless it affects your attitude (sometimes a great pair of shoes changes everything).
You will want to avoid busy patterns and logos, or anything that has a poofy front or sleeves. These things can be distracting in a headshot. Don’t worry about being seasonal. For Professional/ corporate/ business headshots, I would say bring something you would wear on a job interview. If it applies to your line of work, something you would wear to the board room, maybe something you would wear to a networking event, and maybe something you would wear on a more casual basis. Layers and textures can also be great. For example, light jackets and sweaters.
There is not really a good or bad color. If you love it, bring it. I would rather us have too many options here and not need them, than not have enough, or have you go “Oh man, I wish I brought that one jacket.”
If you are worried that your wardrobe is a little lacking for your headshots, have some fun, go shopping. If you don’t think you want to keep the pieces after the session, we don’t have to take the tags off so you can return them (if the store allows it. Always check the return policy first).
We will not want any jewelry in your headshots. Things like earrings and necklaces tend to pull the eye away from your face which is the last thing we want.
Women, I do not require you to work with my makeup artist, but I do highly encourage it. We work together on a regular basis, and the makeup is applied to work with the lighting that I use. She is there with us the entire session and knows what works well for the camera. She is able to help us make small adjustments as we go to help add a little more versatility to your session.
If you have any makeup allergies, please let us know before your session. If you have makeup sensitivities, we may request that you bring any makeup that you already have that you know will be safe for you.
Please come to your session with a clean face and no makeup. If you have a skincare routine with creams and oils that is still perfectly okay to follow exactly as you do daily.
Pro tip: Sometimes it’s extremely hard to get that excess mascara off, especially if it is a long wearing formula. Take a q tip, any tissue, or even your fingers and use coconut oil across your lashes. Wipe away gently while the oil dissolves the solution in the mascara. A little bit goes a long way with this method.
If there is a specific foundation, mascara, hairspray, or any other product you have an absolute love for please bring that item. The makeup artist no problem with using a favorite product or shade that you have come to know was made for you.
If you have sensitive skin and require a special foundation please bring that with you the day of the shoot.
You should come to the studio with your hair styled as you would on a good hair day. Hairstyles are extremely personal, and you will know how you like to wear it, and how to most easily replicate the look. If you want a style change through the session, for example, your hair is curly and you want it straight, one of my makeup artists can help you with that. Please let us know before your session if this will be the case so we can plan accordingly. If you have long hair, I do encourage you to bring a ponytail holder. That can be a good look for your portfolio.
99.8% of the time, I do not want makeup on men. You may want to use a little dab of moisturizer (if your skin is not oily) and a little clear lip balm, and that is it.
If you have or can grow facial hair, feel free to come in with what you have. If you then want a clean shaven look, bring your shaving supplies and you can shave at some point during the session.
About a week before your session, start drinking lots of water, and try to avoid anything that can dehydrate you. Well hydrated skin looks great on camera. It has a nice, healthy glow.
The night before, get a good night’s sleep.
Eat something before you come in.