FAQ Headshots

The world is visual. Always has been, but now it's at the speed of light. You are the face of your business, whether you work for yourself or someone else. You need a headshot. For your website, your LinkedIn profile, your business card, even for your dating profile. I offer a variety of headshot packages from micro sessions for quick updates to full sessions that give you a few different looks for use across your brand. I offer options for people that are comfortable in front of the camera and those that may need a bit more time to warm up.

What what info do you need from me?

In order to make you look your best, I need to know a bit about you. We schedule a phone call to go over your needs and how I can help you. Some of the questions I will ask are: What do you do? What do you want your clients to see when they see your image? How do you want to come across to them? Confident? Accessible? Open? Trustworthy?

How do I prepare for my session?

Please make sure you take care of any needed personal grooming prior to our session. This includes but not limited to haircuts, hair coloring, manicures, makeup, and shaving. The retouching doesn’t include removing grey roots, fixing chipped nail polish, removing a 5 o’clock shadow, or adding makeup. Please make sure your clothes are neat and unwrinkled. Tanning & sunburns: If you have tan lines or if you are sunburnt, you should schedule your session after they have faded. If you are planning to spray tan, please come to me before your session.

What do I wear?

Something that is both appropriate to your line of work and comfortable. What do you normally wear when you meet your clients? Are you in a formal line of work? Are you a creative? You and I can discuss this in our phone call - but I include a quick list below. It must be comfortable. Your headshot session is not the day to wear a new outfit for the first time. Please try everything on prior to your session to confirm it fits properly and that it is comfortable. If you are rebranding/changing careers and you would like to meet with a great stylist, I can recommend Kerry at The First Look. 

What is included in the retouching?

My philosophy is that I want you to look your best. The best current you. With that in mind, I will do what a good makeup artist can do. I will smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, tame rosacea, whiten teeth, and sparkle eyes. I can remove pimples and with prior discussion, scars. If you have particular concerns, it would be best that we discuss them prior to booking the session. What I will not do is make you look 20 years younger or 20 pounds lighter. It will not include removing large wrinkles or thinning of body parts. Your headshot represents you but it also represents my work. I believe in truth in advertising. If you’ve gotten to here and believe we are not a good fit, I’m happy to give you a recommendation to other photographers that do this type of work.

Anything else I need to know?

Yes! Locations: can be indoors/outdoors/studio. Travel fees may apply. Same day on site delivery: $150 and up. Extra retouched Images: $50 each. Turnaround time is on average 2-3 business days - but please inquire at the time of booking.

WHAT TO WEAR: A headshot is a first impression. Think about how you want to appear to your clients. What is the non verbal message you want to give them? Confident? Easy to approach? Professional? Someone who can be trusted? What industry are you in? Creative or conservative? A bit of everything? What would a client normally see you wearing?   

Any no-no's?

Yes. No hair ties on wrists, no gum, and no pushing your tongue up against your teeth. Be careful with patterns.

There are two things we need to go over: your comfort and how you look.

Comfort

  • Wear comfortable but neat clothes. Unwrinkled and clean. Remove tags and please don’t use the session to wear never before worn clothes. They can be scratchy and uncomfortable and it will show in the photos.

  • Check fit. Does the shirt or blouse pull open when you move your arms? Do they tug at the waistline? Are bra straps showing? You should feel comfortable and not self conscious.

Colors and Contrast

  • You are the star of your photos, not your clothes. They should compliment and not compete with you.

  • Keeping the above in mind, please stay away from bold and loud patterns if possible. Please no logos or graphics.

  • Colors: Just about any will work with a few caveats: Red, while it is my fav color, it can be a focal point. Use it carefully. Red and green can have holiday connotations. 

  • Makeup - if you normally wear makeup, wear makeup. Bring it with you. If you don’t normally wear makeup, you may want to wear a just a bit. Let’s chat.

You can view more samples of my work here: Headshot Gallery.

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Micro and Express Sessions

These are best for people looking to update their LinkedIn profile or company website. Can be done at your location or in a local studio. The sessions are between 5 and 15 mins long and Includes one/two retouched images depending on the package. Best for people that can be comfortable in front of the camera quickly. Fee is based on how many individuals and the location. 

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Main Session

This package is great for those looking for something a bit more than the traditional grey backdrop. The session is one hour long. We can shoot indoor, outdoor, or both. The session allows for a change of outfits and 5 retouched images. fee depends on location. Local starts at $350. 

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Something different?

Are you a creative? Do you want to color outside of the lines? Maybe an environmental portrait is more your speed? Hey, maybe your headshot doesn't even include your full face? Let's talk. Creative sessions start at $550, are two hours long and include 7 retouched images.