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“What to Expect for your Head Shots”
Frequently Asked Questions on Business Head Shots
How does the process work?
Each portrait I take is tailored to your needs and preferences. An essential part of the process is determining what kind of atmosphere you want your portrait to reflect. Photographs can be taken at your business, a studio, or a location of your choosing. But no matter where the photo is taken, the business portrait session is a relaxed and enjoyable event. With wardrobe changes and lots of personal attention, you come away with a portrait that allows your true character to shine through. Together we will choose the best image(s) of your session so you leave knowing exactly what you will be receiving.
What about makeup for a business head shot?
Makeup is an important component of a portrait session for both men and women. Since photography lights can wash out features, women should wear a bit more makeup than usual for the session, and men can also benefit greatly from applying a light foundation or powder. Even if you prefer a natural look, a good foundation can smooth out skin tones, and a little lipstick and mascara can bring out your features. I highly recommend having makeup done professionally for your photograph. Your skin will have a fine, smooth texture, your best features will be emphasized, and your natural coloring will sparkle.
What should I wear for a business head shot?
Choose an outfit that you would wear when meeting one of your best clients and that you feel great in! If it is a suit, be sure the jacket fits well. This is critical! The camera blatantly shows if seams are straining, or if your shoulders are swimming in extra material. Choose a solid color that is somewhat darker than your natural skin tone. A deep red, gray, green, brown or blue suit jacket is a good choice, as these colors look well in both black-and-white and color. Under the jacket you can wear a contrasting top with a simple collar (jewel neck, traditional shirt collar). For variety, you can wear the shirt or blouse without a jacket or with a sweater for some of the photos. Bring several clean and pressed tops to the session. For women, simple, non-distracting jewelry, such as stud earrings or a thin necklace, will give you a professional look. In general, avoid dangly earrings, unless they are an integral part of your “look.” Many of my clients are artists or entrepreneurs who rarely wear suits. If you prefer casual clothes, scarves, capes, hats or props, by all means bring them along.
What is your turnaround time?
Final files are usually ready within one-two days after your session.
I always look terrible in picures. Will you ever get a good portrait of me?
This is an extremely common concern. People who say they don’t photograph well usually tense up in front of a camera-which will indeed produce a less than flattering photo! I am dedicated to creating an atmosphere that will help you to relax. I have studied lighting, directing and posing techniques that will bring out your best features and most positive attitude. I guarantee you will get a picture you love!
Head shot for your professional life
Your professional head shot is a window for your clients, colleagues, potential employers or agents to get a sense of who you really are. Your professional portrait is an opportunity to share your brand and to show the face of your business. A compelling head shot, whether for your business or your artistic life, is an essential part of how you present yourself to the world.
I work with business people, actors, musicians and authors. No matter what your profession, I will dedicate myself to understanding you and the special qualities you bring to your work.
We will collaborate in studio or on location to create a headshot you will be proud to show.
Head Shot/Personal Branding Session Fee is $500
That $500 session fee will be used towards purchasing a la carte photographs and/or packages of photographs.
Call me at 613-888-5113 to discuss your ideas for your head shot!