First Great Impressions
Your digital image is your first impression. Your headshot appears on your social media pages, website, email, LinkedIn, your phone and your address book. A headshot doesn’t have to be old-fashioned and boring. Our headshots and executive portraits are modern, clean and personalized.
Our headshots are photographed from the shoulders up and as far as backgrounds go, we can typically accommodate just about any color. Executive portraits, on the other hand, typically have a personalized environmental element and are often half-body or 3/4 length.
* Up to 15-Minute headshot session per person
* White or black background
* On-site image review and selection
* Additional images can be purchased at the session for $75 each
* Digital delivery of final images within 3-5 business days
When was the last time you updated your headshot?
We recommend updating your headshot at least every two years or anytime your look changes significantly. The goal is to have a modern and professional portrait that shows who you are today.
Who needs a headshot?
Everybody these days needs a headshot. Professionals, businesses of all sizes, realtors, public figures, models, doctors, and actors are all great examples. In addition to single-person headshots and executive portraits, we also provide group portraits. These are perfect for Real Estate Teams, Law Firm Partners, Business Partners, or any other professional team or group.When you come to us for a portrait, you will receive a custom-tailored client experience and our exceptional craftsmanship in the products you receive.
In studio or on location?
For groups of 3 or more we can quickly set up a mobile studio at your location so you can be guaranteed the same quality as in our studio, saving you time and money.
What to wear:
Wear something that makes you feel confident and comfortable. Remember, when you feel good, you look good. If possible, stick with solid colors and avoid loud patterns or stripes. Choose colors that accentuate your skin tone, but that aren’t so strong that they take the attention away from your face.
Wearing a jacket or long sleeves typically looks much better than short sleeves or sleeveless shirts. If you aren’t sure about what you want to wear, feel free to email your outfits to us ahead of time or bring a few different outfits and accessories with you to the studio.
Hair and Makeup:
Professional hair and makeup can mean the difference between a good portrait and an amazing portrait. We recommend having your hair done professionally somewhere you are familiar with. Let us know if you need a recommendation.
How to prepare
There are lots of different elements to keep in mind when preparing, both before and during the headshot. And often, there are many easy tips to follow to truly unlock the benefits of getting a professional headshot.
It is a common misconception that the headshot process is similar to school yearbook pictures: you sit on a stool and it’s one-and-done, over before you know it. However, this is simply untrue. Depending on time constraints and positions, headshot sessions often vary in timing.
CEO headshot photo shoots can take up to two hours, while average working professionals and executives tend to spend up to 20 minutes with photographers hired by the company.
Either way, it is better to allow a decent amount of time in your schedule for headshot sessions and follow these 6 easy tips on how to prepare for your session to ensure you and the photographer get the best results possible.
1) Before the shoot, share as much information with your photographer as possible
A headshot session is generally short and thus requires some preparation beforehand to ensure that both the photographer and the subject are on the same page of what they want out of their headshot.
Before the shoot, share your expectations with the photographer in terms how what the overall look and feel you would like to achieve from this. The more information your photographer has beforehand, the easier it is to direct the session to mold to your expectations.
2) During the shoot, don’t forget to relax
Sounds simple enough, but often the hardest to accomplish. If you are not relaxed, that mood will be conveyed in the photo through body language and expression and diminishes the quality of the photo.
Try to focus on improving your posture throughout the shoot, and listen to the photographer’s direction. If at any point, you have concerns, express them. Whether it is before the shoot, or during, do not hesitate to voice any concerns as they arise.
3) Dress comfortably, get some rest, and hydrate
To avoid dark circles, hydrate plenty beforehand and try to rest well the night before. In terms of clothing – definitely be your usual stylish, fashionable self but bear in mind that the subject of your photograph is your face and not your outfit. Make sure to wear something you feel confident and comfortable in so that mood comes through in pictures.
For a traditional business look, classic dark suits are a great choice. To choose a well-pairing tie, aim to wear a shade that falls between the color of the suit and shirt underneath. A v-neck undershirt underneath is optional.
For a business casual look, skip the jacket and opt for a colored dress shirt or blouse that, ideally, is darker than your skin tone. In both cases, aim for small simple jewelry.
You can always bring different clothing options to choose from while on set. Also, take care that the outfit does not bunch when you sit down or have it buttoned.
4) Avoid wearing busy clothing and jewelry
Choosing the right clothing for a headshot is often difficult, but by eliminating some things that do not work in pictures, it might be easier to choose an outfit. Avoid turtlenecks and clothing with bold and distracting patterns and colors. Also, try and avoid clothing with grid-like squares or minuscule herringbone patterns.
Avoid shiny and reflective articles of clothing. Female executives may want to avoid wearing short sleeves or sleeveless blouses as they draw attention to bare arms.
Also, it is best to avoid all-white dress shirts or blouses if you are not wearing a jacket or sweater over it. White shirts often cause a loss of detail and depth in a person and easily washes them out.
Jewelry tends to be a tricky element, but the key component is to make sure it not distracting. Eschew earrings that dangle longer than an inch, and are reflective.
Also, make sure to bring various grooming supplies such as lip balm and a hairbrush.
5) Err on the side of simple hair and makeup
Ideally, the hair and makeup in a professional headshot should be timeless and classic. Style your hair, and apply makeup before leaving. Make-up should be clean, and most importantly, natural.
To eliminate shine, apply a layer of translucent powder to face and neck. This also has the added benefit of shrinking the appearance of large pores and evening out skin tone. Take care to avoid products with shimmer and sparkles, and also avoid overly bright colors.
Ultimately, your headshot will be used in many different instances. These include your company websites, collaterals, social media channels and media opportunities wherein you are interviewed, or you participate in media opportunities where you could potentially be interviewed or profiled.
And in an increasingly digital world, it is better to have a professional headshot ready to provide in these situations. Furthermore, a professional headshot is integral for event promotion where you could be speaking or honored. It is also useful for maintaining brand consistency.
Ultimately, your headshot might be your first and only impression, reflecting your personal brand as well as your company. It could be a deciding factor between new business and a lost opportunity. You decide.
For more information or to schedule your next headshot session, please do not hesitate to contact us.
In Front of the Camera
Please do your best to arrive on time. We often book sessions back-to-back, and I want to make sure we aren’t rushed. After spending a couple of minutes to get acquainted, we’ll show you a few basics of posing, take a test shot or two, then begin the session.
One thing that our customers tell us they love is that we photograph directly to a computer so we can see the images, make any changes, and select our favorites in real time.
A typical session happens in two phases. We start by taking a variety of photographs with your head and body turned different ways and asking for various expressions. The purpose of this step is to help us get a sense of what you like and don’t like. It also helps with your body awareness so you can understand how moving your body or head in certain ways changes the look of the portrait.
The 2nd phase is where we typically get our “keeper” images. Here, we refine your posing and expression to get the images that you’ll love.
Image Retouching & Delivery
We professionally retouch and deliver all images to a “standard” level of retouching. That means that the photographs look like the best version of you. We’ll lighten lines, remove blemishes, and smooth blotchy skin. If there are particular things you want to have retouched, please let us know.
We will deliver your images to you through a private online gallery where you’ll be able to view and download them.