Frequently Asked Questions
I am not photogenic; how can you capture an exceptional headshot?
When most folks get in front of a camera, it is like they just hit a wall. One of my superpowers is my ability to connect with people. I’m able to find common ground quickly when I talk to my clients. Once I understand you, I connect to your personality. Our connection enables me to capture your natural expression, and that is the magic behind an exceptional headshot.
What can I expect my finished headshot to look like?
My style is very consistent. I shoot on a solid background, usually gray and white, because as well as looking modern and clean, this helps make your eyes pop and skin tones look healthy. To accentuate your features, I set up beautiful custom lighting for each client. You’ll also be given advanced coaching techniques to give your shot the impression of confidence and approachability. Did you know that confidence comes from the eyes, and approachability comes from the mouth? We want to incorporate both confidence and approachability into your headshots for maximum positive effect.
We’ll accentuate your jawline, we can make your frame appear slimmer, or even bulkier if you’d like. A big one for me is that your headshot shows genuine expression. My aim is to make you look and feel like you, at your very best.
What should I expect during the shoot?
First of all, we’ll sit down and look over the outfits you’ve brought, and you will pick out your favorite outfit and change. You can arrive ready to go in your favorite outfit too. Once you’re dressed, we will immediately get into the shoot. After I take quite a few shots we will stop and review the photos. I want you to understand what you can do to get an exceptional headshot. I’ll tell you what to do and what not to do. I will coach you through the session. The value here is the coaching. And, above all, we will keep it fun.
After our first coaching session, we’ll get back into it and we will look at the first set of images. From that session, we will select about five or six photographs and put them aside. We will shoot about four or five sessions with different outfits. Throughout the sessions, I’m getting the energy level is increasing and we’re having fun. We will continue to stop and look at images and we’ll talk about what is good and what is bad. I’ll be coaching you between sessions.
At the end of the session, we will sit down and grab a cup of coffee. We will look at all of the images we’ve selected and determine the best headshots. We’re going to go to keep burning, and going to select the final headshots. Our goal is to end the shoot with your selection of the best headshot, or several if you choose to purchase more than one photograph.
Do I need to leave a deposit to book a session?
I require a non-refundable deposit upon booking a session. Shooting dates fill up fast so in order for me to keep an accurate studio calendar, the session fee is taken and is applied to the final cost of your photoshoot. At the same time, I understand that sometimes life happens and things come up that mean you need to reschedule. If you can notify me within 48 hrs of the shoot and we can reschedule within 30 days, I’ll happily apply that deposit to your next shoot. No shows on the day scheduled forfeit the session fee.
Is your studio sanitary?
You can bet on it. I limit my bookings to a maximum of two sessions per day. I book a morning session and an afternoon session. These are private sessions, we will be there together without people coming and going. More than likely, you will meet Chase Mutley, my furry best friend. Before and after each session, I sanitize the studio.
What digital photos will I receive?
All of the final images you get from me will be professionally retouched. The days of heavy retouching and fake-looking features are, thankfully, coming to an end. Sure, we could all do with a little bit of help in retouching, but I still want you to look natural at the end of it, like a human being. I want you to look like you.
I will remove any blemishes, and I’ll even out skin discoloration and skin tone for a high quality, flattering, and natural look. Color correction and hair flyaways are tidied up, along with lint, etc. removed from clothing. This minimal, but highly skilled process is really important to give your headshot a high-end, polished overall feel.
You will receive a high-resolution jpeg image. If you want printed images, we can discuss that. Additionally, I will send you appropriately cropped images for your social media channels:
Facebook and Instagram:
- Profile Photo: 600 x 600 pixels
- Square Photo: 1080 x 1080 pixels
- Story Photo: 1080 x 1920 pixels
- Profile Photo: 800 x 800 pixels max 10 MB
- Profile Photo: 400 x 400 pixels max 2 MB
- Profile Photo: 600 x 600 pixels
- Profile Photo: 800 x 800 pixels
Hair & Makeup
For men, 99% of the time I generally don’t recommend using a makeup artist. If you feel that you want to work with one, we can arrange that but let’s speak about your needs first. For women’s makeup, we just want to keep it simple. As much as we don’t want distracting patterns or necklines in clothes, we don’t want heavy makeup. I highly encourage you to use my hair and makeup artist. If you choose not to, the trick is to keep the makeup simple and clean. This is especially important for headshots. When we’ve got a few shots in the bag, you can apply more makeup if you like, to suit your taste. Arrive with your hair ready for how you’d like it for the shoot. Again, I’d recommend keeping it simple and clean looking. Whether you’re using our makeup artist or doing your own makeup, it’s a good idea to start a regime a few days before the shoot of drinking plenty of water and moisturizing your skin more than usual. Hydrated skin looks amazing on camera.
What should I wear to the shoot?
Avoid busy patterns, textures, or distracting necklines. For Business or Corporate Headshot sessions, wear your favorite suit or business dress, a crisp shirt, your go-to tie, and pocket square etc. Have all clothes cleaned and pressed before the shoot. Pay attention to older shirts which have collars that have become soft or floppy over time, or fit too loose or tight around the neck.
If we’re going for smart casual, wear your absolute favorite clothes. No matter what type of shoot we’re doing, bring a selection of clothes to the shoot. There’s no time limit on our session, we shoot until we get what we need out of the shoot, so make the most of that and bring all of your favorite outfits! In short, bring clothes that make you feel great. I want you to look and feel your very best and you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes in how people feel in front of the camera when they’re wearing their favorite clothes.
If you’re an actor, actress, or entertainer, we want the biggest range of ‘looks’ possible from our shoot. So let’s chat more in detail on the telephone to decide on target age ranges, character ranges, and role targets that you may have.