Frequently Asked Questions
You likely have some questions about the headshot session – here are some answers. All clients receive a pre-session preparation guide on what to expect, tips on things such as how to dress, makeup, and more, in addition to a live pre-session consultation. Also, be sure to check out my blog (for more information. If you don't see the answer to your question here, feel free to call me at (781)237-0495 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What should I wear for my session?
This depends on how you plan on using the shot (business vs. entertainment vs. other). In general, it’s good to bring several options to the shoot. We discuss this beforehand but here are some things to consider:
- Bring clothes that you feel comfortable in, that are classy (particularly for business purposes) and match your style and personality. Avoid clothes that are too tight/uncomfortable.
- Make sure any clothes that you bring are clean and neatly pressed especially for collared shirts and suits. The camera is very high resolution and you’d be amazed at what it can pick up.
- For headshots, pants/the lower part of your body won’t be in most of the pictures, but it’s still a good idea to bring some good-looking pants for the shoot. For many non-business shoots, blue Jeans always look great on camera (yes, even with a white shirt), unless they are dingy and torn.
- Avoid jewelry or other accessories – it detracts from the face, which is the main subject of the image.
- In general you want to avoid clothes with busy patterns. Solid colors are best but avoid bright colors as they detract the viewer from your face.
- Buttoned shirts, jackets, V-neck and u-neck sweaters and shirts generally work well.
- For men, solid colored shirts (e.g, white, blue, cream, etc.) are good choices. If you’re wearing a sports jacket or suit, darker colors are always preferable (muted stripes are OK). If you’re going to be wearing a tie, bring several options.
- For women, pick colors that complement your makeup/eye color/eye shadow and skin tone. Business oriented tank-tops generally look good, as do stylish shirts that button.
- Finally, be well rested and hydrated the day before and the day of your shoot – you’ll look and feel better.
What about hair and makeup?
Men: Most of the time men can get by without using professional hair and makeup, but let me know if you have oily skin. Sometimes a powder or foundation can help even out skin tones and keep the face from looking shiny.
Women: While not required I generally recommend professional makeup. A professional makeup person knows how to help you look your best in front of a camera.
How long does it take to get my images?
Turnaround time is generally less than three business days to get your initial gallery of images. Once you make your final image choice(s), it’s typically another two to three business days before your final, edited images are delivered to you. Let me know If you have a deadline and need something even faster when you book the session and we can come to an arrangement that works for you.
How much retouching do you do?
I work to have your images look great straight out of the camera with the best lighting and a variety of “looks” to make you look your best. The images you initially receive will all be in focus, with correct color, crop, etc. I include very minor retouching to remove obvious blemishes, etc.
You have the option to have images further digitally retouched if you’d like to remove or smooth out wrinkles and blemishes as well as stray hairs and dark circles around the eyes, etc... The key is to enhance the image without making it look fake. Additional retouching fees will vary depending on the level of retouching needed, which we can discuss.
Getting a facial several days to a week before the shoot can ensure that your skin will look its best.
I’m a businessperson (ie, not an entertainer/artist/actor) – how formally should I dress?
This depends on a variety of factors mostly centered around who the audience is, what profession you’re working in, what image/persona/message you want to convey, etc. For example, if your intended audience is in banking, the norm is more formal, vs. a high tech young startup, where you’d more likely want a more casual look. We discuss this as part of the initial consultation included prior to the shoot.
I’m an entertainer/artist/actor and these are my first headshots - what kind of headshots do I need?
Actors, entertainers, and other artists need different types of shots depending on the intended purpose(s) of the photos. For example, actors may require different headshots depending on the roles and what type of look you’re going for. Musicians may or may not want their instrument in the photograph, etc. In addition:
Consult with your agent (if you have one) on what you need. They have experience in the industry and more importantly, they know what you need to book more jobs.
If you don't have an agent, then it’s good to get a simple, clean, smiling/upbeat/happy look with minimal retouching to show what you (primarily your headshot) looks like. For dramatic roles, a more dramatic look is also good to have.
Can you also provide portraits of me and my significant other?
Absolutely! I’ve shot couples, families, families with dogs in the same session using different backdrops to provide a unique look – let’s discuss what you’re looking for.
Can you shoot outside or in an office environment?
Yes – note that outside shots are not generally recommended for LinkedIn profiles except for unique situations. Office environment shots are generally recommended for use in specific marketing/website related applications.