Frequently Asked Questions
I'm sure you have questions. Don't worry, I've got answers. If you've never had a professional headshot done, this page is for you. If you have a question that's not answered here, let me know.
What's can I expect from a typical session?
First, forget your school picture days. A professional headshot or portrait session is a custom experience all for you. Prior to the session, we will have discussed your brand and objectives for the images. Then, at the studio, we'll narrow down the starting wardrobe options, and off we go to the camera.
I'll give you some posing tips and tricks as we fine tune the lights. We'll cover all the angles and you'll hear some of my bad jokes. Have a favorite side? Be sure to mention it! At that point, my job is really to get you as comfortable as possible and help distract your nerves (yes, everyone is a little nervous). That's how we get the amazing authentic images like you see here.
What should I wear?
Bring a few options. If it's an outfit you love, odds are, it looks amazing on you. Keep it simple—stay away from loud patterns and big logos. And avoid overly bright or neon colors. These tones can reflect the studio lights back on your skin. Please, don't hesitate to ask any wardrobe related questions.
Guys, if you're wearing a shirt with a fitted collar, make sure it's the right size! When in doubt, ask a tailor.
What about makeup and jewelry?
Ladies, wear your normal makeup. Don't get too fancy. And err towards matte finishes. If makeup is not your expertise, let us know. I can arrange a makeup artist to join the shoot.
Jewelry should be minimal so as not to cause distractions.
Men, you're off the hook. Makeup is not required at all. But do avoid any facial moisturizers, sun screen or anything that can clump in facial hair or shift skin color.
Should I wear my glasses?
If you normally wear glasses, odds are, you'll want them in the shot. And don't forget to clean them before you arrive.
Can I order prints?
Yes! Your final retouched images will be ready for print. Use your own print service, or I can recommend some some professional printing options.
Are my images retouched?
Retouching is very time consuming, so only your final selections (included in your package) will be fully retouched. Any proofs you see will be color corrected but not necessarily retouched.
Standard retouching covers skin blemishes, stray hairs, teeth whitening and a little magic in the eyes. And yes, I'll take care of those pesky bags under your eyes. After the retouching process, you'll look like you had a fantastic night's sleep (even if you didn't). Additional retouching is available but subject to an additional fee.
Can we shoot on location?
Location shoots—outdoors, or at your office or storefront are definitely options worth discussing. You'll be surprised to see how well a conference room can convert into a photo studio. Pricing for location sessions may vary from standard packages to account for travel & additional setup time.
Will you use my images online?
My business is built through showing fantastic photos and word of mouth referrals. As part of a headshot package, consent to share your images on the website and through social media is requested. This is an industry standard practice and I like to be upfront about it. If you have a particular privacy concern, let me know so we can discuss before the session.
How many images do I get and when can I expect them?
You'll have about 15 proofs to pick from in a standard session. Your final retouched images will be digitally delivered. Please allow 2 weeks from your session date for initial proofs. And once you've made final selects, please allow another 2 weeks for retouching.
In a rush? Let me know. Expedited turn around may be available.
What if I have to cancel?
Life happens. And I'll do my best to handle any surprises. However, note that last minute rescheduling may be subject to a $50 rebooking fee.