Here you can find the answers to a few of the questions I am frequently asked.
What exactly is a headshot?
Simply put, a headshot is a photograph of your head and face and not much else. Headshots are typically framed from the bottom of the shoulders up, although this can vary slightly for various reasons.
The purpose of a headshot is to provide a face for your customers, clients, and business contacts to tie in to other information, such as when used on a business card. The information listed on the card says who you are and what you do, and your headshot puts a face to this information.
Another example would be for an actor or model. Here the headshot is essential as it's nearly impossible to get any work without one, since all the casting director would then have would be your name and bio. Chances of getting called without a headshot are not that good.
A headshot typically doesn't display much information about your personality. I say typically because under the right circumstances it can. Most headshots, at least those done for business purposes, feature a more somber tone in expression. If you really want to smile big and show a little more personality, then you might want to think about getting a business portrait, instead of a headshot.
As a general rule you will want two different headshot photos, with one of them having a white or neutral gray background. This is important since a white or neutral background is usually the best photo for use on your business cards and on social media sites.
A Typical Headshot Session
When your session time starts I'll ask you to sit or stand in front of a background which is typically white or grey unless you request a different color. I'll take a few test shots just to hone things in a little bit more to be sure we get the look we want. Once the lighting and exposure is correct I'll being taking photos. Lots of photos. In fact I may take 30, 50, even 100 or more!
Our goal is to capture a very special look of you.Once the session has ended, the processing of the photos will take anywhere from 5 to 10 days depending on my shoot schedule. After the photos are processed you'll receive an email where you can login and look at your proofs. When you are satisfied with your proofs, you make your final payment through the website and you can instantly download your finalized headshot photos.
If you would like prints of your photos in addition to the digital files that you download right away just contact me.
Headshot or Business Portrait
A business portrait is very much like a headshot with two main differences. The first of these differences is that portraits are typically taken with you in a standing position, while a headshot can be sitting or standing. The second difference is that a portrait photo includes the majority of your body, sometimes your entire body, so keep that in mind when choosing your wardrobe for a portrait shoot.
Roughly speaking, almost any photo of a person, with the exception of a deliberate headshot photo, can be considered a portrait. A portrait can be composed of your head and upper torso or from head to toe. A portrait photo can be happy or sad, angry or joyful. A portrait can be of you standing alone in the grass, or it could be of you enjoying your favorite sport or hobby. In short a portrait photo can be made to tell a story. And it is up to you to decide what it is you want to say in that story.
A typical business portrait is shot much the same way as a headshot. The first photo is taken in front of a neutral background and the second in front of some sort of a stylized background. This type of portrait is common for use on websites of all types - everything from real estate agents to bakers, lawyers to mechanics.
Actor and model portraits tend to be a little more exuberant and dramatic, as do the location settings for these types of photos. For this reason I highly suggest that if you are an actor or model you choose the Deluxe Portrait package, as that package will provide the necessary time needed for various wardrobe changes and even location changes so that you can be sure to get the shots you want.
Will You Photograph My Wedding?I don't presently do wedding photography.
Will You Photograph My Child's Football/Baseball/Sports Game?
Sorry, I don't do sports photography. Although I never have, the exception to this would be photographing dance, gymnastics, or something with artistic form and motion.
Will You Photograph Our Family Portrait/My Baby?
Sorry, I don't do family portraits or infant photography.
Do You Shoot Boudoir?
I have been asked to do boudoir photoshoots numerous times - by both women and men. But I have always turned them down as boudoir photography is not something I have, at least to this point, ever decided that i wanted to try.
I do however create Bodyscapes, which are magnificent works of art derived from a photograph of a small portion of the human body. Bodyscapes pique my creativity and challenge my artistic vision in a way that simply photographing a boudoir scene never could.