HOW LONG IS A HEADSHOT SESSION?
No limit on time, but most headshot sessions take about 1-hour in the studio unless they’re acting or modeling headshots which last about 2-hours due to different setups. It is advised that you arrive 10-minutes before for your headshot session, so as not to delay the process or booking schedule.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
We are located in downtown Elgin. As we are considering relocating (still downtown Elgin), I’ll send you our exact address when you schedule your session. The studio is a sunny south-facing loft-style space always fully stocked with refreshments and snacks.
IS A MAKE-UP ARTIST/HAIR STYLIST REQUIRED?
The majority of our clients do not use an in-studio makeup artist, with good results. But professional makeup does make a difference. If you apply your own makeup, generally, matte, bold colors are best; do not use products with shimmer; be aware of moisturizer and foundation that reflect light. If you’re not sure, consider having makeup applied at your salon; be sure they know it is for a photoshoot.
Whether you apply your own makeup or hire someone, what you’re looking for is a light and clean look. If you hire a makeup artist, ask to see their work beforehand; headshot makeup is very different from other styles. Ideally, the artist will meet you at the session. And having your salon or stylist handle your makeup is totally fine.
We do have make-up artists available for your session; please ask us for a referral.
Guys: makeup is optional, but if you choose to have makeup applied, be sure the artist has experience with men.
If you will not have a makeup artist at the session, please arrive camera-ready.
Our rates include image retouching. We soften age/smile lines, whiten teeth, remove stray hairs, smooth blemishes, and make general lighting and color enhancements. We take a natural-looking, conservative approach with our retouching. Please note our “style” and edits always reflect the images you see on our site.
CAN WE SHOOT ON LOCATION?
Yes! Most of our sessions are shot in the studio, but if you are looking for variety or have a special location in mind — a 787 flight deck? We can do that. Just keep in mind the appropriateness of the background: is it relevant to you, your business, and your brand? We can discuss this in a free pre-shoot consult.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER MY HEADSHOT SESSION?
When we finish the session, we’ll sit down and review the photos. It’s helpful to have a second set of eyes as you select the best shots for your finished, retouched images. This process puts you in control of your purchase and ensures you get what you want.
HOW DO I BOOK AN APPOINTMENT?
I usually book up at least 1-month in advance. Please submit your request here
with your contact information, when you are wanting to shoot, and whether you need a session in the studio or the office. Once a date has been secured, you will receive an email with details on your headshot session including payment info, wardrobe advice, studio address, and other helpful information.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Being your favorite dress, top, or jacket. If you love yourself in it, chances are you’ll love your photos. If you love it, bring it.
Solid colors and colors that make your eyes pop are best. Jackets are the quickest way to make a change; most of the time the bottom doesn’t make the frame, so you can maximize your looks by changing tops.
- Don’t wear pinstripes
- Yellow is usually a “no”
- Avoid heavily patterned clothing
- Avoid sheer white
- Be careful with jewelry worn around the neck (necklaces)
- Watch plunging necklines
- Short sleeves usually don’t work
- Darker colors are best
- Avoid sheer white shirts
- Depending on your business, consider a jacket and/or tie
- Come with a fresh shave. If you have a beard or mustache, consider a professional trim.
For most professionals, you can wear anything you want as long as it’s appropriate for your line of work. Avoiding patterns or busy clothing often yields the best results.
Bring at least one extra change. Also, see this article.
HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR THE SESSION?
Plan, prepare, and unwind! Plan ahead so you have all the things you need before the session. Go for coffee, get a pedicure, or do whatever you need to relax before the shoot date! Don’t squeeze a shoot into an already frantic schedule. Give yourself cushion before and after your shoot. Eating a light meal, drinking plenty of water, and getting a good night’s sleep will help you feel and look better. If you are scheduled for a longer session, try to take the day off.
Read this article in Backstage.
WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY “LOOKS”?
A term most relevant to models and actors, Looks
are wardrobe and styling changes creating a persona, fitting a specific role. Examples might include working professional, geek, blue-collar worker, edgy urban, the girl next door, businessman, gamer, studious kid, dumb white guy. Also, see this article
More examples of actor wardrobe looks
- Business — suit & tie, button-down shirt & tie, blazer and blouse
- Rugged/ Casual — flannel, Jean jacket, rugged clothing, vintage, distressed
- Jock/ College Student —varsity Jacket, t-shirt
- Girl or Boy Next Door — flannel, sweater, jeans
- Mom/Dad — flannel, Sweater, blouse
- Edgy/ Sexy/ Cool/ Criminal —leather jacket, black tank top
- Body Conscious —tank top, shirtless, sport bra
Some examples of modeling portfolio looks
- Casual/Lifestyle — American Eagle, Gap, PacSun, Abercrombie
- Dressy — Zara, Banana Republic, Bebe, Armani
- Fitness/Swimsuit/Body — Nike, Speedo, Victoria’s Secret
- Corporate/Business Casual — Kenneth Cole, Anne Taylor
- Personality — Whatever style or clothing makes you unique