FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Is The Studio Sanitary?
I shoot out of my condo, so there’s no other photographers and or clients who haven’t booked their session in advance, which makes it easy to disinfect the place between clients.
- What can I expect my finished headshot to look like?
Click here to see the Headshots section for my style of headshots. I shoot on a solid-colour background, usually gray or white. This gives your headshot a modern and clean look. It also helps your skin tone look natural and make your eyes pop. I will also give you advanced coaching techniques on how to show confidence and yet be approachable. 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.
- Do you offer on-location shoots?
Yes, I do. Some business and corporate headshot clients prefer me to come on-site. Contact me for more details.
- Do I need to book an appointment?
Yes. All headshots are by appointment only.
To get the very best out of my time and yours, pre-planning goes into every shoot.
- Do I need to leave a deposit to book a session?
I require a 50% non-refundable deposit upon booking the session. Shooting dates fill up fast, so for me to keep an accurate calendar, I take a deposit and will apply it to the final cost of your photoshoot.
At the same time, life happens and things come up that mean you can't make it. If you can notify me 48 hours before the shoot and we can reschedule within 30 days, I'll happily apply the deposit to your next shoot.
No-shows on the day of the booking, or notice less than 48 hours, results in a forfeit of the deposit.
- What should I wear to the shoot?
You need to avoid busy patterns, textures, or distracting necklines. For business or corporate headshot sessions, wear your favorite suit or business dress, your crispest shirt, your go-to tie. Have all clothes cleaned and pressed before the shoot if possible. Pay attention to older shirts which have collars that have become soft or floppy over time, or fit too loose 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 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 the difference it makes in how people feel in front of the camera when they're wearing their favorite outfit.
If you're an actor, actress, or entertainer, we want the biggest range of 'looks' possible from our shoot. Let's chat more in detail on the telephone to decide on target age ranges, character ranges, and role targets that you may have.
- Hair & Makeup
I generally don't recommend using a makeup artist for men. If you feel that you want to work with one, we can arrange that, but let's speak about your needs first.
For women, we just want to keep the makeup simple. As much as we don't want distracting patterns or necklines in clothes, we don't want heavy makeup. I encourage you to use a hair and makeup artist if you don’t feel comfortable doing your own hair or makeup.
For both men and women, it's a good idea to start a regime a few days before the shoot by drinking plenty of water and moisturizing your face more than usual. Hydrated skin looks amazing on camera.
- What Retouching Do You Do?
Excessive retouching can make a great headshot look cheap, and make a bad headshot look worse. All the final images you get from me will be lightly retouched. I want you to look like you.
I will remove any blemishes. I will even out any skin discoloration for a high quality, flattering, and natural look. I will do some color correction, tidy up hair flyaways, and remove lint from clothing. This minimal, but highly skilled process is important in giving your headshot a high end, professional feel.
If you have any questions for me, click the contact button at the bottom of the page to e-mail me.