HEADSHOTS CINCINNATI

Cincinnati Headshot Photographer

THE RECIPE FOR THE PERFECT HEADSHOT

Today's first impressions are often made online. Did you know, it takes less than 1 second for someone to form an opinion of you?  You can bet you will be social media searched before you even walk into that office for your job interview.  What does your headshot say about you?  Does it show you are confident and approachable or do you look out to lunch?  A premium headshot will give you credibility in a sea of other faces.  Your headshot should be a thumb stopper when people are scrolling past all the other applicants, actors, models and movers and shakers.  Don't get scrolled past any longer!  You need a professional headshot photographer that specializes in making a great first impression.

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CONFIDENCE   

Confidence is key in landing jobs and attracting people to you.  People trust confident people.  Leaders, movers and shakers, entrepreneurs exude confidence and so should you!  

 
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APPROACHABILITY 

If you have confidence without approachability, you are likely to scare people away.  We will work together to make these two character traits live in harmony together.

 
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THE PERFECT IMPRESSION

No headshot via a selfie stick, or photo taken by your well intentioned mom is going to set you apart.  We will work together to capture you at your best! 

she knows how to coach you....to elicit the best images for your professional headshots
— Abi
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She has a great sense of humor and puts you at ease right away
— Mia
 

THE HEADSHOT PROCESS

This isn't your typical "say cheese" experience.  At your session, you will receive detailed coaching to get your best expressions and it will be fun! From wardrobe changes and makeup touchups, to final photo selections, your session will be upbeat and relaxed.  I shoot tethered for immediate image review so you are never left wondering how things are going. File delivery happens within the week, unless otherwise discussed.  Whether you have 45 minutes for an express session, or prefer a more relaxed, detailed session, we've got you covered.

 

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STYLING

You’ve invested in yourself so we start with styling to make sure it’s on point for your session. Choosing the right combination of looks is key. I will make sure your collar is not sagging, your shirt is smoothed out and everything is in check. A quick hair and makeup scan and then it’s time to step in front of the beauty lights. Do you have a “favorite” side of your face? That will be determined during this phase as well.

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This is when the magic starts. I have years of training and some tricks up my sleeve to give you a more chiseled jaw line and a slimmer shoulder profile. I will get your eyes, mouth and brows working together to create a look of confidence, approachability and credibility. I shoot tethered to my computer so you can see the images on a 27” screen in real time rather than wondering how things are going.

Selecting

The selecting of images happens during the entire session. We will take breaks during shooting and save our favorites in a special folder for viewing at the end. This process makes deciding on “the keepers” quick and painless. If yours is an Express Session, you will make your final decision before you leave. Portfolio and Branding Sessions will receive an online gallery for gathering the input of friends and family.

Retouching

I personally retouch my client’s images to ensure the outcome is exactly what we want. Blemish removal, stray hair fixes, and teeth whitening is always implemented. I will discuss any additional concerns you may want addressed in the retouching process. Your headshots will look fresh, clean and like your best self! You will receive both low resolution and high resolution downloads of your images.


BUSINESS HEADSHOTS

Would you try to read a book that has blank pages? Then why would you expect to gain potential clients or jobs with a photo that is lacking expression? Your headshot is the title to your story. It needs to be good in order for people to want to read more. Whether it be used for a LinkedIn Headshot, an email signature, on your business card or even in general inner office correspondence, your headshot should speak volumes about your competency and credibility. A strong image portrays confidence and abilities that you know you have. Make it easy for everyone else to see that potential as well so you are not overlooked.

ACTOR HEADSHOTS

Imagine the hundreds of images a talent scout sees every single day. Do your headshots stop the scroll? They need to show your personality. Your ability to be comfortable and confident in front of the lens. Updated headshots should be a staple in your portfolio. These are not portfolio shots, but genuine headshots. They should show the real you. Minimal makeup, subdued wardrobe. A window to your soul. Book a session to create a handful of looks that you can use as needed. Go beyond the typical portfolio shots and invest in high end headshots as the first stop in your portfolio.


Express Session

The perfect package for those who are looking for a quick and cost conscious headshot with no extra fluff.  

  • up to 45 minute session

  • 1 look (outfit)

  • 1 fully retouched headshot

  • instant selection of your image


Portfolio Session

This package offers more time for angles, coaching and wardrobe changes.  

  • up to 90 minute session

  • 3 looks (outfits)

  • 3 fully retouched headshots

  • online proofing gallery for image selection or select in the studio


Branding Session

A package for those who need a handful of headshots for varied use.

  • up to 3 hour session studio/location

  • unlimited looks (outfits)

  • 3 headshots/5 branding images

  • online proofing gallery for image selection or select in the studio


ON LOCATION HEADSHOTS

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Your Cincinnati area and Northern Kentucky business can have high-end headshots for your whole company or teams knocked out in the convenience of your own office space.  Scheduled in 10-15 minute timeframes, these quick, fun sessions make it easy on your employees while giving you consistent, stress-free results.  

 
 

Styling Tips

It takes a little forethought for your upcoming headshot session.  Whether it be corporate headshots, or actor headshots, what you choose to bring with you is important.  Equally important is proper care for your skin, hair and lips.  Below are some helpful guidelines to point you in the right direction.

 

Business Headshots for Men

When preparing for your business headshot, choose your garments carefully.  My goal is to keep the focus on you, not on your clothing.  Ill fitting clothing or bright shirts and wild ties will distract the eye from you - the subject.  Choose well-pressed clean, and current suit jackets,  crisp shirts free from stains and saggy collars and ties that compliment the jackets and shirts.  Ties may have patterns and should be in today's current style for a fresh modern look.  Your shirts should fit exceptionally without pulling at the buttons or sagging across the chest.  We will work together to choose the right combinations of the 3 items.  Need to brush up on your tie tying skills?  Check out the video which shows the 4 most popular knots.  Don't forget the ever important dimple, which is not shown in this particular video.  Throw in some casual items as well if you want to end your session with a relaxed look for social media headshot use.  Find the casual/actor tips below.

 
 

Business Headshots for Women

When preparing for your business headshot session, always start with the basics and build from there.  Tanks are great to wear as your base layer and make changing in the studio effortless.  Pack a white, gray and black fitted top, long sleeved preferably.  Jacket, sweaters, turtlenecks are all great options for women.  Your headshot is about you, not what you are wearing so keep patterns and bright colors to a minimum.  Bring items that can be layered for easy options.  Clothing should be clean, and neatly pressed.  Jewelry should be minimal or non existent.  I'm a huge jewelry lover, however we are limiting distractions in our clothing so we don't want to add it back with bling.  Studs are ideal if you decide to wear earrings.  Necklaces generally do not work in headshots.  I'm happy to shoot both with and without if you insist on your jewelry.


Actors and Casual Style Headshots

You've decided on a casual headshot session or you've decided to end your corporate headshot session with an everyday look for your social media profiles.  The same base rules apply for this type of headshot.  Solid, neutral clothing always works best.  White, black and gray should come with you as your first selections.  Then add color based on if your skin tone is warm, cool or neutral. Pack colors that compliment your skin tone, not compete with it.  T-shirts, tanks, henleys, turtlenecks, leather jackets, jean jackets, even hoodies can all be fun options for your casual or actor headshot session. Layering items add to the fun and simplicity of your photoshoot. 


Personal Grooming Tips

Finding the right photographer is the hardest part.  The rest is icing on the cake.  Speaking of icing, I don't recommend makeup for men for a headshot session.  Powder is acceptable if you have oily skin or pick up a tube of Peter Thomas Roth Max Anti shine Matifying Gel, which is a miracle worker on oily skin.  Make sure you have moisturized skin and your lips are free from chapping.  Bring lip balm with you the day of your shoot.  For both men and women, avoid using moisturizer with SPF as it can make your skin look shinier with the studio lights.  Women, your makeup should be clean and fresh.  No need to overdue it for your headshot session.  Avoid strong, hard eyeliner lines, and brows that are heavily penciled in or squared off with liner or even stamps.  Simply filling in bare areas is sufficient as well as cleaning up any stray hairs.  Women, bring lip gloss, balm or color.  When wearing color, it should compliment your skin tone, not take all the focus away from your other features.  Make sure the color stays within the outline of your lips.  Your foundation on your face needs to match your neck.  Bring everything with you for touch ups as we go along.

Hair should be clean and not recently cut.  Hair needs a week or so to settle in to a haircut.  I've had many cancellations due to haircuts that didn't go as planned or ended up shorter than intended.  Please bring your brush, hairspray, bobby pins and even a ponytail holder.  If you straighten or curl your hair, consider bringing those tools with you as well in case you need to make adjustments.

Men, to help eliminate razor burn and irritation, use a new blade for shaving and moisten your face with hot water to prep the skin before using a quality shave cream.  Don't forget to rinse with cool water and pat dry and apply a good moisturizer.   Do you want photos with facial hair and without?  Schedule enough time and you can shave at the studio in between looks.  

If you wear glasses and have more than one pair, bring them all with you.  Different glasses will sit on your face differently and lenses react to the light differently as well.  Lenses with the anti glare coating is preferred.