PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOTS AND FIRST IMPRESSIONS

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! 

"I'D RATHER GO TO THE DENTIST THAN HAVE MY PHOTO TAKEN"

said, no one who ever left this studio after a headshot session!  We block out a specific time slot just for you, but only use what we need of that time.  From coaching, to wardrobe changes and makeup touchups, to final photo selecting, your session will be upbeat and relaxed.  File delivery happens within the week, unless otherwise discussed.  Whether you have 30 minutes for an express session, or prefer a more relaxed, detailed session, we've got you covered.

 
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The following are my rates for individual headshot sessions.  if you are looking for group rates, please request a quote.  

EXPRESS HEADSHOT

 $285

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

BUSINESS HEADSHOT

$375

If you are looking for a fuller menu to order off of, this package is for you.  There is 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

ACTOR HEADSHOT

$450

This is everything the "main course" offers plus more time, looks, and finished images.  

  • up to 120 minute session
  • unlimited looks (outfits)
  • 6 fully retouched headshots
  • online proofing gallery for image selection or select in the studio
  • additional fully retouched images start at $55
 

BUSINESS and CORPORATE 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.  

 

Planning for your headshot session

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.  Not sure which you are?  There are lots of articles written about this subject and are easily found on the web.  One simple way to gather an idea of which you are is by looking at the veins in your arms.  Do they look blue/green to you?  If so, you are more than likely cool-toned.  If they look greenish, you are probably warm-toned.  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. 

 

STYLING FOR YOUR HEADSHOT SESSION

I don't recommend makeup for men for a headshot session.  Powder is acceptable if you have oily skin.  All you need is to 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.  

I'm not solely a headshot photographer, although I am a headshot specialist! Feel free to click on my Galleries if you are interested in any of the following.

  • fashion inspired high school senior sessions
  • families
  • fine art
  • event photography
  • freelance weddings

For the past year, I have studied the art of headshots and expressions from world renown headshot photographer, Peter Hurley, of NYC.  There is hands down, no better headshot photographer in the world!  Not only is he a master at his craft, but he has a heart of gold and I'm thankful to call him my friend.  Peter has an online mentoring group called The Headshot Crew, which I'm happy to be a part of!  After an extensive time of study, failure and growth, I've passed his eagle eye and am now one of his 100 world-wide, Associates.  This means I've got a strong grasp on lighting and the art of expression capturing in addition to wardrobe guidance and the like.  Out of those 100 world-wide Associates, I am one of under 15 females!  I am confident in my ability to give you an incredible headshot experience.  I'd love to be considered the one you decide to choose to make your headshot really work for you, whatever your role is in this ride called life. 

If you are looking for a headshot and you aren't in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area, check out the Headshot Crew for a photographer near you!  It should be the only place anyone goes to find a qualified headshot photographer.