Frequently Asked Questions
Everyone has questions about their headshot session. This page is here to provide you with answers to the most common questions I receive. Part of my service is to anticipate any issues that may come up, but there are always things that need clarification. If your question is not answered on this page, feel free to give me a call at (412) 559-3889, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where will we be shooting?
The majority of my sessions take place in my studio located in Mt. Lebanon, PA.
For branding portraits, we can shoot on your site, on location, outdoors, or in my studio.
For corporate projects I will bring my equipment to your office or location.
What do I wear to my session?
Always wear clothes that match your style and personality.
Color is great for tops, but keep in mind that bright colors tend to draw attention away from your face, so consider choosing something neutral that compliments your eye color and skin tone.
Be sure that your clothes are clean and neatly pressed. This is especially true for collared shirts and suits. Have them looking sharp, as the camera picks up a lot of detail.
If you are doing a headshot, your lower half won't make it into the final pictures, but don't neglect wearing pants that will make you feel confident for your appointment.
Make sure to dress comfortable but in attire that is appropriate for your line of work. Confidence and comfort help you achieve your best image. Stay away from clothes that are too tight or uncomfortable.
Don't underestimate being well rested, and be sure to drink plenty of water in the days before your shoot.
What is your style?
My style for headshots is simple, clean and expressive. The goal is to end up with a portrait that feels like your best self caught on camera.
What is the difference between a headshot and a branding portrait?
A headshot session will provide a picture of your head and shoulders only. This is best for your LinkedIn profile, your website, or other purposes where people will need to know your image and personality. A branding portrait is suited for more involved shoots where you will need a full length portrait, an environmental portrait, or more extensive imagery for the purposes of personal branding.
How much retouching do you do?
I take great care to get your images dialed in straight from the camera. My goal is to make sure that you look your best by using appropriate lighting along with flattering posing techniques. Any shots where you are blinking or out of focus will be eliminated. Post-processing typically involves color correction and cropping.
You may elect to have your portraits retouched for a more polished look. This includes removing flyaways, smoothing skin, and can include more extensive enhancement such as slimming and shaping.
My work dress is casual, can I wear something along those lines?
Of course! Feeling comfortable and natural is an important part of getting your best image. Wear what your colleagues would consider professional and appropriate for your field of work.
Why wouldn't I just use my iPhone for a headshot?
Your headshot isn't just a picture. It is an investment in your personal brand. Having a high quality headshot or business portrait is one of the simplest and most cost-effective decisions that you can make to set yourself apart.
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