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Glamour headshot photography is essentially about making you your most beautiful and capturing that beauty photographically. Glamour headshots are often selected for model portfolios and for spectacular wall sized ego portrait prints. These are beauty headshots bringing out your prettiest, or handsomest best in portrait form.
1-2 hours studio session with fine-tuned custom lighting, stylized headshot crafted to effectively manage your headshot’s message. Includes electronic delivery of your fully edited headshot along with appropriate print and web business use licenses.
Best choice for most corporate executives, sales professionals and others where personal image branding is integral to your career’s and or personal success.
Premium Plus Headshot Package
This is our top of the line headshot package with styling
2-3 hours studio session, exactly like the Premium Package with addition of a professional stylist on set to tune up hair, makeup and or wardrobe.
Best choice for those where only the best will do and or who desire or require a bit of aide with styling.
Your Headshot Photography Session
The moment you book your headshot photography session consider what you would like to convey in your portrait. This could be a powerful tool for marketing yourself professionally or perhaps you need a fresh look on a dating website. If your goal is to advance yourself professionally, a formal headshot taken in business attire will make a positive statement about you and your approach to your work.
Our photographers will skillfully advise you to create the image that you want. Lighting and color are critical in making you look your best. We will enhance your image to give you the confidence to make a positive statement to advance your goals.
Be sure to eat well and keep yourself hydrated before your appointment so that your skin looks smooth and healthy. Any imperfections in the skin can be edited out but consider if that is the look that you want or if a more natural image is what you prefer.
Try to arrive well rested and consider your clothing carefully so that you feel good for your photo shoot. Plain colored dark clothing is generally best so that the eye can focus on what is most important; your face. Bring a couple of different options for clothing to wear and together with your photographer, you can decide what feels and looks most flattering. Get your hair cut a couple of weeks before your photo shoot so that it looks natural.
Our photographers will put you at ease. We offer soothing music to help you relax or you can bring in your own. We will help you relax so that your image is both genuine and flattering. Come with some ideas of what you want your head shot to look like but be flexible. Sometimes, it is the interplay between you and the photographer that communicates the positive energy that is created in your head shot. Your photographer will take many head shots so that you can choose which image best conveys your spirit and the image you want to portray. Remember, this is your day and if you choose your photographer well, you will have the image that represents you best; an image that captures the very best in you that you can keep forever.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do we shoot your headshot photos?
Typically we prefer to photograph your headshot in our conveniently located photo studios in Phoenix.
This allows us greatest control of light and atmosphere to best craft your most effective headshot look.
Alternatively, we can also shoot on site, such as your offices, at local venues, or at professional rental studios throughout the valley. These venue choices typically may add some stylized elements of their own, while adding to the overall time and expense of headshots somewhat.
Location shoots are often a good budget choice for larger offices or for executives wishing headshots while on business travel in large groups or at conferences.
If you have a group, please call or write to discuss your specifics, as these typically vary widely from client to client.
How long does my headshot take?
Budget packages typically take from 10-30 minutes in the studio.
Our Premier Headshot Package, which is our most popular, typically schedules 2 hours in the studio.
The Premium Headshot Package will run about 3 hours.
For location shots, allow 1/2 hour to set up and 15 minutes to break down afterward. Then allow time for shooting each person. These shooting times can vary greatly, depending on your deliverables goals.
Who is on the photo set during my headshot portrait sitting?
In the studio, typically it will be you and the photographer shooting your headshot present.
There may also be a photographer’s assistant, and or stylists, for makeup, hair and or wardrobe.
On location, much more often there will be an assistant present as well.
Typically, we prefer that while you are having your sitting, it is done in private, that is any escorts will typically wait in a waiting area, as friends, family and coworkers can distract from the headshot photography process.
What kinds of backgrounds do you use?
We use any number of backgrounds for our headshots.
These include hand painted muslins, for classical and artsy headshots, environmental backgrounds for lifestyle and cinematic style headshots, and often seamless papers for most corporate, professional and social media headshot uses.
The paper choices which are most popular tend to be white and various shades of gray seamless paper backgrounds. White in particular is very popular for web uses or for when it may be desired to ‘cut’ your headshot out of the background to place over something else, like over your companies flyer artwork or on websites.
Over 50% of our headshots are thus currently shot on white seamless paper. Often an excellent choice.
Gray paper can also be a great choice. It is a bit moodier than the white, and so is a bit more stylized.
Your intended final use is often a big driver in what kind of background to use.
Start with your end intended use first when deciding on your headshot’s background.
Your photographer can be of great aid in this decision. Be sure to tell all you know about the intended end use of your headshots.
Should my headshot be square, landscape, or portrait in aspect?
This is a great question which bares answering well ahead of your headshot session, or early into it, if at all possible.
Well, shots are framed by your photographer in the camera. Composition, or framing, is kind of an art form.
If your photographer knows the final aspect of the final image, they can frame accordingly in the camera.
The best shot of you in portrait form, often will lose what made it pop when cropped square, for example.
Square is often the aspect many social media and web uses are driving us to. Facebook, LinkedIn, Tinder, etc, all require a square cropping.
Landscape is often much more effective on web pages when seen on a computer, as our computers are laid out square.
Portrait is often more natural for printed headshots… and so on.
Start with the end use in mind.
Be sure to discuss your end cropping with your photographer before beginning your headshot sitting.
Does the size of my headshot matter?
The size of your headshot is very important.
A photo of you which looks great wall sized, may look unrecognizable when seen on a cell phone on a social media site looking the size of a pencil eraser.
Conversely, a small pencil eraser sized headshot of you which looks great on your phone from a social media site, may look garish or may otherwise break down when seen full sized.
Make sure to see how the photo looks at the size you intend to use it before you select your final headshot for all the uses you intend.
Just as you may have a day look and an even look, in many cases, you may in fact require a couple of different headshots, for use on different media. For example, some may be cropped square and look great ‘small’, others may be cropped into rectangles and look great large.
What is a reasonable amount to invest in my headshot?
Remember, your choice of photographer is the single largest factor in how your headshot will turn out.
And yet, this is a highly subjective choice.
If you work at local convenience store, your headshot may be quite budget priced.
And you may be pleased with that.
If you work at a larger firm, and have a position of responsibility, or are interested in making the most effective first impression you can make, then expect to invest accordingly.
Not everyone can afford a Ferrari. Yet, all heads turn when one drives down the road.
It is like that with your headshot.
To take the very best headshot, you must come prepared to invest time and treasure with a professional well versed in the craft and art of making your headshot be the most effective it can be for your purpose.
You get out of your headshot what you put into it.
In many cases, your headshot will be first and possibly last thing anyone ever sees of you.
What is that worth to you is very personal.
That we make snap decisions based on microsecond looks at a blinding array of images daily, is well known.
Looking your best in your headshot is an investment that pays dividends in all areas of your personal, private and public life.
What difference does it make who takes my headshot?
Choice of photographer is possibly the biggest single most important decision in the outcome of your headshot.
How you look in your headshot is almost completely dependent on how the man (or woman) behind the camera portrays you.
This is a matter of technical skill, interpersonal chemistry, compatible style, knowledge of the craft, and the magical touch of art and timing which your photographer brings to the table.
As an example, every picture is worth a thousand words. In every instant, you are making a variety of expressions, blinking, breathing, turning, moving. A shutter click and instant before or after the critical instant tells widely varied things about you.
Look at the work of the photographer you are hiring.
Do you like what the images say about the people being portrayed?
If you don’t like the photographers other work, you probably will not like what they do for you.
If you like the style and image power that the photographers work portrays, they may well be the right match for you.
Call them up. See how they treat you on the phone.
If you like their work and their energy, hire that photographer.
Chances are, they will make you too look your best in your portrait headshot.
What should I wear to my headshot sitting?
Be sure to bring outer wear to your headshot sitting which is a few shades darker than your skin tone, and avoid black.
Several choices are a good bet. Then your photographer and you can select the best choices, and create combinations with your other wardrobe items.
The outer wear is important as it helps frame you and, when properly chosen, does not detract attention away from your face. Thus, your outer wear should not be brightly colored or have outrageous colors. Texture, like knits can be a nice touch. Do bring a few items to choose from.
For your shirt or blouse, consider a flattering neckline. For men, this should fit, for women, the décolletage should be one that most suits your form and shape. Turtle necks are seldom the best choice, unless you are going for a high fashion look, not suitable for most business headshot purposes.
The shirt again should be of a color or pattern which does not draw too much attention away from your face. Keep it simple is a good bet. Though if you have only a small bit of your shirt visible as it will be covered by your outerwear choice, then you can go for a bit more color flash. Understated is generally best however.
Ties and scarves. Ties and scarves, bring several choices. Here you can be a bit more daring with your headshot and let your style show through. Bringing several choices will help with mixing and matching your wardrobe.
Ladies, in a pinch, scarves can be fashioned into a blouse by draping, inside your outerwear. So, do bring a few if you have some awesome ones.
As headshots are bust up, what you wear waist down is of little import and will not show in your headshot. Keep it comfortable. Wear shoes you can easily stand, or sit, well balanced in.
Does it fit?
Many people drag out wardrobe they haven’t worn in years. For items which are too big, sometimes we can take them in with clothes pins and other tricks of the trade. For items which have become too small, the problem is a bit more challenging to deal with. Do make sure your wardrobe fits, is in good repair and hangs well or is otherwise freshly pressed.
Everyone gets these same instructions, and yet people show up with wardrobe which makes their headshot sitting and final portrait more of a challenge than it might have been. There are great photographic design considerations for each of these wardrobe tips. Ignore them at your own risk. Follow them and your headshot session will go more smoothly and your resulting headshot will be much more effective for you.