Here are some guidelines for a successful session:

Clothes – A dark toned jacket is preferable.  Subtle color shirts or blouses are better than white, but in a group shot, everyone in blue shirts can look a little forced.  Avoid patterns and shapes and stay away from colors that draw attention to themselves.  Whatever you put on should not take away from your face. And lastly, be sure clothes are well pressed.

Skin & Hair -The most important is for the skin to be matte.  Modern skin care products are made with the intent to add moisture to your face.  But for your photo session, your face should be as oil-free as possible. Hair should be the way you like it, but tame.  Bring your comb or brush along with your makeup to the shoot. Get a manicure.  And use lotion on your hands arms and neck.

Jewelry & Watches – When choosing jewelry try to keep it simple. Shiny objects will usually find reflection in a big glaring way. Remember, a photograph is a reflection of light.

FAQ’s

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Q: What should you wear to your executive portrait shoot?

A: Your clothing should reflect your personality description, the image you are trying to create, as well as your chosen field. Choose a color that compliments your skin tone and eye color, solid colors usually work best. Stay away from plain white shirts or blouses, they do not communicate personality.  Make sure the clothes are stain and hole free and are well-pressed.  When choosing jewelry, keep it simple to avoid glare from large shiny objects.

Q: How much personal grooming is essential?

A: For the photoshoot, your face should be as oil-free as possible to eliminate any "shininess". Style your hair the way you like it based on an image you are trying to build and bring your comb or brush along with your makeup (mostly for the ladies) to the shoot. Two areas that are most noticeable are facial hair and nails – ensure to groom the accordingly.  Hydrate well and get a good night’s sleep on the night before you have your photograph taken.

Q: Do you match existing photos?

A: We are mostly hired for our own style and technique that we honed in over the last 15 years. However, we can do our best to match your existing images, backdrop colors and lightning. 

Q: Where will you set up your equipment in our office?

A: Our ideal location size is 10 feet wide by 20 feet long, however, we can set up in almost any space that is at least 8 feet by 15 feet. A typical conference room or an open office space usually works well.  We will also need access to 1-2 electric outlets.   

Q: Do you outsource to other photographers?

A: We don’t outsource any part of our service. Our style and technique is unique enough that a photographer without the proper training will not be able to deliver on our promises.

Q: Are you insured?

A: Yes, we carry full liability coverage.

Q: Do you come to us or do we come to you?

A: We are happy to accommodate your needs, whether outdoors, in your conference room or at our Olney location.

Q: What if we’re not interested in traditional business headshots?

A: We offer a variety of styles, when it comes to portraits: e.g., environmental, outdoor, casual and executive. We work closely with you to identify the right style that portrays your vision and communicates your message. And just like the old saying goes, “Dress for the job you want”, we believe that your photographic image needs to reflect the position you strive to achieve.  

Q: Time is money, how long does an individual session takes?

A: It is our key goal to minimize the time we take you away from your business. Our comprehensive session takes 20-25 minutes (inclusive of the photo session and selection of images). 

Q: What happens after the shoot?

A: An online gallery will be presented within a week of the shoot date with an consisting of 3-5 images per person or per set-up. You can distribute it among the decision makers to notify us of the images you’d like retouched.

Final, retouched images in full resolution JPG will be available for download via Drop Box when ready.

Q: What are your rates?

A: Please visit our Session Information page or Contact Us directly for a quote.

Q: What about eyeglasses?

A: If you normally wear eyeglasses, plan to wear them during your session. Try to avoid glare by wearing glasses with non-glare lenses or borrowing a pair of frames without lenses just for the shoot.

Q: Do I need a make-up artist for my corporate headshot session?

A: In our experience, we find that most sessions do not require a makeup artist. However, if you would like to have your makeup done prior to the photo shoot, we will gladly recommend a make-up artist who specializes in natural look that will photograph well. 

Q: What happens during my session?

A: We will start the session by examining any potentially unflattering features.  Some of the things we check are: jackets or clothing bunching up, untidy hair, shiny skin, glasses with glare, tie knots, reflective jewelry, shirt collar and overall symmetry. Following that, we check the lighting to ensure it compliments you. We adjust the light intensity and angle based on the individual features: height, hair thickness and color, skin tone, asymmetric features and body mass. Once these preparations are complete, we the actual photoshoot. Our goal is to produce an image that projects confidence, professionalism and approachability. In each session, we focus on a range of expressions that communicate these traits in a single portrait. We also take into account subtle body language that may conflict with our intended result.

When we feel that we captured the full range of expressions (usually around 30 images), we go to our viewing station in order to select your image.

Q: When do I get to see my images?

A: Our most popular service includes an image selection session immediately after your photo shoot. You will be able to view the images on our computer and select your final image on the spot using our side-by-side image compare technique. This ensures that you are 100% satisfied with your images. In a rare case, if you are not completely pleased, we will identify the elements that you would like to improve and then return to the set to capture the right look.

Q: Is my image going to be retouched?

A: Your image will be lightly enhanced in the following fashion, if needed: teeth whitened, removal of skin blemishes, softening skin, brightening eyes, and adding shadows. At the end, you will love your image which will look natural and unaltered. 

Q: When and how will I receive my image?

A: Your images are typically ready within 2 business days. However, if you have a more urgent need/schedule, we can deliver a final image as early as that same day. 

Q: I am too busy to leave my office, can you come to me?

A: We specialize in creating a complete studio environment at our clients’ locations and bring all of our necessary equipment to your location. We strive to be flexible and keep you focused on running your business, while we provide you with our services by minimizing your downtime. 

Q: I have 10+ individuals who need business portraits. Do you offer any kind of volume discount?

A: Our service fees are per individual, but they decrease as the number of individuals photographed increases, since our setup and sitting fees are charged for the entire session. For example, the difference between 4 individual portraits and 8 individual portraits is only $100 per person.