Do I really need a professional headshot?
In our current climate when the majority of interaction is online, your visual impression is more important than ever before. The image you share tells others so much about who you are in just a matter of moments, so why not show others your best. Profile images on sites such as LinkedIn, the About page of your website or social media sites can tell others about who you are. Tell your story and let me help you do it.
How often should I have a professional headshot taken?
Actors and others in the performing arts should have updated headshots at least once per year. Children and youth can have theirs updated even more frequently than that, since their appearance changes more quickly.
All others can update when appearances have changed or or a new look would fit a new professional position.
Where are you located?
I am located in Goochland, Virginia. I am able to travel to the Charlottesville and Richmond areas.
What will the session be like?
It will be relaxed and fun. If you have brought multiple clothing options, we can look over them and discuss what will look best for your session. We will take several images to help you get used to the camera and for me to learn what lighting adjustments will work best for you specifically. I will give you several suggested poses and prompts to create a variety of expressions and looks so that you have a good variety of options in your proofing gallery. For indoor locations, please wear a mask when you arrive and I will be wearing a mask for the entire session.
What should I wear?
Love it - Pick something you feel comfortable and confident in. If you like your outfit, it will definitely come across in the picture. Keep it simple - Solid colors that complement your skin tone. Stay away from wild and crazy colors. Some colors to be careful with and perhaps even avoid include bright red, neon colors and patterns. Also, don't pick a color that closely resembles your skin tone. Deep, rich jewel tones tend to look great. Clothing that fits well is key. Make sure to bring several outfits, so we have some items to choose from. Sometimes what looks great when you are out and about doesn't look great in front of a camera.
The goal of your headshot is to look like yourself. Have fun. Show that natural smile. Style your hair in a way that you normally would. The day of your shoot isn't an ideal day to try out something brand new.
What about makeup?
A minimal amount of makeup is recommended. You want to feel like your best self. Strong, intense makeup does not tend to photograph well.
I wear glasses. Should I wear glasses for my session?
If your glasses are an important part of your appearance than yes, you should wear them. Be sure to clean them ahead of time.
When should I shave?
If you want a clean shaven look, be sure to shave at least a few hours before your session.
When type of backgrounds do you have?
I currently have white, blue, grey, and black available.
How much "photoshopping" or editing will be done?
A minimal amount. I adjust tone, color, contrast and occasional blemishes or obvious stray hairs. It is important that you look authentically like who you truly are. If additional editing is requested, an additional charge will be included.
What if I need to reschedule?
I understand that things can happen, but please try to give me as much notice as possible. We will work to find a time to reschedule.
How do I book my session?
1) Select a time and date for your session at 2) Book and pay your $50 deposit. 3) Complete the provided questionnaire I send you. 4) Stay hydrated and get plenty of sleep. Look forward to your session!
When do I get my photos?
I will send you an invoice after the session for the remaining balance. Once paid in full, I will email you within one week with a link to the online gallery where you can view and download your photos. The photos you will receive are high resolution JPG for your full use.
Be sure to contact me with any questions! I’m excited to work with you and create your headshots that help others get to know who you truly are!