Frequently Asked Questions
What is the process?
First, contact the studio to book a day and time for your session and ask any specific questions you might have. Then when you arrive for your appointment, bring some clothes to choose from for the session and we’ll go over clothing options and choose something together. We’ll take the photos, coaching you into the best smiles and poses possible, make sure we’ve got enough photos to choose from, then you’ll pay for the session. 24-48 hours later we’ll email you a link to an online proof gallery where you can view all of the photos taken and choose the ones you want to keep. The photos you choose will be sent as high-resolution .jpgs in both color and black and white, via email.
How many photos do you take?
We’ll keep taking photos until both you and the photographer feel you have plenty of photos to choose from. We’ll look through them briefly during the session to make sure we both like the posing, smiles, and that there’s enough variety.
How long does it take?
Since we keep taking photos until we’re both happy with the results, it can depend on how quickly that happens: for some people it’s 10 minutes, for others 30 minutes of actual shooting. Give yourself about an hour for a one-look session so we’ll have enough time to chat, choose clothing and backdrops, and take the photos, though we may finish early. If you’re adding a makeup artist or additional looks block out about 2 hours in your schedule.
How long until I get the photos delivered to me?
After a studio session, you’ll get a link to an online proof gallery emailed to you typically within 24-48 hours. Delivery of your final photos will depend on how many photos are being delivered, if you’re doing retouching, and our schedule for that week, but it averages at about 5-7 days. A rush fee of $75 applies for a 24-hour turnaround of 1-5 retouched photos.
Do I need a make-up/hair artist?
It’s totally up to you. Your headshot needs to look like your everyday you, so do your hair and makeup like you normally do it. Our makeup artists specialize in headshots and natural-looking makeup, so if you have a hair and makeup artist at the session, he/she will talk to you about your everyday look and apply makeup to look natural, but more camera-ready than the regular/daily makeup we usually apply ourselves. We especially recommend getting a makeup artist if you never wear much makeup or haven’t liked the way your self-applied makeup has looked in past photos, or if you tend to have a lot of redness or rosacea that needs to be color-corrected with makeup for a photo. We also recommend NOT going to a makeup counter at a department store to have your makeup done before the photos. We’ve found that retail/counter makeup artists over-apply makeup and aren’t trained in makeup for photography. Every woman who has had their makeup done at a retail counter before their headshots has taken most of it off at the studio.
Do you use natural or studio light?
Both! We mostly use studio light and backdrops for better control, but do have some natural light options in and around the space if you prefer. We’ll talk together at the session about the best look for the photo and what would work better for you. If you need the photo taken in a specific location (a realtor might want their photo taken at a listing, or an architect with their office/drafting table in the background, for example), then check out our rates page for pricing on traveling.
Do I get different poses and facial expressions? Will you coach me into different poses and facial expressions?
Yes and yes! You will be coached into several different poses and smiles from several different angles to make sure we’ve got some great photos and lots of different options. You’ll never be dropped in front of the camera and expected to “perform.” You will be given LOTS of helpful direction.
I’m thinking of doing retouching, but don’t want to look all airbrushed like the cover of some crappy fashion magazine. How much is too much?
Our retouching is done to look natural. If any civilian out there can tell you had your photo retouched, then it’s too much. Retouching a headshot should be done in a way that looks like you’re just naturally photogenic. When we retouch headshots, we first correct anything that’s temporary, such as redness, blemishes, stray hairs, etc. Then we’ll minimize anything that’s distracting in a photo but most people don’t notice in person: such as undereye circles and lines, whitening teeth, etc. You have control over the amount of retouching, so when you get your retouched photos and you want to make changes, we’ll make changes!
Is your studio a retail or home studio? Is there parking?
The studio is a retail studio in an artist loft building in the Fashion District. The space is large, open, and with lots of light and comforts like free coffee, tea, snacks, and a full bathroom. There is plenty of parking lots but no street parking.
Do you sell prints or zed/comp cards?
We do have printing available if needed. You can order individual prints of your photos through your online gallery after the session, or if you need entertainer prints as 8x10’s with your name on them or zed/comp cards, we can create the file and some options for printing depending on the quantity you need.
“…it takes is a tenth of a second to form an impression of a stranger from their face..."
One Retouched Headshot
Indoors or Outdoors
Two Retouched Headshots
Indoors and/or Outdoors
Hair & Make Up
Retouching & Printing