Frequently Asked Questions2023-03-17T00:36:21+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a limit the number of locations we can include in the branding session?2023-03-20T23:57:18+00:00

No, I don’t have a location limit. My stylist will create an in-depth shoot timeline ahead of your session so that you know exactly how we’ll spend the day, and we’ll set a realistic expectation of how many locations will be possible in that timeframe.

Can you book Hair & Makeup for me?2023-03-20T23:53:51+00:00

Yes! If you’re booking a Complete Branding Session with me (full-day), I include a professional hair stylist / makeup Artist. I’ll take care of booking this you, and they will meet you on site prior to your session. It’s one less thing for you to worry about!

Will you retouch my headshot?2023-03-20T20:16:59+00:00

Yes BUT the key to good retouching is for it to remain natural. I do not use any automated techniques as every detail is retouched manually by hand. Of course, if you have any concerns regarding retouching, we can discuss this during your session.

How long before I receive my final images?2023-03-20T20:13:11+00:00

Once you select your final images, retouching can take 5 – 7 business days. The final images will be delivered via a secure link. Be sure to save all files in a safe place. The download link expires one year from that date.

How will you direct me?2023-03-20T20:09:57+00:00

This is what really separates me from other headshot photographers in San Diego. Every person who steps in front of my camera wether comfortable or not needs some kind of direction. Getting your picture taken is not natural and tends to be a forced experience. As your photographer, it is my job to make you comfortable but also direct you on what to do. With a little coaching and some fun, this is where we capture a natural expression that is both confident & approachable.

How many images do I get with my headshot session?2023-03-20T19:59:32+00:00

At the end of your session we will sit down together and go through all of the images we took. I will help you narrow down the images and this is probably the hardest part of your headshot session. The final number of images really depends on how many images you require for your specific marketing needs.

How often should I update my headshot?2023-03-20T19:51:47+00:00

It’s best to update your headshot every 2-3 years or whenever there is a significant change in your appearance, such as a new hairstyle or weight loss/gain. A current, professional headshot can help to keep your online presence up-to-date and polished

How do I use my headshot after the session?2023-03-20T19:51:17+00:00

Your headshot can be used for a variety of professional purposes, such as on your resume, LinkedIn profile, business website, and promotional materials.

Can I see the photos during the session?2023-03-20T19:49:59+00:00

Absolutely! I shoot tethered to my computer so as soon as I push the shutter button, you’re able to see exactly what I am capturing in real time. I also pull you to the side multiple times during your session to review. Once done with your session, we will review everything that I captured and select your favorite shots to purchase.

What if I’m not photogenic?2023-03-20T19:40:22+00:00

I hear this almost every day but don’t worry about it because that is what I am here for. Everyone is capable of looking great in pictures, it just takes the right photographer who can coach them  through that mindset. At the end of the day, when you are being yourself, and not thinking about how you look is when you look the most attractive and will rock your session.

How long does a headshot session take?2023-03-20T19:42:42+00:00

Typically, a headshot session lasts between 30 minutes to an hour / hour and a half  but I have no time limit so don’t worry about that.  We will shoot as long as it takes to get images you love! The reason for no time limit, is because I do not want you feeling rushed. I only book 2 headshots a day and I never book them back to back for this reason.

Can I bring props or accessories to my headshot session?2023-03-20T19:31:56+00:00

It’s best to keep the focus on your face and shoulders, so avoid any props or accessories that can be distracting.

What is headshot photography?2023-03-20T19:28:08+00:00

A headshot photograph is a professional portrait that captures an individual’s head and shoulders, often used for professional purposes such as resumes, social media profiles, and business websites.

Do you travel for headshot sessions?2023-03-20T19:27:14+00:00

I do. There is additional cost and it is based on your location so the best option would be to reach out with details and I would be happy to get you a quote.

Can I choose multiple locations for my on-location headshot session?2023-03-20T19:25:33+00:00

My on-location headshot session includes one location (and the immediate surrounding area). if you would like to visit multiple locations, I would suggest booking me for a branding session which is a little more detailed and has different costs associated with it.

Can we do my headshot session at my office?2023-03-19T02:58:49+00:00

Of course! My corporate clients love the convenience that On-Location Headshots offer. I can come to you and take portraits of you in your own environment, or I can bring along our standard grey or white backdrop.

What color backdrops do you offer?2023-03-17T23:35:27+00:00

The standard colors for headshots are white or grey but we can use any color you want. Please note, custom colors may require an additional cost and are always based on availability.

Can you match the headshots already on our website?2023-03-17T23:24:19+00:00

Of course! If you need to match a certain headshot style, please send over an example of the look we should be matching.

I don’t need a complex scene but can I pick a different backdrop color than white?2023-03-17T23:22:38+00:00

Yes. White is the standard “e-commerce” backdrop color but we can use any color you want as long as we can get a hold of it. Please note, color backdrops require a custom quote and based on availability.

Can you show my product being used?2023-03-17T23:18:37+00:00

Absolutely. Scenes like this require more preparation, but they are totally worth it! Since every scene requires a different amount of set up & prop sourcing, we always create a custom quote for you.

Instead of a plain white background, can you set a scene with props?2023-03-17T23:17:27+00:00

Yes. Adding props to your product images is always a nice upgrade.

Do I really need to hire an actor?2023-03-17T00:34:00+00:00

No BUT it is recommended as it provides a more polished look to your video and it can actually be more cost effective as were not spending time on reshoots.

Can you shoot in studio or do you go on-location to shoot food?2023-03-17T00:23:55+00:00

I can shoot on location or I can shoot in studio as I have access to a kitchen and can easily recreate recipes in studio.

Can you do styled beverage shoots?2023-03-17T00:20:09+00:00

Absolutely! I would have to custom quote this as it depends on the props needed but with clear direction I can make anything happen.

How high can you fly your drone?2023-03-17T00:16:09+00:00

By law I can only fly up to 400ft high in authorized air space.

Will you help me with what to wear?2023-03-20T23:59:02+00:00

I can definitely help suggest some items but let’s face it, i am a photographer and not a stylist. If you really want to stand out & look your best, I would suggest hiring a stylist for your branding session. If you do not have someone who can help, I highly recommend my colleague Amy Davis over at The Establishmint

Will I be able to use my favorite images in my advertising and marketing materials?2023-03-16T23:57:30+00:00

Absolutely. Each image comes with a commercial usage license allowing you to use your images for your advertising and marketing needs.

How do I select my favorite images?2023-03-16T23:55:53+00:00

Once you receive your online proofing gallery you will be able to “star” each image you like the most. Once you’re done selecting your favorite images you then can check out directly online.

When will I see my proofing gallery with my images?2023-03-16T23:52:30+00:00

I typically send the online proofing gallery with your images within 7-10 business days after your session is complete.

Do you travel outside of San Diego county?2023-03-16T23:29:46+00:00

Absolutely! I have my passport and I am ready to go anywhere you may need me. All travel requests require a custom travel quote but reach out and ill be happy to discuss.

What forms of payment do you accept?2023-03-16T23:26:19+00:00

Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, Check & Cash

I need these images to be a specific dimension for my website. Can you take care of that?2023-03-16T23:07:05+00:00

No problem. Let me know the image orientation and dimension requirements, and I will be sure to deliver your final images with those specs.

I need to match product photos that are already on my website. Is that possible?2023-03-16T23:01:38+00:00

That should not be a problem. When you submit your request just be sure to include a reference photo.

Do you offer bulk rates?2023-03-16T22:54:34+00:00

Absolutely! Send me an email with the number of products you have and I will be happy to get you a quote.

Skin tips for your headshot session2023-03-16T23:23:58+00:00

Skin – Since a headshot is a bit up close and personal, these skin tips are very important to follow:

  1.  Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water and avoid drinking any alcohol / sugary drinks the night before. You will be surprised how healthy your skin looks after drinking lots of water the week before your headshot. 
  2. Take care of all beauty treatments well in advance, preferably a week, just in case anything happens during the treatment. 
  3. Sun – Avoid hanging out in direct sunlight and avoid using any sunscreen the day of your headshot. 
  4. Waxing – If you need to wax anything on your face try to do this at least a week before your session. Skin can be very sensitive and can stay red for a few days. 
  5. Facials – Do a week before to avoid any redness or irritation showing up. 
  6. Exfoliate – Do a week before to avoid any redness or irritation showing up. 
  7. Moisturize, Moisturize & Moisturize the week of your headshot. Nothing wrong with extra healthy skin.  
  8. Rest – One of the most important things you can do is rest and be relaxed. Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep the night before.
Do I need a makeup artist?2023-03-20T19:45:13+00:00

It’s not necessary to wear heavy makeup, but it can help to enhance your features and give you a more polished look. If you have the budget…definitely go for it! Otherwise…don’t stress it. Below are my top tips for your headshot makeup:

  1. Keep it light and natural – Makeup should not define your features but compliant them.
  2. Hire a professional if possible – Even if you do really well with your makeup, a professional makes a BIG difference.
  3. Lipstick – Natural MATTE colors look better on camera
  4. Foundation / Powder – Go easy and don’t cake it on as it will show up in your images. No one’s skin is perfect and we can clean up any imperfections in retouching.
Facial Hair tips for your headshot session2023-03-16T23:24:03+00:00

If you shave every day then you will be ok but if you do have facial hair then you will want to check out these tips:

  1. Bring your shaving kit so if you want some images without facial hair you can shave towards the end of your session. If you get razor burn get a good after shave to tame the redness.
  2. Nose & Ear Hair – We overlook these but make sure you catch these little pesky hairs as they can pop up.
  3. Beards – If you are rocking a glorious beard make sure you tame it. If you need to get a beard trim, just like a hair cut, try to do this at least a few days before your headshot session.
Hair tips for your headshot session2023-03-16T23:24:04+00:00

Hair – It is a key player in your headshot and if possible, I recommend getting a hair stylist for your headshot session if your budget allows. If not then that’s totally ok and you can follow the tips below:

  1. If you style your own hair or work with a professional, do not go for a hairstyle that you never wear.
  2. Haircut and/or color treatment, do it about a week before the session and do not do it the day / night before.
  3. Shaved Heads – if you shave your head daily then continue to do so but if its every few days then come in with 1-2 days of growth and not freshly shaved.
  4. Blowouts – Try to get a blowout the same day as your headshot session and if you have to do the day before then go towards the end of the day.
  5. Curls –  If this is natural then let your curls be curly but if this isn’t natural, then you will want to tame them unless it is a style you typically wear.
  6. Fly aways – most of these can be managed with a little hair spray and for the ones we can’t, that’s where retouching comes into play.
  7. Washing – Try to wash your hair the day before or even the same day as your headshot to get the most natural look.
Clothing tips for your headshot session2023-03-16T23:24:06+00:00

Clothing – When preparing for your headshot, consider your brand and audience before making a decision on your wardrobe including these tips:

  1. I recommend a minimum of 3 outfits as a rule of thumb – 1 business professional, 1 business casual and 1 normal look. This will give you options for different needs like company website, social media, email signature, etc…
  2. A Fitted / Tailored Wardrobe – I  recommend bringing items that fit you well and make you feel great. Loose clothing isn’t flattering and can be distractive.
  3. Solid colors – Avoid flashy patterns, designs and bright colors as these can draw the attention away from your face.
  4. Bring options and layers
  5. Keep in mind your background choice as Dark shirts look better on a lighter background while light shirts look better on darker backgrounds.
  6. Avoid Low Cut shirts – Headshots are meant to focus on your face and with low cut shirts we will need to include the entire cut which pulls the viewer away.
  7. Avoid white shirts and or see through items. Make sure you can’t see any undergarments
  8. Avoid wearing jewelry – Even though this may be a statement piece for you, it can be distracting in the photo.
  9. Glasses – If you wear glasses then I recommend you bring them. If you have multiple pairs, bring them all so we can try a few.
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