Questions I’m Often Asked

 

Q: What’s a headshot session like?
My sessions are fun and relaxed. I’ll guide you through a number shots to bring out your your most natural looks. Then we’ll break and look at them on screen. You and I will inspect each shot one by one to judge whether or not it might suit your needs. Often we’ll see things in the photos that take us in new and unexpected directions for the shoot. Anything that’s not up to snuff will get deleted. Once we’ve nailed it, you’ll do a wardrobe change and we’ll keep building on what we’ve already created, adjusting and tweaking to bring out your best self in the photos. Then we go back to the computer and review those shots.

By shooting and editing in this manner we can adjust the focus of the photos during the session to account for anything that you feel we may have missed up to that point. Most importantly, you’ll know exactly what you’ll be working with when you walk out the door because we have approved each shot together.

I’ll send you a link to a website with the shots we’ve approved by the day after your session. You can share the site to get opinions on which photo(s) you want me to retouch for you. If you’ve purchased a full session you can even download all of the high resolution originals from the website.

The retouched photos are ready to use on the web or to have printed. I can also recommend printers that specialize in printing headshots.

Q: What’s your background in photography?
I’ve been photographing people for a long time. My degree is in filmmaking and I’ve shot film, video, and stills for a host of broadcast, commercial, and documentary projects. Over ten years ago I dedicated myself to photographing weddings and portraits and since then my work’s been widely recognized.  I’ve had wedding albums awarded the Court of Honor for highest scoring wedding album by the Professional Photographers of Massachusetts competition. I’m apparently an international award winning photographer who’s photographs are recognized by the Wedding Photojournalist Association, the International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers, and Fearless Photographers. My photographs have also been published on several blogs and in magazines such as The Knot, City Living and Skin&Ink Magazine (yes, Skin&Ink Magazine!)

Q: What camera do you use?
My equipment consists of mix of the latest professional-grade Nikon cameras and lenses, as well as huge variety of lighting and support gear. I may not use every piece of gear during your session, but I enjoy the security of knowing that my gear will never limit my ability to take an amazing photo.

Q: How long is a session?
For a full session, expect to spend a couple of hours so we can get all the shots you need.

Q: What should I wear?
I want to shoot 2-3 different looks during your session, so I ask that you bring a to 8 to 10 different looks for yourself. If you only need a headshot just bring tops and if you need a 3/4 shot bring some pants/skirts as well. Bring clothes that you love! If you don’t feel comfortable in it, you won’t shoot well while wearing it. I suggest bringing a wide variety of colors. Don’t be seasonal… everything from t-shirts, tank tops to sweaters and light jackets can work. Textures and layers rock, but I’d stay away from strong patterns, distracting jewelry or accessories like scarves. If you need a corporate headshot, bring items ranging from what you’d wear to an interview to what you’d wear on casual Friday. If you find yourself wondering whether something will work, just bring it along.

Q: How should I do my hair and makeup?
Ladies: I strongly recommend using a professional makeup artist. I work with an enormously talented makeup artist who’s experienced in creating looks that are tailored to your individual style and look fantastic on camera. The goal for makeup is to have it be subtle. No bold color or dramatic eye shadow, just clean simple makeup that lets you shine through. Arrive for your session with your hair styled as if you are going to an audition or interview.

Gents: Normally guys won’t need makeup, but the same basic rules apply. Aim for having a good hair day, but don’t go crazy with product unless that’s your normal look. If you look good a sporting a few days of scruff you can come in unshaven. We’ll start your session with that look and you can shave in the middle. (Bring your razor!)

Q: What are the images like?
I like to shoot in a horizontal format, nice and tight with a focus on your face and expressions so that the viewer gets an immediate impression of who you are and what you can look like. To keep the focus on you, the studio background will be plain white or a light gray and the light will be soft, even, and super flattering. If you need a 3/4 length shot or a vertical, me me know and we’ll shoot those was well. All of the images are color, but if you need a black and white version of your final retouched photos let me know.

Q: Where does the session take place?
Headshot sessions are scheduled at my home studio in Arlington, MA. I can also travel upon request.