Corporate Head Shot Photography Sessions
My corporate portrait session is for the music publicist, music managers, record label executives, music executives, business owners, high-end realty agents and of course corporate executives. We know time is money that is why I and my hair/make-up person come to your location no matter what part of the country you are in and produce amazing headshots. Pricing is provided for Nashville and Atlanta, however, I work throughout the country. I offer a selection of background colors and I also offer a completely custom hand-painted backdrop for the true executive.
All my headshot sessions include a corporate style session as well as a business casual style session. The business casual images are great for social media such as Facebook or LinkedIn and advertising.
If you have a large number of employees needing headshots, please contact me for special pricing!
Professional Make Up
Prepare for your Head Shot Session by taking care of yourself in the days leading up to your head shot session. Avoid drinking alcohol or smoking, and drink plenty of water for a few days before and on the day of your head shot. This will make your skin very hydrated to fill in lines and wrinkles, under eye circles, and give you a healthy glow. Get plenty of sleep the night before your photo so you're rested and ready to go.
Hair: Don’t cut or dye your hair right before the shoot, especially men since stylists tend to cut hair a little shorter so it looks like it's at its proper length about 2 weeks later. Some shades of freshly colored hair can look too vibrant and unnatural on camera, especially a hair color with any red tones-- drawing more attention to your hair than your face. A new haircut also looks its best after at least a week, and colored hair looks more natural after 1-2 weeks’ worth of shampooing.
Teeth: If you want to whiten your teeth before your session, start as early as possible and use a natural whitening method, or have your teeth whitened with your dentist. A quick emergency whitening method that works for many people is to mix some toothpaste with about 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of food-grade hydrogen peroxide, and about 1/2 teaspoon of water. Polish your teeth with this mixture and it should quickly whiten your teeth a shade or two. But don't use this method more often than once a month- baking soda is abrasive and can wear away at your enamel if used too frequently. (And retouching is also a much safer option and it is included in the price :) !)
Beards: If you have a beard, trim it evenly so it’s nicely groomed. If you’re going clean-shaven, get a good shave before your head shot. Darker colored beards tend to be accentuated in photos- trim it well so it's not too thick. Some men come with a beard or scruff for a few shots then shave it off for the clean shaven look.
And remember to have fun and not take it too seriously! We know that's a little difficult after all these do's and don'ts, but we promise to make the experience as relaxing as possible. You got this. :)
Now that you're ready for your head shot!
Head shot Tips: Getting Ready For Your Portrait Session
Choosing clothing for head shots: MEN
When choosing clothing for your professional head shot: think classic. Pick your favorite suit that fits you well and is preferably a classic dark color like navy blue or gray. Choose a suit that doesn't bunch up when you button it or if you sit down, and a shirt and tie that match each other and the suit.
Try to stay away from anything with bold, distracting patterns or colors. Clothing with really tight grids or a small herringbone pattern can have a moiré pattern effect on camera, so stay away from tight grid-like patterns. Thin stripes that are a little further apart are okay. Ties look best when their tone lands between the suit and the shirt-- so a light shirt, a dark suit, and a tie in a shade somewhere between them. Some ties are too shiny-- try to stay away from really reflective, shiny, silk ties. Also, be sure to bring casual or business casual as well for your shoot. We like to shoot a range of styles.
If you don't wear a tie, choose a non-white shirt if possible: white shirts without a jacket and tie can lose detail in the color and folds. And if you wear a button-down shirt, it's best to wear a jacket or sweater of some kind to layer the look. If not, choose a darker color shirt or something with pockets or details to avoid it looking like a head floating on a blank, boxy shirt, and unbutton a button or two. And make sure we can't see your undershirt beneath the button-down shirt: wear a v-neck or no undershirt at all. Also, be sure to bring casual or business casual as well for your shoot. We like to shoot a range of styles.
Choosing clothing for head shots: WOMEN
Choose a professional suit or business-oriented outfit that has a classic look: you shouldn’t be able to tell what decade it is in the photo. Don’t choose anything with bold, distracting patterns or colors, unless you can layer a plain blazer or sweater over it so not much of the pattern is showing and you get just a pop of color.
Clothing with tight grids or a small herringbone pattern can have a moiré pattern effect on camera, so stay away from grid-like patterns. Thin stripes are okay.
Try not to wear stark white unless it’s under something, such as a suit jacket, cardigan, or sweater. V-necks accentuate the neckline and generally look best on women. Just don’t choose something with too low of a neckline: no cleavage. And no turtlenecks: they tend to make people look like they have no neck at all in photos.
Try to stay away from short sleeves or tank tops: executive head shots tend to look better without bare arms, but if you'd like to try showing arms in a sleeveless blouse or shift dress, we could make it work. Just bring a blazer or sweater to put over it as an additional option.
For jewelry, go for something small, classic, and not very reflective or flashy. Earrings shouldn’t dangle more than an inch from your earlobe. Simpler is always better, so if we notice your jewelry before we notice your face, we may ask you to remove any excess jewelry.
Choosing Clothing: ACTORS & ENTERTAINERS
Entertainers can break a few rules for clothing for head shots, but one rule stands: it shouldn't distract from your face. Choose something in a flattering color with a flattering neckline, and no logos, distracting patterns (classic or subtle patterns are okay), or lots of sequins/glitter, etc. choose something classic and simple.
Point blank, we do not do head shots with out a make-up artist! PLEASE COME IN CLEAN FACE AND HAIR!