A headshot for a dancer/ singer

A headshot for a dancer/ singer

Corporate portrait with backdrop

Corporate portrait with backdrop

Headshot for model

Headshot for model

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a photographer – one of the most common questions I get is “How much do you charge for a headshot?” The answer to that isn’t quite as simple as it sounds.

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A headshot for an aspiring model/ dancer/ actress.

First of all, let’s talk about what headshots are, and how they are used by different people. The term headshot is literally defined as a photo depicting a person with the head and shoulders in the frame. Backgrounds can vary from a plain backdrop to a professional environment to a ‘soft focus’ nondescript blur. In almost all cases a headshot is an investment – since it is being used as a form of marketing yourself.

For models, actresses, dancers and other entertainers a headshot is one of the most common requirements for an audition. For this group – their appearance is oftentimes the product they are selling. Depending on the job/ school/ agent, etc. they are submitting their headshot to – the requirements may vary. Some may ask for an 5×7, or an 8×10 or a digital file. They may require specific orientation (i.e. portrait or landscape), color or black and white. Models may even need a ‘comp card’ to show more poses and looks, as well as basic stats.

 

An environmental corporate portrait

Corporate professionals, on the other hand, generally have entirely different needs. I generally call photos for this group a ‘corporate portrait, but the needs and options can be just as varied. A headshot for a real estate agent, doctor, lawyer, etc. – may only be required for a business card or website. Other professionals may want a portrait for print ads, billboards, vehicle wraps, etc. Some professionals (medical specialists, lawyers, etc.) prefer I show their specific environment, while others opt for a neutral backdrop. In either case, I generally like to shoot corporate portraits at your location – to minimize the time you need to take away from your business.

No matter how simple a headshot or corporate portrait appears, the mechanics behind them can be quite complex. The more intimate framing requires a keen eye for lighting and posing, a knowledge of the correct apertures and lenses to use, as well as someone who can bring out your personality. Our headshots also include photo finishing and retouching.    Since your headshot is selling you – do you really want to trust the result to anyone less than a professional?

I can schedule specific ‘headshot’ shoots, or may people opt to include a heashot during another portrait session (such as family, senior, child, even pet sessions).

In future posts I will get into more specific content.  Contact me for a quote for your headshot, or corporate portrait.