Headshot Photos FAQ

Where will my headshot photo session take place?

Where we do your photo session depends on the style of headshot photography you want.

On-location / natural-light / outdoor headshot photo shoots can happen pretty much anywhere in the greater Seattle area. If you live outside the Seattle area I'd be happy to come to you (extra travel fees will apply).

For studio business headshots you’ll come to my pop-up portrait studio in downtown Issaquah. (Do not trust Yelp! They have had me listed in Laurelhurts for years and despite multiple attempts on my part I can't get this corrected. Issaquah, not Laurelhurst!)
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My company has specific professional headshot guidelines, can you match their requirements?

Usually, yes! I work pretty regularly with people who have been tasked with hiring a Seattle headshot photographer to create a headshot of them that will match the rest of their team.  As long as you've got either company headshot photo guidelines and/or sample headshot photos for me to work from, I can almost always match the style. 

What background colors do you have for studio headshot photos?

I keep it pretty clean and classic when it comes to studio headshot background colors. White, light gray, and dark gray are standard. They're neutral, they look great with all complexions, they play nice on company websites, and they'll never go out of style.

That said, if there is another background color you want I can usually get it, I just need a little lead time to order it.
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How should I prepare for my professional headshots?

When you book your headshot photoshoot I recommend you check out my blog posts with Headshot Style Tips for Women & for Men. They have tips and best practices for what personal appearance choices typically work best for professional headshot photos. What do I mean by “work best”? I mean looking, at a split-second glance, confident, professional, like you belong in your industry, and clearly have got your shit together (aka: like a boss).

Do you recommend I get my hair and make-up professionally done for my business headshots?

Generally no, and for good reason. Building trust and credibility in business requires setting and meeting expectations so it’s important that you look in your business headshot like you look in real life. 

If someone meets you in person after having seen your headshot and they feel surprised, you’re off to a bad start. That means your hair and makeup target is your everyday best, not “flawless” or heavily made-up. 

That said, if having a professional do your hair and make-up would make you feel more confident showing up for your headshot photo session, you have my full blessing (confidence matters!). If you choose to get your hair and make-up done, be sure to ask your stylist for a very “natural” look. 

I need more than just headshots for my business. Do you also do branding and lifestyle photography?

Not only do I do branding and lifestyle photography, I LOVE it! I frequently work with small business owners and solopreneurs to create a library of headshots, portraits, custom stock, branding, and lifestyle photography for use on their website and social media.

Get the scoop on branding & lifestyle photography HERE.
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Will you retouch my professional headshots?

I retouch all final headshots super gently so you look great but not Photoshopped. 

Again—your professional headshot should look like you look in person. Retouching usually involves a little teeth whitening, removing temporary blemishes, lightening dark undere-ye circles, reducing shine, etc..
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What forms of payment do you accept for headshot photos?

You can pay for your headshot photography with any major credit card.

How soon will I get my new professional headshot?

My typical turnaround time for professional headshots is 3-5 days but if you’re in a furious hurry and need your new headshot same-day I can work with that too (rush fees may apply).