Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions, notes and other tips regarding your headshot (I will be expanding the information over the coming weeks)

What is a Headshot ?

In this context, a headshot (or corporate portrait) is a professional head & shoulders photographic portrait – used for business websites, LinkedIn or social media profile photos.

It differs from portraits mainly in intent. A portrait is a more artistic version – where the emphasis is on personality and and branding. There are no hard and fast rules and a lot of overlap between the two. The preferred result  also depends on the brand and style of the company in question. So, a headshot for one company, could be more like an informal portrait for another.

Overall though. headshots tend to be more formal, and geared towards a specific commercial purpose.

What should I wear ?

The most basic guideline is to wear the clothes you are comfortable in – depending on the photo purpose I.E. your standard business attire, whatever that may be.

Some other guidelines :

  • Avoid large/bold patterns or broad stripes
  • If wearing a tie – avoid bright red
How do I book ?

Contact me via phone or email to arrange an appointment. Most assignments are carried out at the premises of the person being photographed.

Ideally a few days notice is best, but urgent requests will always be met where possible.

How long does it take ?

For the photography, I suggest allowing up to 30 minutes for an individual session, and about 15 minutes per person for group sessions. Additional requirements, like a change of outfit, may need a bit more time.

For very straightforward images, using a single setup – these can be done in 5-10 minutes per person. This can be useful for large groups, where just a standard shot is required in a single style.

The final images will normally be supplied within a week – faster turnaround is possible where required.

How do you crop the photos ?

I normally include a lot of empty space around the subject – this allows cropping in a variety of ways later – depending on the final image usage and requirements.
If required, I can also crop the finished images to suit a specific requirement e.g. LinkedIn format or a specific website setup.

In many cases, your web designer will be able to specify the layout requirements for the finished image(s) or will have the editing software to crop themselves.

What other types of portrait can you do ?

I also do Wedding & Family portraiture.

Click the link to view my Wedding Photography website.

What editing/retouching will the photos have ?

All the images supplied to you have standard editing included. This covers things like colour balance, straightening, cropping, sharpening, lightness and contrast adjustments. Some other minor retouching changes will be made at the photographer’s discretion.

More complex retouching includes :

  • Extensive Skin Smoothing (aka airbrushing)
  • Adding textures or “special effects”
  • Removing complex skin imperfections etc.
  • Removing people or things from the image
  • Image composites (adding objects or merging 2 images)

Special requests for complex retouching will be individually assessed.