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What’s involved in the modeling photoshoot? FAQ Headshots

This package includes:

  • Photography session – approximately 2 hours of studio time.
  • 3-5 different looks. A look is the combination of hair, makeup, clothing, setting, style and lighting technique. Within each look, we shoot different variations. We may shoot a combination of close-ups, ¾’s or full length. We also like to work with layers. We may add or subtract a hat, jacket, glasses, scarf, jewelry etc.
  • Model coaching
  • Photo editing. After the session, we will edit the images for you and then we will go over the session with you. It is of utmost importance that you select the right images.
  • 6 retouched images.

Whats a typical headshot session look like? 

Once you arrive, we will start to explore options for the shoot.  I will take some time getting to know which angles are best suited to you and expressions that are inviting and confident.

This directing process can take some time and is the signature of an excellent headshot photographer. Expect to have some fun!

A typical headshot session will take a minimum of 60 minutes from beginning to end, but can last 2 to 3 hours if multiple looks are desired.  This amount of time is necessary to allow me to coach and direct you so that we get the best images of you possible.

Do you recommend Hair and Makeup?

Yes.  We have a stylist who is an expert at working with our clients.

WomenNatural and minimal is best.  Too much makeup is distracting and people will wonder what you are hiding. Hair should be in a flattering natural style.  If your hair is long, I may ask you to put your hair in a ponytail for some of the shoot since for many women it is flattering look.

Men: No makeup is best. You may want to consider arriving with some facial hair for the beginning of the photo shoot and then shave for the second part of the shoot.  This will give you two distinct looks for your portfolio.

What should I wear?

For a full headshot session, you are welcome to try different looks.  Bring several tops to choose from.  I recommend solid colors t0 accent your eyes.  Bring extra if you are not sure, and I can help you select ones that will work.  I suggest things that make you feel great but stay away from very ornate or busy patterns.

We want all eyes to be on you and your personality, not your outfit.

I may ask you to remove jewelry or watches if I think it distracts the viewer. Check out the two photos below. Same client, outfit and pose. The difference is the jewellery. In a portrait, when the photographer is pulled back, the jewellery can make an important statement. In a headshot, all it does is distract. Someone looking at your headshot, should be looking at you, not your accessories! Unless there is a sentimental value to your jewellery, I usually recommend that you remove large distracting pieces for a headshot.

What are the proofing options?

Within 48 hours of a shoot, I will post the best 10-15 photos onto a password protected online photo-proofing page for you.  You are able to look at these photos and make your final choices. You are also able to share these views with others in order to help you make your selection.

Do you retouch the images?

Yes-  All of your final selections are retouched gently.  In particular, the skin is retouched to remove blemishes and dark circles under the eyes.  We may slightly reduce wrinkles.

Will I get a CD? What resolution photos do I get? 

CDs are so 1997. All your photos will be delivered digitally to you 3-5 business days after your make your selection. You’ll receive every photo in an email with a password protected link to your online gallery and instructions on how to download them all in different sizes: low res for online use (Casting Frontier, LA Casting, etc.) and high res for printing.  Or via Dropbox.


    We are the only St Louis based photography studio that specializes in photographing headshots for actors, models, musicians, and other talent clients.