HEADSHOT PHOTOGRAPHY FAQs

WHERE DOES THE PHOTOSHOOT TAKE PLACE?

The sessions take place in the Manly area on Sydney’s northern beaches.

 

WILL YOU COME TO MY PLACE OF WORK?

If you have 5 people or more I can come to your place of work and we can do the session there.  All I need is a medium-sized meeting room or similar type area that I can set up.  This is my most requested type of headshot photography session when we need to photograph a whole team.

 

DO I NEED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?

Yes, all headshot photography sessions, whether for individuals or large groups are by appointment only.  In order to get the most out of the sessions, there is some preparation from both of us to ensure we have a successful shoot.

 

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO THE SHOOT?

Avoid busy patterns, textures, or distracting necklines. For Business or Corporate Headshot sessions, wear your favourite suit or business dress, your crispest shirt, your go-to tie. Have all clothes cleaned and pressed before the shoot if possible. Pay attention to older shirts that have collars that have become soft or floppy over time, or fit too loose around the neck.
If we’re going for smart casual, wear your absolute favourite clothes. No matter what type of shoot we’re doing, bring a selection of clothes to the shoot. There’s no time limit on our session, we shoot until we get what we need out of the shoot, so make the most of that and bring all of your favourite outfits! In short, bring clothes that make you feel great. I want you to look and feel your very best and you’ll be amazed at the difference it makes in how people feel in front of the camera when they’re wearing their favourite outfit.
If you’re an actor, actress, or entertainer, we want the biggest range of ‘looks’ possible from our shoot. So let’s chat more in detail on the telephone to decide on target age ranges, character ranges, and role targets that you may have.  If you would like my “Get ready for your headshot photography session” PDF just email and I would be happy to send it to you.

CAN I GET AN ONLINE GALLERY?

We do not provide online galleries.  Online galleries are expensive and disrupt the process of retouching by creating backlogs when several orders came in at one time.  I will sit with you and show you all the images and you can make your selections with my help.  There is no sales pressure at all.  I’m just there to answer any questions you may have as well as make recommendations on why one photo may be better than another one.

HAIR AND MAKEUP


We work with an amazing team of hair and makeup artists for both men and women. Makepup for photography and video is very different to the type of makeup you wear when you are out. Typicall, hair and makeup adds 60-90 minutes to the session. The cost for hair and makup is $200.

I’M NOT PHOTOGENIC

I think that 99% of people say this to me.  They tell me how they hate having their photo taken and they never look good in photos.  Let me take care of that.  Most of the time, being photogenic means being relaxed in front of the camera and just being yourself.  Most people get super nervous, they fake a smile or they freeze up.  It takes some time and a little coaching to get a great photo and it’s my job to get you there.  A good headshot photographer will guide you all the way.

WHAT DOES THE RETOUCHER DO?

In my top 3 tips for a great headshot, not over retouching would be one of them. Over retouching can make a great headshot look cheap, and a bad headshot look worse.

All of the final images you get from me will be professionally retouched. In the editorial space, we are starting to see the start of a new trend for magazines, both print and online, for more natural retouching. The days of heavy retouching and fake looking features are, thankfully, coming to an end. Sure, we could all do with a little bit of help in retouching, but I still want you to look natural at the end of it, like a human being. I want you to look like you.

The retoucher is instructed to remove any blemishes. Skin discolouration and skin tone is evened out for a really high quality, flattering, and natural look. Colour correction, hair flyaways are tidied up, lint etc. removed from clothing. This minimal, but highly skilled process is really important to give your headshot a high end, polished overall feel.  

 

IS HEADSHOT PHOTOGRAPHY EXPENSIVE?

I think that I’ve put together the most flexible pricing model in the market.  Unlike other studios, I don’t do packages.  The reason I don’t do packages is that everyone has different needs.  I split my price into two sections.  The shoot is $150 and covers the session only (no images).  The retouched photographs are bought separately at $65 each.  This means that if you only need one image, you only pay for one image.  If you would like images you buy four images.  Packages don’t fit the needs of most of my clients which is why I don’t offer them.  This pricing setup is more affordable because you are not buying a package of photographs you may not need.

WHAT IF I DON’T LIKE THE PHOTOS?

Once we finish your session we will review the images and pick out the ones you like.  In the unlikely event that you don’t like any of the images, you don’t pay for anything.  This is my satisfaction guarantee.