Headshot Session FAQ

Answers To The Most Common Questions

By Dennis Drenner on 9 Jan 2016
in Preparing for your shoot



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This posts answers all of the most common questions. If you still have questions after reading this, please shoot me a message at studio@charmcityheadshots.com.

What are your session fees?

Please scoot on over to my home page to see my latest session options and fee. These packages cover the most common situations, but if your case is unique please let me know and I'll happily work up a custom quote!

What's the difference between a studio and a location shoot?

For a studio shoot, you come to me. With a location shoot, I bring a portable studio to your location and set up in a conference room or other convenient spot. Location shoots are great for larger groups or busy folks who don't have the time to come to my location. Ideally, I like to have a space that is at least 10 feet by 10 feet to set up the portable studio, but I can cram into a tighter space if need be.

I'm looking for a portrait that shows some of the background. Can you help with that?

Absolutely. I love doing environmental portraits and have done hundreds of them over the years. We can photograph you in your place of work, in a field with your cows or hanging off the skids of your helicopter. Whatever helps tell your story! Please email me for a customized quote for this type of job (generally we'll be looking at something closer to my location session pricing).

What to Wear

Wear solid or simple patterns, dark to mid-toned colors, avoiding bright whites and bold patterns. In your headshot we want the attention on your face, not on your clothing. Splashes of color (like a red shirt under a dark blazer) are good. Ideally, bring a few options-- different shirts, jackets, ties, jewelry, scarves.

Ideally, blouses for ladies should not too low cut or they could end up being cropped entirely out of the frame (and it will look like you are doing a naked headshot shoot!) We can also deal with this issue by using clips to hike the blouse up a bit closer to your neck.

Makeup and Grooming

I don't usually recommend makeup for men. It can help, but unless you're an actor or TV personality, the makeup is more likely to make you uncomfortable and isn't worth the trouble. Men should pay extra attention to grooming their facial hair. I can't give you a clean shave with Photoshop!

For women, keep the makeup simple and flat, but a bit heavier than usual is OK as the camera takes some off.

If you want to work with a professional makeup artist, please let me know and I'm happy to recommend some of my local favorites. For individual studio sessions, most folks will arrange to have their makeup done off-site just before the session. For larger groups, we will often arrange to have the makeup artist on location. You should double check price and details with the MUA, but it's usually around $125 per person.

Studio Location

The headshot studio is in my home office at 3646 Elm Ave, Baltimore, MD 21211. It's a grey house with a red door. I'm right in the heart of Hampden, but street parking is usually not a problem. That said, if your session is on Friday or Saturday night or other peak time, arrive a bit early in case you have trouble finding a spot.

Deposits and Payments

You can reserve your headshot appointment with a $100 deposit via Paypal (to dennis@dennisdrenner.com), or Venmo (where my username is "Dennis-Drenner") . The remainder is due after your session, and can be paid the same way (or you can bring a check or cash to the session).

You do not need a Paypal account to send the deposit via Paypal, you just need a credit or debit card. Follow the link in the deposit request email and click on "Pay as a Guest." For a more detailed explaination of this with screenshots, please check out this post: http://www.charmcityheadshots.com/blog/blog-post/use-paypal-without-account/.

After The Shoot

I shoot somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 images during a typical 60 minute session. After our shoot, I will narrow this down to 30-50 of the best images which I will put into an online gallery and deliver to you within two business days. At your convenience, let me know your favorite image for a retouch. Regular sessions include one free retouch, and additional retouches are just $25. I am usually able to get the retouched images back to you within two business days.

For more details on post-shoot matters like downloading and retouching, please check out this post: http://www.charmcityheadshots.com/blog/blog-post/after-the-shoot/

So I Get All The Pictures?

Yes. You can download and keep all the photos in my final edit of approximately 30-50 photos and do what you want with them.

Can You Do Passport and Visa Photos?

Yes I can and they are included in my normal studio session, though onsite printing is extra. For more details please check out this post: Passport Photos.

A Note On Cropping

I often crop into the top of the head a bit when shooting horizontals, which is what I usually shoot these days. It just looks better and makes a stronger composition. If you think this is not normal, here's the website for the most famous headshot photographer in the country: https://peterhurley.com/ (every brain lobotomized!) If this doesn't appeal to you, please let me know BEFORE THE SHOOT.


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