what can I expect?
A welcoming environment, a cup of tea, maybe a snoring dog. Absolutely no pressure.
Plan for at least an hour. This allows time for us to try out different wardrobe ideas, poses, expressions, and lighting styles. It’s not unusual for me to shoot 150-200 frames in a session to make sure we capture exactly what you’re looking for, as well as provide some options. We review the images as we shoot to make sure you’re happy with the results, making any adjustments along the way. This "shoot and review" process ensures we get the looks you want, adjusting on the fly to cover anything we may have missed.
At the end of the session, we sit back, relax and review the shots. We only keep the best that meet both your approval and mine, usually 20-30 frames. From there, you pick your favourite shots to be professional edited and retouched.
Yup, it’s that easy.
what does it cost?
In-studio sessions are $275. Editing and retouching is $50 per image. Returning customers and military veterans get 50% off their session fee.
All prices include HST.
what do I get?
Two jpeg versions of each retouched image - one optimized for web use, and a high-resolution image perfect for printing. Images are delivered by secure download from a private gallery usually within a few days of making your selection.
No licence restrictions. No hidden usage fees. No up-sells. No watermarks.
how do I book?
do you shoot on location?
I do! Location shoots are perfect for busy executives, teams, and organizations interested in a consistent look for websites, annual reports, marketing brochures or linked-in profiles. Time and convenience is the game here as I bring my studio to you (within the National Capital Region please). You get the same quality product as you would in my studio without leaving the office. I also visit your site before the shoot to scout out the best possible location.
My on-location fee is $1600, plus $50 per person (assuming one image per person), HST included. Ideally, I like to plan at least 15-20 minutes per person to get an awesome headshot, so anything above 30 people in a day and we need to explore some options.
If you have something in mind, send me a quick note and we'll work up a quote!
how do I prepare?
Get a good night’s sleep, drink plenty of water, eat heathy and breathe deep. Arrive early with an expectation of having a good time. You will do great.
We are a team and I have your back.
where to go
My home studio is located at 1926 Leclair Crescent in Orleans (free street parking). If you’re coming by bus, routes 94 and 30 are good choices.
what to wear
It’s your story so bring what you love. Our focus is shoulders and up, so bring a variety of tops. Solid bold colours with simple necklines work best. Be sure to bring some classic whites, greys and blacks as well. Add a mixture of professional and casual, funky and cool, layers and textures. Try to avoid loud patterns, baggy or loose clothing, really high collars, and anything wrinkled - unless, of course, these things define who you are! Just be you.
If you are going for a business look, I suggest bringing at least 2 different options for jackets, 3-4 shirts and at least 10 ties (if you still wear ties). Well-tailored or slim-fit jackets (without shoulder-pads) work best. For dress shirts that will be worn with a jacket and tie, I highly recommend solid colours (white, cream, light blue, light pink, light purple, light grey). Shirts worn with a jacket but no tie can easily have a some texture or pattern. Ties should be solid colours or have small patterns.
Pro tip: I can't shoot it if you don't bring it.
Please arrive with your makeup and hair ready to go how you normally wear it. A fresh, natural classic look works best - less is more, and we can always add as the shoot progresses. If makeup was your voice - think "whisper" not "shout". Here are some awesome makeup tips for a great headshot:
liquid foundation always looks better than powder
keep the lip colour close to your natural lip colour or one shade darker and glossy
go easy on the blush
keep eyes looking defined but natural with soft blended eyeliner
neutral colour eyeshadow is usually best
blend, blend, blend ... then blend some more
wear mascara and curl your lashes
Things to avoid!
visible hard-edge lip liner
hard-edge liquid eyeliner or 'cat eyes'
harsh lines or heavy smoked-out eyeshadow
false eyelashes (unless you normally wear them and know how to apply them)
pencilling in eyebrows with a harsh line
too much blush
dramatic lip colour
colour differences between areas with and without makeup
If you really want a more dramatic style, all good. Bring what you need and we can get this done once we get the natural look covered.
If your don't normally wear any makeup, that's cool too! I do recommend a facial moisturizer of some kind so we don't have any dry skin issues. And if you tend to have oily skin, I have a wonderful product that we use to cut the shine if need be.
Lips are so important they get their own section. Please moisturize your lips (guys, especially you!) - in fact, start moisturizing a few days before your photo session. Dry, chapped lips do not retouch well. You’ve been warned.
Clean, dry hair done the way you normally wear it (on a good hair day) works best. Hairstyles are extremely personal and only you know how you like to wear it best. If you need a haircut or colour touch-up, please be sure to get this done at least two or three days before your session. If you have long hair, we will likely shoot some with you in a ponytail, so bring what you need.
For those shaving, make sure you shave well the morning of your session. If you want a little scruff or have a full beard, that's cool too - make sure your edges are nice and clean! If you would like to get some shots with and without facial hair, feel free to bring your grooming products and you can shave part-way through your session to get some different looks.
And be sure to pluck or trim any pesky chin, nose and ear hairs.
Done right they give tons of personality. They can also be terribly distracting. To best tell your story, bring a range of options from nothing to everything. Small earrings with no other jewelry are great for a clean professional look. Showcasing a more funky vibe would take more.
If you wear glasses, bring every pair. Some coatings do better under the lights then others. Shades are cool too.
pose like a pro
Homework time! Here are a few YouTube videos by my friend and mentor Peter Hurley that I encourage you to watch before your session.
It's all about the Jaw shows you the secrets behind getting that chiseled jaw (no more double chin)!
It's all about the Squinch teaches you how to nail that confident look (no more deer-in-the-headlights)!
Hold your Sub lets you in on the secret of streamlining your shoulders and arms (bye bye bingo arms)!
Practice these moves before you arrive (yup, there's a test). We will use all of these magic moves during our session.
Thanks for reading to the end!
All rates and terms are subject to change without notice.