Having your portrait made is sometimes the antithesis of fun or easy. Sometimes people even ask you to name dairy products.
My collaborative approach frees us to create some of if not the finest headshots you've ever had. Together we will produce photos that present you as competent, confident, and approachable. You might even enjoy yourself.
Each session includes as much time, clothing changes, and style adjustments as needed to get the images we love. We will get it right together, and we’ll make sure you’re comfortable throughout the experience. Trust, I won’t keep you longer than necessary. That said, we don’t need to compromise our work because someone is booked right after you, or because we’re not quite where we need to be, but your 30-minute or 60-minute session is moments from expiring.
Lighting, posing, and composition are essential, but they don’t take too much time to lock in. The expression, the critical element of any headshot, typically requires equal parts relaxation and time to coax out because getting your headshot made tends to make people feel uncomfortable. I am more concerned with creating quality images that I can be proud of and you can derive value from than leaving you to choose from a set of 50 or more indistinguishable images that all miss the mark. I’m for quality over quantity. The expression we’re after is confidence and approachability. Confidence comes from the eyes. Approachability comes from the mouth. Competence comes with relaxation. Whether we get there early or a bit later is fine because we’re not racing the clock. In either case we’ve got ample time to cycle through all the outfit changes we want to. I book no more than two sessions per day in service to this ethos. One in the morning, and one in the afternoon.
Before the session we’ll connect to get a sense of what you need and what you need it for. We’ll talk clothing, styling, and makeup (if applicable), and review pre-shoot preparation guidelines so we can be ahead of the game. We’ll also determine the date, time, and location of our session. During the session I’ll coach you on everything you need to know. Our goal in working together is creating great images and I’ll put in as little or as much time as we need to get them.
We’ll review images once or twice as we go to check our progress, and if you want to change anything, we can fix it on the spot. We’ll mark the best images and review those at the end of our session to make your selections.
Once your selections are made, I will complete any needed retouching and deliver your selections to you electronically. You can expect to receive versions optimized for display on your website, social media, and print. I also include black & white versions for you to use if your image won’t be displayed in color.
The individual headshot session fee is a flat $100. This includes:
No time limit on your session
Unlimited Outfit Changes
One on One Post Session Advice For Image Selection
Pre-shoot Preparation Guidelines
Image Review During The Session
One on One Assistance in Selecting Images
Professional Retouching For All Selections Made
Digital Delivery With Custom Versions for Social Media and Print
Each selected image is $50. The final cost of your visit will be the total of the session fee plus the cost of your professional retouched images. Tax, where applicable, is included. I don’t release unretouched images.
A brief summary of the last 13 years
I was working retail. I bought a camera, lenses, flashes, accessories, a computer, and software. Not all at once. I made some photographs. I registered a business. I quit a job working retail. (Editor’s note: I didn’t have photo clients when I did that.) I made some photographs. I started attending seminary. I got married. We started paying off student loan and credit card debt. I made some photographs. I sold and purchased equipment. I finished seminary. I made some photographs. I began pastoring a church. Made more photographs. We finished paying off debt.
First child. We made some photographs, and we even sent out announcement cards. More pastoring. I made some photographs. We moved. More pastoring. Second child. We made some more photographs, and sent fewer announcement cards.I also made some photographs, sold and purchased equipment and refined approaches to making photographs. More pastoring. Third child while relocating (that’s an interesting story). We made some photographs and texted people because we weren’t going to blast the child off on Facebook or Instagram like that.
Still pastoring, and, scene. (Editor’s note: that would be a pre-Netflix Arrested Development reference.)
I still need to make more photographs. Also, headshot photography provides a more than satisfying mix of human interaction, technical know-how, and artistic interpretation.
A minivan is just a book bag on steroids (or, conceived in the mind of Batman). Just think about that for a minute.
I bought my first digital SLR in 2006. It was a Canon Rebel XT. I went with the all black one because that meant it was professional. I also shot the 30D and then the original 5D before switching to Fuji because, reasons.
I think I might be the only living left-handed person in my family. That's inclusive of Mom and Dad’s sides and the fantastic family expansion pack gained through marriage.
Deconstructed cheesecake prepared sous vide in a mason jar is amazing, but I don’t really like cheesecake that much. Really, I don’t. But it’s a nice dessert to keep in the tuck.
I graduated from Rutgers University’s New Brunswick Campus in 2003. I did not major in, nor study photography. (I was a Communication major and a Psychology minor.)
When I used to play the Contra with my Dad back in the day*, there were times when he’d use all 30 of his lives and 29 of mine. That somehow seemed to increase the likelihood that I’d slip up and die within the first minute of level 8.
‘Hey Ya’ (Andre 3000) and ‘Another Star’ (Stevie Wonder) are pretty sad songs if you actually listen to the lyrics, but through the magic of music they don’t dance that way.
*up-up-down-down-L-R-L-R-B-A-B-A-select-start, or he wouldn’t make it with me.