You have questions. I have answers.
HOW IT WORKS
Studio Sessions FAQs:
- Call or WhatsApp me at +852 6091-3324, email, or use the contact form to make any enquiries and set a date
- I will have the lighting and background of your choice ready when you arrive
- I shoot tethered to the computer so you can view the progress as we shoot
- You will get guidance during your shoot on poses and expressions to help achieve the best results
- Select your photos to be retouched immediately
- I will upload the finished photos to a dropbox folder so you can download them at your convenience.
Studio location: Room 1603, Bonham Commercial Centre, 44-46 Bonham Strand west, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Location Sessions at your office FAQs:
No need for your staff to travel to our studio and lose time from their working day.
- We bring the studio to you. With portable lighting, backgrounds and a laptop, we will produce studio quality images at your location.
- Another option is to photograph your firm at the office within a natural setting as the background. A few natural location setting options examples are in an office, lobby or specialty area that you are comfortable in. The photographic background setting can be your choice, or if you prefer we would be happy to make our professional recommendation for your corporate portrait.
- Efficient sessions. We know you are busy. We know how to balance achieving the most flattering images, while using the least amount of your valuable time.
- Selection is easy. No waiting for proofs. You make your selection from our viewing station during your session
- Call or Whatsapp us at +852 6091-3324, email, or use our contact form for more information or to receive a customized price quote. We create images that make your people look and feel their best about their business image.
WHAT DO I WEAR?
CLOTHING TIPS FOR YOUR BUSINESS PORTRAIT SESSION
Helpful clothing tips for all:
- Wear clothes that are comfortable, that make you feel confident and look your best.
- Make sure your clothing fits you well. Clothing that is too big or too tight will be obvious in the photos.
- Simple and classic clothing styles are recommended.
- Clothes should be clean, neatly pressed and should look new or like new.
- Solid colors always work well. Avoid busy patterns—stripes, plaids, and floral patterns.
- Do not try a new hairstyle before your session. Hair highlights, color and or cuts should be done two weeks before your session. You may want to let it grow-in a bit or get used to styling a new cut first.
- Do not try/use any new product on your hair, face or body the day before or a few days before your shoot, just in case you have a bad reaction to the product.
- Tans and sunburns will show in photographs. If you are planning to be outdoors before your session, keep this in mind when initially scheduling your session.
What to bring – Men and Women:
- Various changes of clothing as needed. The basic package includes (1) outfit. Some people decide to upgrade and be photographed in two different outfits.
- Good attitude.
- Hair brush/comb and spray.
- Makeup and lipstick for touch ups.
- Lip balm for men and women.
What to wear – Women:
- Clothing Tips: Try your outfits on at home first and select a variety to bring with you. You can schedule an in-studio clothing consult with the photographer on a day before your session if you need advice. Select and wear clothes that you are comfortable wearing and that fit you well.
- Avoid big prints and busy patterns.
- A white or cream colored blouse by themselves is not recommended.
- Sleeveless blouses or tops by themselves are not recommended.
- For a no-jacket casual look, bring various colored blouses – ideally darker than your skin tone.
- Wear colors that compliment your features.
- Darker colors project a more business-like image.
- Makeup- wear a little darker than you normally would. Avoid shimmers or products with lots of sparkle or shine.
- Keep jewelry simple.
- Avoid jewelry that would distract from your face or that looks dated.
- Bring a few accessories with you if you are unsure.
- Hair styled and makeup already applied.
- You can arrive dressed in your outfit or you may change here in the studio. If changing here, please arrive 10 minutes prior to your session time.
What to wear – Men:
- The corporate look is a suit jacket, dress shirt and tie.
- A casual business look is often a jacket and open dress shirt, or dress shirt on it’s own.
- For a no-jacket casual look, bring several colored shirts – ideally darker than your skin tone.
- For photography purposes, a white dress shirt by itself is not recommended. However, you can wear a white shirt underneath a jacket.
- If you are not sure feel free to bring a few different jackets, shirt colors and ties so we can assist you with selections.
- If you tend to have a 5 o’clock shadow in the afternoon, either schedule your session for a morning time slot, or plan on shaving before your session if it is in the afternoon.
More Headshot FAQs
Clothing is the most important factor in your headshot, but it is definitely not the focus.
With proper clothing, your face commands attention and clothing itself becomes secondary.
Wearing the wrong clothing takes attention away from where you want it – on you and on your face.
– Dress in the fashion which you feel best represents both you and your company.
– For a formal business portrait, dress as you would if you were making a presentation
to your most important clients or associates.
– For a more casual portrait, you still want to wear something that looks upscale and smart. Perhaps a blazer,
a sweater over a button-down shirt or a blouse.
Men should wear a solid dark suit, a pressed and well-fitting white or light colored shirt, and a dark tie.
Women should wear a solid suit and a light blouse. Wear something that looks good from the waist up.
Try to pick something that falls well on your shoulders and flatters your neckline.
– Darker shades are more flattering and slimming, but remember – black is not always the best color.
Try navy, dark-gray, chocolate, forest green, deep teal, eggplant or a rich caramel.
– Avoid wearing bold stripes, plaids, checks, dots and prints, they are confusing and do not photograph well.
– Patterns are fine, as long as they’re not too distracting.
– Avoid light colors that approximate flesh tones such as beige, tan, peach, pink, white, and yellow.
– Avoid solid black which will photograph flat, and lack detail and dimension.
– Avoid wearing a light-gray suit.
– You might consider avoiding red.
– Do not wear short sleeves for a head-and-shoulders portrait.
– Loud ties and flashy jewelry divert attention from your face. Stick with simple and elegant.
Hair and makeup for women
– If you are doing your own makeup, apply as you might for a formal evening out.
– If you “never wear makeup” you might want to at least use some for your photo session.
– If you are doing your own hair, remember to bring some hair product (if you use it,)
a hair brush or comb and a blow dryer to the session.
Grooming for men
– Shave early in the day to let any razor-burn dissipate and allow nicks to heal before the shoot.
– For a late-day portrait session, if you have a heavy beard, a touch-up shave at mid-day is recommended,
especially to mitigate five-o’clock shadow.
– Don’t cut your hair the day before your shoot! It will look like you just got a haircut.
– If you wear glasses most of the time, I recommend wearing them for your portrait.
– Because of reflections, please be prepared to take out the lenses or to bring an extra frame without lenses.
… And finally,
No need to go crazy on your poses for professional headshots. It’s best to focus on minimalist poses.
At the beginning of your session, you should warm up with simple and straightforward poses. Simply stand there and smile. Later, we will work toward some arms-crossed headshots and perhaps a couple candids.
You can see some examples of poses here on Pinterest.
Gray is the best backdrop for modern corporate headshots. It’s a versatile neutral tone that does not distract from you the subject, and it will match well with most clothing. We adjust the backdrop light to control the brightness and gradient to compliment what you wear. We occasionally do headshots on white backgrounds, which makes for a bright, fresh, and casual look and feel.
We can create backgrounds from black to white and any shade of gray in between.
If you work in a creative industry or tech, or want something more colourful, we have several coloured backgrounds the studio, but it’s generally not recommended for professional headshots.
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! We strive to create a fun & stress-free environment for every client. At our studio, we play upbeat music and constantly get feedback from the client so that we can work towards an amazing headshot that you’ll be proud to show online
We will remove non-permanent blemishes such as pimples, shaving cuts, dry skin, and unwanted hairs in our retouching process. We can remove permanent features such as moles, wrinkles, rosacea, and acne by request.