Why do I need a professional headshot?

You only get one chance to make a first impression. In an online world, a professional headshot can be the difference between grabbing the attention of your dream client and missing out, whether you’re an actor, an entrepreneur or a large corporate company. Professionals across industries are realising the importance of finding and using a specialist headshot photographer to put their best face forward.

If you promote your business on LinkedIn, a professional headshot will often be the only thing that makes you stand out when anyone does a search for people in your industry. On average, LinkedIn members with professional profile photos get 21 times more profile views than those without, and nine times as many connection requests. If you’re wondering “Do I need a professional headshot for LinkedIn?”, the answer is a resounding “YES”.

What is a headshot?

A headshot is different from a traditional portrait in that it focuses almost entirely on your face. This means that the studio lighting can be tailored to get amazing depth of highlight and shadow to accentuate your unique facial features and create an image that really stands out with that extra “wow” factor.

Can I go to any photographer for my headshot?

As with all things, choosing a specialist is always the best option. If you needed your house rewiring, would you choose a general handyman or an experienced electrician?

In the same way, different genres of photography require specific skills. For an exceptional headshot you need to use someone that understands studio lighting and is able to coach you for amazing facial expression. We have worked with hundreds of business professionals to craft their perfect headshot images. We understand what makes a great headshot and can help you to select the final images that will really show your best face to the world.

I don’t have a clue what I need to do!

You are not alone!! Very few people feel completely at ease when they stand in front of a camera. Our job is to help you feel relaxed and confident and to make your headshot session a really enjoyable and memorable experience.

You can book a free video consultation to discuss your needs and let us answer any questions you may have. Or simply complete our contact form and we will get back to you by phone or email.

We will also send you a comprehensive style guide PDF when you book and arrange a short pre-shoot chat to help you prepare for your session and choose the best outfits to make you shine in your images.

What happens during a professional headshot session?

We usually start with a decent cup of coffee (or tea) and chat through your session.

I want to get to know you so that I can ensure we bring out your character in your headshots. We can discuss backdrops and look through the outfits you have brought to decide on combinations and an order for the session.

I will guide you through every step of the headshot session, offering coaching and techniques to bring out your features, helping you to look confident and approachable. You have nothing to worry about. My aim is that it will be a fun and enjoyable experience.

Is your studio for professional headshots near me?

Our Barnham studio serves the whole of West Sussex and has easy parking nearby. Being in the heart of the village, the studio is in an ideal location for anyone from Chichester, Bognor Regis, Portsmouth, Worthing or further afield. Barnham Railway station is only 100 yards from the studio, making it easily accessible from most locations across West Sussex and beyond.

Can you come to my workplace or do I need to come to the studio?

We can happily to come to your workplace for your headshot session if this is easiest for you. This often makes more sense if you have a large team who all require consistent headshots images for your social media or website. On-location shoots do carry an additional fee due to the time it takes to set up / pack down our studio equipment etc. We would also require a 5x3m uncluttered space to set up our lighting for the shoot.

When do I get to see my images?

All of our headshot sessions are done whilst tethered to a computer screen so you can view some of the images as we go along. This will increase your confidence, help you to see how our face coaching makes vast improvements to your images and hopefully get you excited about the results. You will also be able to tell what looks best and if any shots/styles are not working for you, so we can make adjustments.

You get to choose your images before you leave the photoshoot, how cool is that!

When we have finished shooting, we will grab a coffee, sit down and go through your images together. We will take our time and I will help you to pick out the images that you love and bring out your best.

How long before I receive my finished images?

Once you have chosen the images that you would like to purchase, you will be invited to make payment for those images. Once our session is complete and payment has been made, Your images will be fully processes and re-touched. This process includes the removal any spots and blemishes, fly away hairs and any other distractions that we agree to adjust. Each selected image will also be colour balanced whilst maintaining your natural look so no-one would ever know that the images have been professionally re-touched. Depending on my workload, your full set of images will usually be delivered digitally within 7 days (although I aim to complete this process much sooner where possible).

How much does a professional headshot session cost?

Our session fees vary depending on location and the number of people who you are booking for. Our base rate for individual clients at our studio is £150. These sessions are time-unlimited to remove any pressure, including various outfit changes and our image selection process at the end of the session. The session fee does not include any images. We will help you to selected the perfect images from your session which can be purchased for editing and digital delivery at an additional cost of £50 per image.

Do you offer Personal Brand Photography?

Yes, we can work with you to capture a range of images in keeping with your personal brand. Sessions can take place either in our Barnham studio or at a location for an environmental portrait session.

Do you offer Social Media Photography?

We can provide bespoke one-off or ongoing media content for all of your social media profiles. Our aim is to show off your USP (“Unique Selling Point”) – the thing that makes you stand out from the crowd. We call it the “One Trick Pony“.

Can you produce video content?

Video content for your website is so important to engage your potential clients and keep their attention. We can work with you to develop a video strategy and capture a range of video content that will make your website come alive, promote your team and products and answer many of the questions that customers may need answering before they get in touch.

So what now?

If you have further questions, why not book a free consultation with us where we can explain our process to you.

Alternatively, now’s the time to visit our booking page and get your professional headshot session in booked into the diary.