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What’s the difference between my makeup and pro makeup?

May 12, 2017 Published by . Leave your thoughts

In another way to help answer the question, “should I add a hair and makeup artist to my headshot session?” we’ve put together some comparison images.  Our hair and makeup artists are trained specifically in makeup for photography, and this will demonstrate how professional makeup looks on camera when compared to how we apply our everyday makeup.  Pro makeup for photography is designed to look natural, while enhancing our natural features and pulling focus away from blemishes and irregularities in our skin tone.

In these photos we had two brave volunteers (thank you again, ladies!) start with no makeup, then makeup they applied themselves as they usually do and placed their hair how they normally wear it every day; and then finally, a professional makeup artist applied their makeup and styled their hair for camera.  There was no retouching done on these images:

Regular makeup and professional makeup comparison

Choosing to have a hair and makeup artist at your headshot session is a personal decision based on your preference– and you can read more about who should have their makeup professionally done for their photos here.  And read other tips for your headshots here.

Book your headshot online now, and add a hair and makeup artist to your session!

We remodeled the studio bathroom

May 6, 2017 Published by . Leave your thoughts

Everyone stop what you’re doing and look at some before and after photos of our studio bathroom!  I know it doesn’t sound terribly exciting to most people; but we’re really excited about it.

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We wanted the new bathroom to have a vintage feel with a modern twist, to match the look and feel of the studio itself, with its modern conveniences, cool style, and original timber beams.

The vintage door comes from a salvage supply, while the vanity and shelving alcove were custom built using reclaimed wood from our friends at The Square Nail down the street.  And a special thanks to our awesome illustrator friend Natalie Nguyen, who designed our custom “how to tie a tie” poster, and our pals at Chicago Sign Systems for printing it!

And now for the close-ups… drumroll please…

When to add a makeup artist to your session

April 3, 2017 Published by . Leave your thoughts

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“I see that I can add a hair and makeup artist to my session… I’m not sure.  Should I?”  This is a question we hear all the time.  And our answer is always, “it’s up to you.”  Everyone is different, so it’s up to you to decide what would help you look your most photogenic.  For some of us that means a makeup artist, for others, retouching, for others none of those, and for still others (or most of us, really), both a makeup artist and retouching.

But since deciding whether or not to add a hair and makeup artist to your session can be tough, here’s a list of situations where someone can benefit from having a hair and makeup artist at their session:

You’re a woman who barely wears makeup or doesn’t wear any makeup at all.
This one might sound counter-intuitve at first, but you read it right.  The reason we recommend a makeup artist for women who don’t wear makeup is because our makeup artists specialize in natural-looking makeup for headshots.  They listen to how you normally apply your makeup (or how you don’t apply any at all) and create a look that naturally enhances your features without making the makeup itself noticeable.  For example, someone looking at your headshot should find themselves thinking, “her eyes look nice,” not, “that’s some great mascara.”

You’re a man or woman who can never get his or her hair to sit the way you want it to for photos.
Having a hair and makeup artist present at your photo session means having a professional to get your hair in exactly the place it should be, and to make sure it stays where it’s intended for each pose.

You tend to have red, blotchy, uneven skin, or rosacea.
A professional makeup artist will be able to use color correcting and matching techniques to apply concealors, correctors, and foundation for a more even-looking skin tone.  It’s the most natural way to get your best skin possible for the photos.

You’ve never liked the way your makeup has looked in past photos.
Sometimes the makeup we wear on a regular, daily basis isn’t best formulated for photography.  Makeup artists use brands that photograph best under both flash and continuous lighting, and know how to apply it in ways that make sure it shows exactly as they intend.

You would like the extra insurance for a great photo.
We’ve all been tramatized by photos in the past where we looked… well, not our best.  Having a professional stylist at your photo session ensures the best possible chances of a great photo.  They will use makeup to make sure your skin looks as smooth and even as possible and your best features at the center of attention.  Hot tools and styling products will also be on hand to re-curl any fallen curls, smooth frizz from humidity or add volume in dry weather.

If you have any questions about whether or not adding a makeup artist to your headshot session is right for you, feel free to contact us.

You can also book your session online, and add a hair and makeup artist using the online scheduler!

Organic Headshots turns 12… Discount time!

March 28, 2017 Published by . Leave your thoughts

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If you’ve been following Organic Headshots for a while now you know that about once a year we offer a discount on in-studio session fees. It’s time!

To celebrate our 12th year in business, you get 20% off session fees for in-studio headshot sessions. That’s right, 12 YEARS! Organic Headshots has been taking awesome headshots for awesome people in business and entertainment for a whole 12 years now, and we’ve been loving every minute of it.

Discount details:

Book an in-studio headshot session between now and April 30th, 2017, and receive 20% off the session fee. The session doesn’t have to take place in that time period, but has to be booked and in our system by April 30th, 2017 for the discount, and you must mention the discount at your session (it won’t be applied automatically). Discount cannot be applied to add-on services such as retouching or a makeup artist.

Thank you for 12 awesome years!

We can’t believe it ourselves, so we’ve got to say it again: 12 YEARS. Thank you so much to all of our clients over the years for continuing to choose Organic Headshots for their professional headshots, corporate portraits, and marketing/press photographs. It’s been a real honor to take everyone’s photos and we feel so privileged to have met so many amazing people in our work. And we’re so excited to kick off year 13 with our growing team. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

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An awesome event = awesome event photos

February 6, 2017 Published by . Leave your thoughts

Did you hear the news?  The Willis Tower is about to get a huge makeover.  Like, HUGE.  We definitely heard the news loud and clear, because we were there to photograph the press conference announcing the plans.  And it was awesome.  See for yourself:

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corporate event photography

What makes a great event photographer?  Speed.  Anticipation.  Comfortable shoes.  To get the best corporate event photos, we act with cat-like reflexes to anticipate what’s going to happen next and where to place ourselves to get the best angle.  To really show people who couldn’t make it to the event what happened, each photo has to show the context of what’s happening and make them feel like they were there.

Check out some samples in our event photo gallery and let us know if we can cover your awesome upcoming event.