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When to add a makeup artist to your session

April 3, 2017 Published by . 1 Comment

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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!

Timelapse in the Willis Tower

October 31, 2016 Published by . Leave your thoughts

The Organic Headshots crew set up shop in a law firm’s office in the Willis Tower for a few days last week for what we endearingly and unofficially call the “Mobile Headshot Unit.”  (Mainly because it makes us sound like Navy Seals which is pretty rad.)  When we’re not taking awesome headshots in our awesome studio, we’re setting up our gear in conference rooms across the Chicago Loop to photograph large groups in lightning speed.

Last week we set up some timelapse cameras during our shoots to capture our system in action.  Each person checks in for their headshot and is quickly powdered for shine and checks themselves out in a mirror to fix their hair, has their photo taken, then chooses their photo right after taking it.  This particular law firm is very large, so it was incredibly helpful for them to allow their staff to choose their favorite photo right after taking them.  That way their marketing department doesn’t have to choose for them or chase down over 200 people for their photo selections later.  And!  If they happen not to like any of their photos, we retake them right then and there!  Boom.

And then since there was a little down time and we were in the Willis Tower… we just HAD to reenact a scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

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Presenting: the new studio!

October 17, 2016 Published by . 2 Comments

The move into the new studio earlier this month is complete!  Our new space is in the Bloomingdale Arts Building, 2418 W. Bloomingdale Ave., right across the street from the entrance to the Bloomingdale Trail on Western Avenue.

In other related news, we’ve also got a new online scheduler where you can book your headshot session online.  And some of you have already met Jeff, who joined Organic Headshots a while back and is shooting more and more here.  Now that we have 2 photographers in the studio and on location, we can offer more available appointments and shoot days!

We’re so excited to be in our new space!  It’s a little over 1,000 square feet of awesome new backdrops, hardwood floors, a super bright skylight, softboxes galore, and amenities like a full kitchen and bathroom.  And we’ve filled it with awesome creature comforts that we know everyone will enjoy: fresh coffee, tea, bottled water, snacks, some house blazers and ties (for those of us who accidentally forget our ties), and some hair helpers like brushes, combs, pomade and hairspray.

Book your session with either Michelle or Jeff to see the new space for yourself!  David Bowie the Dog is waiting to sniff you.  🙂

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