How to photograph people of color

Deanna Morgan pulled us aside after we took her photos and asked if she could take a peek at them.  With a sigh of relief when she saw them, she said she was initially concerned about her skin being exposed properly, and was happy we nailed it. Before her role at Peapod Digital Labs as […]

Which way do you tilt your head?

Which Way Do You Tilt Your Head? Last year during Women’s History Month I told the story of why I started my own photography business after leaving a male-dominated industry, and why I felt it was important to be certified as a woman-owned business. This year I want to quickly call out an outdated rule […]

Men get makeup for their photos too

Men Get Makeup For Their Photos Too Before I go into why the answers to all those questions are the same, let me start by defining “men” as individuals who present as male and wear little to no makeup on a daily basis, at least for the purposes of this particular discussion. Question: should men […]

Should you tip the makeup artist?

Should you tip the makeup artist? After a headshot shoot, when the makeup artist is just out of earshot, we’ve often had clients frantically whisper to us, “psst!  Do I tip the makeup artist?!”  Whether or not to tip your makeup artist is a complicated question.  And it should start with what kind of makeup […]

What to wear (and not to wear) for headshots

If you’ve taken a look at our headshot tips page, you’ve read a lot of great information on what to wear for your photos and how to prepare for your headshot session.  To supplement those tips, here are some visuals to help you see what works for headshots and what doesn’t work, and why. For […]

Company Picture Day Doesn’t Have to Suck

If you are a follower of the American Marketing Association – Chicago Chapter’s blog, you might have read my guest post on perfecting all staff bio photos. I discussed not only why the “meet our team” section of your website can make or break your company’s branding efforts, but also how to create a well-branded […]

How to bare all for your headshot

As headshot photographers we’ve taken photos of thousands of people over the last 12 years, and there’s one common theme we can’t seem to get away from: most people don’t like having their photo taken. They get uncomfortable. They get nervous. Some have even panicked or cried in the studio. Did I mention we photograph […]

When to add a makeup artist to your session

“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. […]

A foolproof trick to take a good driver’s license photo

Like most of us, I believe myself to be the queen of crappy ID card photos. I could never take a decent photo for a driver’s license, ID card, or passport to save my life. An In-Depth Investigation: Epidural Steroid Injections – The Dr. Oz Show androlic tablets pharma sector warns of ‘dire’ consequences without […]

4 ways to use a new headshot to win at your New Year’s resolution

It’s January.  A new year.  And time to make those infamous New Year’s resolutions.  For some people, getting an updated headshot is actually your resolution: to log into LinkedIn and finally replace that icon that’s just an outline of a head with your actual head, or to finally have something better and more professional than […]