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. When I was 16 and got my first driver’s license photo I spent 10 minutes fixing my hair in front […]

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 […]

How to ask your photographer for a discount

Today is the day I’m finally tackling the controversial issue of pricing in photography.  Specifically, discounts.  As a small business owner and service provider I’ve been asked for a discount more times than I can count.  I believe we’re living in what I like to lovingly call the “Groupon Era,” where no one pays full […]

Looks that change daily

Picking out clothing for your headshot can fun and even easy, but how do you pick out your beard?  I get a lot of requests for advice on glasses and beards- two things that can be transient on someone’s face.  Sometimes you wear glasses, sometimes you don’t.  Sometimes you’ve got some facial hair going on, […]