My Photography Process With Clients


After booking a photography client I like to do a few things before we meet.  One is figuring out their needs.  Are they looking for a business headshot to use on their company website or LinkedIn or are they looking for a commercial or theatrical headshot for acting or do they have an event they want me to take photos of.

After figuring out their photography needs I like to send the client a one-sheet.  The one-sheet includes the price and what I deliver, plus ideas on what to wear.   I find that when I lay out everything before the shoot there is no confusion in the end.

Then I will send out an email with the one-sheet, the time and date of our photoshoot, the address and a suggestion on where to park.

The Photoshoot:

When clients come to meet me at the office I see what outfits they brought.  We decide on the right outfit and go outside the office to shoot.  Some great places I’ve found to shoot is in the garage right across the street from the office, plus there are a bunch of walls around Downtown Santa Monica that make for great places to shoot.

One of the things I like to focus on is lighting during the photoshoot.  First of all I want to highlight your eyes, then I want to make sure there are no weird shadows on you or your clothing.

Post Photoshoot

After taking the photos we come back to the office and load them onto my computer.  We go through all of the photos in Adobe Lightroom giving a one star to the photos we like.  Then we go through all of the one star photos and put 2 stars on the photos that we like even better.  The star system goes on until we find the 2 photos we absolutely love.

I then take the 2 photos and color correct them and take out any blemishes in Photoshop.  Oftentimes If I’m only taking photos of one person in a day, I’m able to email the photos back to clients that day.

That’s the process!  Please reach out to me if you have any other questions on how things work.

How To Prepare For Your Photoshoot

Here are some tips for preparing for a headshot photo session:

  • Choose the right outfit: Wear something that reflects the image you want to project.  If you are taking business headshots, choose clothing that is appropriate for a professional setting.  Avoid busy patterns, bright colors, and logos, as they can distract from your face, instead opt for solid colors or subtle patterns.
  • Practice your pose: Stand in front of a mirror and try out different poses to find the one that looks most natural and flattering. Practice smiling with your teeth and without your teeth.
  • Get some rest the night before
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Consider getting your hair and hair and makeup done.  This can help you feel more confident and polished in front of the camera.  Contact me and I can recommend someone that does hair and makeup.  If you are doing your own hair and make up, be sure not to overdue it.
  • Relax and have fun: Remember, a headshot is just a photo of your face. Don’t take it too seriously and try to relax and have fun during the photo session. This will help you look more natural and confident in your headshot.
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