Frequently Asked Questions About Boulder Corporate Headshots
Where Do You Shoot Corporate Headshots?
Most of our corporate headshot clients prefer to have us set up studio lights and a backdrop for business headshots in their office, making corporate headshots very convenient for employees without too much travel and lost time in the day. By having one set-up on location we can also ensure consistency between the headshots so they will have a consistent look and feel. Within the Boulder area there is no additional transportation cost for corporate headshots. There is a $100 travel fee for travel to Denver.
Alternately, we have a studio space conveniently located near 32nd and Walnut Street in Boulder - a perfect place to have your business headshots done in a professional studio environment.
How Much Space Do You Need to Set Up in My Office?
To set up a proper photo studio for business headshots in your office we prefer to have a room that is at least 14' by 20'. If this is not possible, please call so we may discuss the available room in your office. Sometimes our corporate headshot photographer will come in to see the space before the photoshoot, and typically we arrive an hour early to set up for the shoot, and require an hour to break down.
What Should I Wear for a Professional Headshot Session?
Dressing for corporate headshots can vary by geographical market and industry. While many local-to-Colorado companies often value informality and casual work attire, this differs across the country and certainly throughout the world. When preparing for your headshot, consider your brand and audience before making a decision on your wardrobe. It is generally preferred to be overdressed rather than underdressed.
Some basic rules of dressing for a professional headshot:
- Wear sleeves. The focus should be on your face, and bare arms can draw attention elsewhere. Keep distractions at bay and cover your shoulders and arms.
- Basic colors that create contrast with the background help make your professional headshot pop! A white shirt with a pure white background can be difficult on the eyes. Similarly, a loud pattern can take the attention away from your face.
- Dress up a bit more than you do in the office. Show your clientele that you are trustworthy by dressing the part.
What about Retouching?
A well retouched photo should never look retouched. It should look like the best version of you! Retouching will lighten the eyes and teeth, remove blemishes and ease wrinkles. It will soften the skin while keeping the texture intact. The remaining skin texture will prevent the photo from looking manipulated. I will perform more or less retouching depending upon the client’s preference.
Ladies, plan to wear more makeup than you would usually wear on a normal workday, and bring all of your makeup with you.
Gentlemen, please do not wear any makeup, including concealer. We will take care of any temporary blemishes in post-production.
We can also recommend makeup and hair stylists if you would prefer assistance from a professional.
Should I Wear Makeup?
How Should I Prepare for My Headshot?
Self Care: The day before your photoshoot, drink plenty of water and get a full night's sleep.
Hair: Gents, get a haircut five days before your photos. A day-of haircut stands out in photographs, so let it settle for a few days. If you wear facial hair, keep it tidy, and if you're clean-shaven, shave every day for the 4-5 days before your shoot.
Ladies, style your hair or hire a professional hairstylist for your shoot.
Bring extra product for your hair, as fly-aways show up more than usual with professional lighting. If you color your hair, have your color retouched as close to your photoshoot as possible.
Nails: If you are planning on any lifestyle shots or in-action corporate photos, get a manicure the day before your photographs. With high resolution photos, clean, trim nails make a big difference.
If you wear polish on your nails, a french manicure or nude colors generally have the most professional look.
Can I View My Headshots in Real Time?
Yes! We tether our cameras to a computer during your shoot so you can see exactly what your headshot photographer sees. Together, you can make adjustments that compliment your friendly, confident, competent look.
Should I Wear My Glasses for My Corporate Shoot?
If your clients or co-workers are most familiar with you in glasses, yes.
If you sometimes wear glasses, we will likely ask that you take them off for your photoshoot.
What Does a Typical Session Cost?
Corporate headshots sessions last anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours depending on your needs and are priced accordingly. Groups of corporate headshots for employees usually range from five minutes to 15 minutes per employee. Please call us for an estimate for your needs.
Most photo proofs are sent back within three days, and final retouched images within a week. If you have a large group or many photos, your time may be longer.
How Much Time Should I Allot for Photos?
What Can I Do With My Photos?
While your photographer retains ownership of the photos, you own the rights to use your photographs for your website, marketing, etc.
Owning the rights to your photos also means taking responsibility for them. You do not have permission to sell these photographs or claim them as your own photography. If you need to use photos for a third party, please check your agreement with Eli.
Before we work together, we will discuss usage rights for the photos and find an agreement that works for everyone involved.
What is Your Cancellation Policy?
We require a non-refundable 50% booking fee upon time of booking to secure your time and location. While we make every effort to accommodate shifting schedules, we require a one-week notice for cancellations or reschedules.