Custom Photo Styles
Better Process Better Photos
Our Headshot Philosophy and How It Helps Create Better Images
Avoid “say cheese” and embrace yourself
A driving force of our headshot process is to avoid the “Say Cheese” Smile. This is very hard for almost everyone. It is impossible to have someone walk in, go behind the lights, and produce an authentic expression that will make someone want to do business with them.
Walking into a room with lots of cameras and lights can be intimidating. We all have a terrible school photo, and all we remember is a voice saying, “Say Cheese,” before we got the worst picture slapped onto our schoolbook. You don’t have to worry about that! We are trained professionals who understand how to work with people who never have stepped in front of a camera to people who are models trying to update their portfolios. Our biggest goal is to remove all the fear and frustrations about headshots and create an experience you feel good about and a photo you are proud to share. Not only will you be able to book more gigs or stand out in the professional scene, but you will also start to feel good about being behind a camera. More times than not, if you have a terrible photo, it’s not because you’re bad at pictures but simply because you didn’t know what to do. We help coach you through the simple steps to bring forth emotion to create a stunning image.
The perfect headshot is a blend between confidence and approachability
The perfect headshot comes from the eyes, smile, and body position. As humans, we are drawn to people’s eyes; as poets say, “the eyes are the doorway to the soul.” We can tell so much by how someone is looking at someone else. It shows emotion, whether that is a happy feeling or a serious one. During our headshot session, we make sure that your eyes communicate confidence. Don’t worry about not knowing how to pose your eyes for a photo. We have helped coach models and people who are new to the camera.
To match confidence in the eyes, we have approachability with the mouth. We communicate with our mouths as we speak and express emotions such as a smile showing happiness. We help pose different mouth positions to ensure that your smile shows approachability. This is a secret sauce in the headshot field as it shows people that you are open and easy to work with.
Lastly, the body tells us a lot about how someone is feeling. For example, if someone is slumped over, they might be exhausted or tired; on the other hand, if upright, they could be confident and happy. We use all of these together to help show the authentic you. You are a beautiful person both inside and out; as photographers, we first understand your beauty and then work with you to show that on camera.
The paired eyes, mouth, and body tell a uniform story of confidence and approachability. If the eyes look dead, but there is a big smile on someone’s face, we can tell something is off. Likewise, if the body shows confidence but has no smile, we don’t assume that the person is friendly and approachable. You must have all three of these things working together to get a headshot that turns heads and books gigs.
Planning Your Headshot Appointment
Location: Corvallis Studio
Location: Corvallis Studio
Location: Corvallis Studio
How to customize your headshot session
Headshot Options to Consider Before Your Headshot Session
These are different options that you can pick from; if you have a style that you know and like, feel free to create a Pinterest board and share it with us! If you don’t see what you like, it is entirely normal, and we will try different angels during our shoot to see what you want the most.
Softer photos are about the focal length. We use different settings to make the edges of the face soft and dreamy.
Medium photos are the standard look that you see in headshots. We focus on the eye and there is a nice blend of hard and soft lines.
The hard look combines focal length and post-editing to achieve hard lines and skin textures. This is great if you are going for a serious, rugged, or intense look.
A straight-on headshot is when both eyes are the same distance from the camera. You can still have different body positions, such as a tilted your head one way or body turning another way.
An angled headshot is when one eye is closer to the camera than the other. This is a great way to make your face look more symmetrical.
A top-down headshot angle is when the camera is slightly positioned higher than the eye line. This gives the photo a stronger jaw line.
An upshot is when the camera is slightly below the eye-line. This gives the headshot more presence in the photo.
A tight shot is when the face takes up most of the image. This is the same as a close-up during a movie.
A head shoulder headshot is when the image includes from the shoulders up. This is what you would see in a typical headshot.
A chest-up photo includes more of the body and the surrounding area. This could be a good choice if you are trying to highlight a background or feeling in the image.
A full-size photo shows the whole body and the surrounding area. This is a great option if you are doing branding or marketing photos.
A serious expression is only advised for modeling, marketing asset, or an actor shoot. This facial expression involves the eyebrows, lips, and eyes.
A slightly closed smile is one of the usual headshot smiles. It gives a confident and approachable feeling.
The teeth smile is the other normal headshot smile. It gives more of a friendlier tone than a slightly closed mouth.
The laughing smile is the most upbeat headshot available. These headshots are great for transitions on websites, modeling, or actors.
Our lighting options are specific to each person, height, type of photo they want, and the mood they are trying to achieve. During our phone call, we will talk about all of these options.
What a session would look like
Our Photography Session Together
Sitting down 15 minutes
Getting know each other
Warm-up and posing
Immediate results to review body positioning.
Finding Your Angles
A relaxed fun environment creates good posing not stiff commands
Taking photos as we talk
Staying relaxed and enjoying the moment
Reviewing photos occasionally as go and refining poses need be
Bad images never leave the studio
Review photos and pick your favorites
Actor/Modeling express depth in range
Multiple photos and angels
Bad photos are never shown
- Order from packages
What we edit in your photos
Post Headshot Editing
For business professionals, we recommend picking a background that enhances the feeling you want your headshot to represent, this could be a forest background, a simple color, or it can also be a darker gray. It all depends on what you are trying to achieve with your headshot.
For models, we recommend clear/plain backgrounds. We want the focus to be on the face and expressions because this is what they are looking for when booking gigs.
Every color from red to purple
Light to Dark
Can choose urban or nature backgrounds
Don’t worry about lint on clothes, flyaway hairs, or a pimple popping up. We take care of all of that during our photo retouching/editing.