Corporate Headshots & Portraits
Frequently Asked Questions
How many photos do you take in a session?
I usually shoot multiple headshots and portraits for each person in a single session so that you can select the headshot or portrait that you like, so that you have a choice. However that depends on how much time you can spare for the shoot.
Do I have to pay for all the photos you take in a session?
No! you only pay for the photos you select. I will show you all the photos, you can select what you like and pay for them. I will edit the photos you selected and give them to you.
What is the basis for your charges?
Time and effort it takes for the shoot and re-touch (which is 3 times the time and effort it takes to shoot), a small portion of the cost of expensive camera, lens, strobes and other equipment, cost of hardware and software, charges of my assistant, cost of commute and most important a small remuneration for years of experience and skill in shooting portraits.
The sample photos you shared on the website look normal. What's so special about your photography?
These are photos of lawyers/advocates, chartered accountants, management consultants, teachers, company board members and people of different professions who got the photos taken for professional purpose, none of them are models. The people to whom these photos belong, they love these photos. That's what I offer to do - give you photos of you that you love and feel proud to share. In your photos I will try and make sure that you look like your sober best self - not like a model. I don't offer to make anyone look like a model. If that's not what you are looking for, perhaps this service is not for you.
What do you do with the photos I don't select/choose to buy?
I delete those photos anytime after 2 weeks depending on available storage.
Can you give away the photos I didn't select for free? (you are anyway going to delete them)
I delete them BECAUSE you are not buying them meaning that you don't need them. If you want them you are welcome to buy all of them. You pay for the photos you take. I too need to pay for expensive equipment, continual upgrades of computer hardware, storage, monthly software subscriptions, commute to your office/home, my assistant and a host of other bills so I can't give away photos for free. Thank you for your understanding.
What are outdoor headshots? How are they different from studio-style headshots?
Outdoor headshots are taken outdoors in the same manner as studio headshots but without a backdrop. The backdrop will be what's available - trees, plants, etc. They are especially nice and pleasing because of the interesting background they will have compared to sober looking white/gray/any other color backdrop of studio headshots.
Will you come to our office to take photos?
Yes of course! I will come to your office or home or outdoors to shoot your photos.
My office (or home) is very small. Can we still do the photo shoot?
Yes, once I am at your office or home, based on space available and lighting, we can select the best location therein. If it is not deemed suitable, we can head outdoors for the shoot. All the photos in this gallery were shot in tight spaces, small offices, conference rooms or small apartments.
I am camera shy. Will you help me in posing?
Yes, of course! I will guide you in bringing out your best for a headshot or a portrait. None of my customers are models - please check this gallery - all these are people just like you.
I hate having my photo taken. How will you make me look good?
There is no such thing as photogenic! There are bad poses, unflattering angles, and tense faces. I can and will help with all of that and more. I will guide you through the posing of every shot I take.
I don’t look like a model. In fact, I strongly dislike my ________(nose/chin/any thing else) and am worried it will ruin my pictures. Is there a way around this?
You absolutely do not need to look like a model, and none of the people in the photos in the gallery are models. We can work around anything about your appearance that you’re uncomfortable with. If you have something specific that you’re self conscious about, (as well as anything about your body that you love and want to focus on!) let’s chat about it before your session gets started so I can be aware of it as I shoot.
I don't know what to wear for the shoot. Can you help me with that?
Yes, I will work with you to make the shoot a successful one. I put together a detailed guide to grooming for both men and women - click here to see that. If you still have any questions you can always get in touch with me.
Can I change multiple outfits?
Of course! You can bring as many outfits as you’d like. If you’re unsure of what you want to wear, I can help you narrow down your choices.
Is there a limit to the number of poses?
There is not a limit on poses. I want you to have ample options when you pick out which images to print and use on your business profile or social media.
Is there a time limit for the session?
There's no time limit for the session however please let me know how long you can give for the session so that I can plan accordingly.
Do you retouch all the portraits?
Yes, I retouch to remove blemishes, dark circles (unless you want otherwise), but will still look like you.
I need photos to be of the size and resolution recommended by LinkedIn and Facebook. Can you do it?
Yes, of course! I won't charge you for that. I will give you each photo in LinkedIn and Facebook recommended size and resolution so that you can just upload them to your profile without having to crop or resize.
I need backdrop to be in a specific solid color. Can you do that?
Yes, let me know the specific shade backdrop you want and I will give you the photos with that specific color backdrop.
Can you change the backdrop as per my requirement?
Yes, I can. If you want the same photo with different backdrop colors in addition to the original, if you want the photos to be with any other backdrop color other than white/gray/black, you pay for those photos.
What are business headshot/portraits?
These are headshot/portraits shot outdoors with ambient backdrop. It could be your office, outdoors or just about any location you prefer to be your background. Check this gallery - a picture is worth a thousand words, right?
What are headshots?
Headshots are portraits shot at shoulder length - just below the shoulders.
How are headshots useful?
Headshots are preferred style of photos used for formal profile pictures as they highlight the person's face which is quite fit for the purpose. Check out this short and relevant blog post (just 1 minute read).
How do I know to choose between headshots and portraits?
You can go for one or two headshots and portraits each which you can use for different purposes. I recommend getting both done. Here's the gallery with a mix of headshots and portraits - browse through!
How does a portrait shoot work?
Here's how it works in a 4 stop process:
You book a session by paying an advance
I arrive at the shoot location at the appointed hour. A typical shoot needing 3 to 5 photos take around 1 to 1.5 hours (including the time to setup). If you need more photos, it might take longer. I keep showing you the photos as I shoot and making changes in lighting and posing as necessary
At the end of the shoot, I show you all the photos on my laptop and help you pick and choose the photos you like. Based on the number of photos you choose, you pay the balance amount (total payable - advance = the balance).
I edit and send you the photos you selected photos (and delete the rest), you seek any changes if necessary and give feedback of my work
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