From Soup to Nuts: the Chickpea Individual Headshot Process

From Soup to Nuts: the Chickpea Individual Headshot Process

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Ever wonder what a headshot session at Chickpea is like? Here’s your chance to get a peek at the headshot process and to know what to expect from one of our sessions!

 

Decide which headshot session best fits your needs

The One Look is a quick 15-minute session in our East Bay studio—perfect for when you’re short on time and need only one image.

Our most popular session is the Multiple Looks. This is a 30-minute session that includes both time shooting in-studio and time shooting outside.

 

Book your session

Booking is quick and easy with our online booking calendar, or you can call and one of my assistants will help get you set up and scheduled. Appointments can be scheduled as soon as 12 hours in advance, depending on availability.

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Get all the info you need

After your booking is confirmed, you’ll receive an email confirmation that includes directions to our studio, tips on what to wear and how to prepare, as well as a review of the different digital image packages we offer. You will also receive appointment reminder emails 72 hours and 24 hours before your session.

Want to talk about your session?

We offer optional 15-minute phone consultations to answer any questions or help you decide what to wear. Just shoot us an email to request one!

The day of your headshot session

Show up to the studio with your hair and makeup done and bring a couple of different outfits. We’ll spend a few minutes discussing your goals for the images, reviewing the outfits you’ve chosen, and determining the best backgrounds for the look you’re after.

The fun begins!

I try to keep my sessions relaxed, informal, and conversational. We chat about your job, family, kids, pets, what you do for fun, and occasionally even politics! I’ll provide plenty of coaching on how to place your body, shoulders, hands, and face to make sure you look your best. Hopefully, I’ll even get you to laugh once or twice! And while you may not choose the image of you laughing, often the photo right after is a winner because you’re relaxed and have a genuine smile.

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For in-studio portraits, we will select a background, get the lighting just right, and shoot for 10 minutes or so with different expressions and angles.

For outside shots, depending on the time of day and lighting, we will shoot for another 10 minutes in two or three different locations for a variety of looks.

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Choose your favorites

After we’re done, we’ll review the unedited images on a laptop or iPad where you will make your final selections. When you’ve narrowed it down to your favorite images, you will select the digital image package you want and let me know if you want retouching on any of your images.

Post-processing and retouching

I edit your image selections for color tone, exposure, etc. and crop to a neutral size suitable for many applications. Edited images are available the next business day and will be provided via an online gallery for viewing and download.

Any images for which you request retouching are sent out to my professional retoucher with instructions and are generally ready in two to three days. Retouching can consist of removing glare from glasses, smoothing flyaway hairs, softening facial highlights, or other adjustments.

At the end of this headshot session, you’ll have images you can be proud of and show off to the world!

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Everything You Need to Know to Prepare for Your Headshot Session

Everything You Need to Know to Prepare for Your Headshot Session

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You’ve taken the leap and booked your headshot session! You want to create professional images that reflect your skills, intelligence, and personal brand. But how do you prepare?

Don’t worry! I’ve put together this quick guide to help you feel ready to go on the day of your session!

What should I wear?

Clothing is a way to express yourself, and it’s important that the outfit you choose for your headshots matches your personality and conveys the message you want about your business and yourself.

That said, the simpler and more neutral the clothing, the better. Go for solid colors and avoid neons and busy patterns. Be sure to iron all your clothes before the shoot so they don’t appear wrinkled in your photos. And when it comes to shoes, remember that no one will see your feet in a headshot, so wear something comfortable!

Bring a few different outfits to choose from, and I’ll help you decide on the best one for your images! The most important thing is that you’re comfortable because if you’re not, it will show in your photos.

Should I do my own hair and makeup or hire a professional?

Whether you hire a makeup artist or hair stylist is completely up to you! Some people do so because they want to look their best, while others feel comfortable handling their appearance on their own. If you don’t often wear much makeup or don’t like the way your makeup has appeared in photos, definitely consider hiring a professional to do it for you.

The most important thing is that your headshots look like you, so make sure to do your hair and makeup in a way that is normal for you. After all, you want people to recognize you from your photo!

Should I get a haircut before my headshot session?

If you do choose to get a haircut, schedule it at least a week before your session. We’ve all had bad haircuts, and you want to give your hair time to grow out, just in case it’s too short for your liking.

How do I pose?

Posing is something you definitely don’t have to worry about! It doesn’t matter if you’ve been in thousands of photos or you avoid the camera like the plague—I’m here to help you feel relaxed and have fun. I’ll coach you into a variety of poses and expressions and shoot photos from different angles to make sure we have a lot of great images and options for you to choose from. And I’ll never just put you in front of the camera and expect you to figure it out; there will always be plenty of clear direction!

I don’t like the way I look in photos. What can I do to change that?

Many people feel that they’re not photogenic, and most of the time that’s because they’ve only had photos taken by friends and family, not a professional.  As a professional photographer, I’m an expert in lighting, angles, and post-production, so I know how to create photos that you will love! Learn why professional beats DIY when it comes to your headshot.

Should I have headshots taken in a studio or outside?

Both are great options, and fortunately for you, we’ll do both at your session! Studio light and backdrops offer better control of the images, while natural light can give your photos a fresh, clean feel. I’ll photograph you in both settings, giving you more options to choose from!

These are some of the most common questions I hear when it comes to headshot sessions. If you have more questions, feel free to get in touch! I’d love to chat with you!

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6 Tips to Get the Most for Your Money with Your Professional Headshots

6 Tips to Get the Most for Your Money with Your Professional Headshots

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Professional headshots are worth it.

Professional headshots are definitely an investment, both financially and for your professional career, but they’re well worth it! A high-quality headshot can help you make a great first impression, whether you’re applying for a job or promoting your own business. Here are a few ways to get the most out of your professional headshots.

Use a variety of expressions. 

Every single shot you take doesn’t have to be a deadly serious expression. Of course, you want to look professional, but that doesn’t mean you can’t crack a smile or even laugh now and then. And definitely don’t use the same forced smile for every image. The more variety you have in your expressions, the more choices you’ll have later. A more serious headshot may be suitable for a job application, while an image that’s a little more casual may look better for social media or your blog.

Keep it simple.

When it comes to background, you want something that will help you stand out but won’t draw attention away from the main focus of the photo: you. Talk to your photographer about the kind of backgrounds you think would suit your needs, and they can suggest the perfect locations or in-studio backdrops to get the look you’re going for.

Consider getting help from the pros.

Hair and makeup for photos may be different from what you may do in your daily routine. If you don’t wear makeup often or are unsure what to do, it’s a great idea to get both your hair and makeup professionally done before your shoot, so you know you’ll look your best.

And guys, this advice goes for you too—consider stopping into the barbershop before your photos so your hair is looking sharp!

Choose the right outfit.

No matter what your line of work, your clothing will be front and center in your headshots and will probably be the first thing people notice when they look at your images. Avoid any patterns or graphics that can be distracting and stick to solid, neutral colors. Ladies, try to avoid statement necklaces or any large pieces of jewelry that will draw attention away from your face.

Turn up the tunes.

One of the main things that keeps people from getting professional headshots is nerves. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “I’m just not photogenic” or “I don’t feel comfortable in front of the camera.” Have no fear! It’s your photographer’s job to help you feel at ease, and one way to do that is to play some of your favorite music. Create a playlist of songs that help you relax—or songs that get you pumped up. Whatever works for you!

Know your target audience.

Before you go in to your photo session, do some research on what type of headshots fit well with your business or industry. Look at the websites of companies you’d like to work for and study the photos of their employees. And if you’re starting your own business, search for similar companies to give you an idea of what sort of tone to strike. If you’re unsure, err on the conservative side.

The more effort and thought you put into your images, the more you’ll get out of them. After all, your professional headshots are an investment in your professional future!

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What to Wear for Your Professional Headshots

What to Wear for Your Professional Headshots

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Looking good in your professional headshots.

Professional headshots are all about communicating with your audience. It is essential that your look matches what you want your image to convey.

I suggest looking professional yet approachable, as well as trustworthy and intelligent. That may seem like a lot to fit into one photo, but a big part of your headshot is the wardrobe. Take a few minutes to think about all of the things that make up your personal brand and what you want others to take away from a glance at your profile.

Keep your colors calm.

That means no neon or blindingly bright colors and especially no busy patterns. These distract from your face, which is the main focus of the photo.

Instead, opt for solid, neutral colors and jewel tones, which flatter almost any complexion. Avoid flesh tones like beige or tan and keep away from dark black or bright white. If you’re looking for a neutral color, go with navy, burgundy, gray or forest green. A great way to choose your outfit color is to find a top that matches the color of your eyes and build the rest of your outfit from there.

Go for classic, instead of trendy.

For the guys, I suggest you think classic. Pick your favorite suit that fits well and doesn’t bunch up when you button it or when you sit down. Stay away from jackets with tight grids or small herringbone patterns as they can have a moiré pattern effect on camera. Ties look best when their tone lands between the suit and the shirt, so a light shirt, a dark suit, and a tie in a shade somewhere between them. Some ties are too shiny—try to stay away from really reflective, shiny, silk ties.

If you don’t wear a tie, choose a non-white shirt if possible. White shirts without a jacket and tie to break them up can lose detail in the color and folds. And if you wear a button-down shirt, it’s best to wear a jacket or sweater of some kind to layer the look. If not, choose a darker color shirt or something with pockets or details to avoid it looking like a head floating on a blank, boxy shirt, and unbutton a button or two. And make sure we can’t see your undershirt beneath the button-down shirt: wear a v-neck or no undershirt at all.

For the ladies, I recommend much the same in keeping it classic. Choose a professional suit or business-oriented outfit that is timeless: you shouldn’t be able to tell what decade it is in the photo.

Keep it conservative.

Try not to wear stark white unless it’s under something, such as a suit jacket, cardigan, or sweater. V-necks accentuate the neckline and generally look best on women. Just don’t choose something with too low of a neckline, as too much cleavage may also be distracting from the look you are going for. And no turtlenecks—they tend to make people look like they have no neck at all in photos.

Try to stay away from short sleeves or tank tops: executive headshots tend to look better without bare arms, but if you’d like to try showing arms in a sleeveless blouse or shift dress, we could make it work. Just bring a blazer or sweater to put over it as an additional option.

Avoid flashy jewelry.

If you’re going to wear earrings or a necklace, keep it simple. Go for small hoops or studs, and avoid loud, colorful pieces that will distract from the rest of your outfit. Statement necklaces may seem fun, but they can easily draw all the focus in an image.

Make sure you’re comfortable.

It’s essential that you feel at ease in whatever outfit you choose because if you’re uncomfortable, it will definitely show in your photos. If you buy a new outfit for your session, be sure to try it on and wear it around a bit beforehand to make sure you feel comfortable in it. Your clothing reflects who you are, so don’t wear something that feels completely unnatural and unlike your everyday work wardrobe.

Don’t wear your outfit to your session.

You don’t want your chosen blouse or shirt getting wrinkled by your car seatbelt. Wear some comfortable clothes to your session and bring your outfit in a garment bag or on hangers to avoid any unexpected wrinkles or stains before the session.

Wear casual shoes.

The best thing about professional headshots is that you don’t have to create a full outfit. In fact, your shoes don’t even have to match the rest of your look! Just choose shoes that you feel comfortable in since they won’t appear in your images.

Putting together an outfit for your professional headshots may seem a little overwhelming at first, but just think about how you want to present yourself to the world. You do this every day in your choice of clothes for work, so put the same thought into your outfit for your session!

 

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5 Reasons Why You Need Professional Headshots

5 Reasons Why You Need Professional Headshots

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Between TV and movies, the internet, and social media like Instagram and Snapchat, we live in an incredibly visual world. Images are an essential part of both our personal and professional lives, especially if you’re trying to create branding for your career or your own business.

That’s why professional headshots are so important. Whether it’s creating a strong avatar for your social media profiles or putting a face to your name for potential clients or employers, a headshot can give you the extra push you need to score that job or secure that client for your business.

You want to look professional with that headshot.

The saying “You only get one chance at a first impression” is famous for a reason—it’s absolutely true! And no matter how experienced or qualified you are for a position, if you don’t appear professional, your chances of getting your dream job automatically decrease.

If you’re trying to promote your own business, a professional headshot can keep people on your site long enough to make a purchase or sign up for your services. When it comes to your website, you have a very limited amount of time to make a strong enough first impression to intrigue potential clients, so you have to impress!

You’ll use it EVERYWHERE.

Think you don’t have use for a headshot? Think again. If you’re promoting your own business, you’ll need a headshot for every place you post content or information online. That includes Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media, as well as your own website and blog and any sites where you contribute as a guest. People want to put a face to a name, and if you’re promoting yourself or your company, you want that face to look professional and skilled in your field.

You want to tell a story.

Whether you’re looking for the perfect position or seeking clients for your business, your headshot is the quickest way to tell the story of who you are and what you can do. A professional photographer can help your expertise and personality shine through your images. They’ll also help you choose a location that suits your field and the look you desire for your personal brand.

You want to make a strong introduction.

Any potential employer or client will check you out online before contacting you, so you want to represent yourself as intelligent, dedicated, and skilled. But you also want to be approachable, so it’s important to give prospects an idea of your personality and make sure you’re more than just a name in their eyes.

A professional headshot can help you do all these things and will serve as your introduction to everyone in your field, from potential clients to business partners to employers. To keep that introduction positive, you need a headshot that shows off how polished and professional you are. If you go with a selfie or a blurry cropped group photo, what impression does that give? If you don’t care about the impression you create, why would other people care about working with you?

You care about investing in your future.

Professional headshots are a financial investment, but they’re also an advancement in your career or business. Not only do they make you look good to prospects, but a high-quality headshot can also give you confidence in your own abilities. Prospects will see you as strong and well put-together, and you can start to see yourself that way as well!

When it comes to furthering your career or promoting your business, professional headshots are definitely worth the cost! They offer a major return on your investment by helping you to get clients, land your dream job, or find new professional opportunities.

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