Headshot Session FAQ

Answers To The Most Common Questions

By Dennis Drenner on 9 Jan 2016
in Preparing for your shoot



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This posts answers all of the most common questions. If you still have questions after reading this, please shoot me a message at dennis@dennisdrenner.com.

What are your session fees?

Please scoot on over to my home page to see my latest session options and fees. These packages cover the most common situations, but if your case is unique please let me know and I'll happily work up a custom quote!

What's the difference between a studio and a location shoot?

For a studio shoot, you come to me. With a location shoot, I bring a portable studio to your location and set up in a conference room or other convenient spot. Location shoots are great for larger groups or busy folks who don't have the time to come to my location. Ideally, I like to have a space that is at least 10 feet by 10 feet to set up the portable studio, but I can cram into a tighter space if need be.

What to Wear

Wear solid or simple patterns, dark to mid-toned colors, avoiding bright whites and bold patterns. In your headshot we want the attention on your face, not on your clothing. Splashes of color (like a red shirt under a dark blazer) are good. Ideally, bring a few options-- different shirts, jackets, ties, jewelry, scarves.

Ideally, blouses for ladies should not too low cut or they could end up being cropped entirely out of the frame (and it will look like you are doing a naked headshot shoot!) We can also deal with this issue by using clips to hike the blouse up a bit closer to your neck.

Makeup and Grooming

I don't usually recommend makeup for men. It can help, but unless you're an actor or TV personality, the makeup is more likely to make you uncomfortable and isn't worth the trouble. Men should pay extra attention to grooming their facial hair. I can't give you a clean shave with Photoshop!

For women, keep the makeup simple and flat, but a bit heavier than usual is OK as the camera takes some off.

If you want to work with a professional makeup artist, please let me know and I'm happy to recommend some of my local favorites. For individual studio sessions, most folks will arrange to have their makeup done off-site just before the session. For larger groups, we will often arrange to have the makeup artist on location. You should double check price and details with the MUA, but it's usually around $125 per person.

Studio Location

The headshot studio is at Studiowerks at 415B Walker Ct SE, Washington, DC 20003.

Deposits and Payments

You can reserve your regular headshot appointment with a $100 Paypal or Venmo deposit to dennis@dennisdrenner.com. The remainder is due on or before your session, and can be paid via check, Paypal, Venmo, cash or even bitcoin!

After The Shoot

I shoot somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 images during a 60 minute session. After our shoot, I will narrow this down to 30-50 of the best images which I will put into an online gallery and deliver to you within two business days. At your convenience, let me know your favorite images for a retouch. Regular sessions include two retouches, monthly specials include one. In both cases, additional retouches are $25. I am usually able to get the retouched images back to you within two business days.

For more details post-shoot matters like downloading and retouching, please check out this post: http://www.districtportraits.com/blog/blog-post/after-the-shoot/

So I Get All The Pictures?

Yes. You can download and keep all the photos in my final edit of approximately 30-50 photos and do what you want with them.

A Note On Cropping

I usually crop into the top of the head a bit when shooting horizontals, which is what I usually shoot these days. It just looks better and makes a stronger composition. If you think this is not normal, here's the website for the most famous headshot photographer in the country: https://peterhurley.com/ (every brain lobotomized!) If for some reason this doesn't appeal to you, please let me know BEFORE THE SHOOT.


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