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Headshots in Rochester NY

Headshots

Headshots Rochester NY
Make a strong impression with a proper headshot

Lots of people in Rochester need great headshots. Professionals looking for sharp images for their online profiles, or actors putting together their resumes. Your face is the cover by which your book is judged. Hundreds of people around town have come to me to help them with their self promotion. However, photography gets a bad rap, and many people fear getting their photo taken almost as much as (more than?!) going to the dentist.

Well, then I guess I am the best dentist with the softest drill (I’m not sure about that analogy either, but go with me). What I am trying to say is that you have nothing to fear. I’ll take your headshot, portrait, professional picture, whatever you want to call it. But whatever you call it, you’ll love it.

What’s more, I can shoot action pictures of executives and employees in the workplace as well as group pictures on location. I work across Western and Central NY including Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, and the Finger Lakes. It is important for your company’s public presentation to have a consistent, professional look. My location sessions are designed to get you photographed and back to work in a timely manner, respecting your busy workday. If your firm has an ongoing need for updated executive/partner headshots or has a need for a large number of portraits, I can prepare a detailed written proposal and quote.

Sessions in my studio start at $250. See below for a full price list. Ready to have your picture taken? Great! Contact me, and let me know what you need.

Getting Ready for your Headshots

Professional headshots Rochester
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Hey, this is Photo City. So, Rochester headshots have to look their best! Following a few basic principles will make sure that you’re ready for your headshots.

Firstly, be good to yourself. I know you’ve got a really busy schedule and it is hard to juggle everything. However, the better your sleep and hydration the better your skin, eyes, and hair will look on the day. With that in mind, be sure to drink plenty of water in the days running up to your headshots and get a good night’s sleep.

Next, choose your outfits in advance. While your final choice may depend on if you’re a business professional or an actor, there are some fundamental considerations that everyone should bear in mind. For example, get out that lint roller and iron. The camera will pick up more than you think. So, make sure that your outfit(s) is clean, pressed and ready to be scrutinized by the lens!

Lastly, and on that note, consider your hair and make-up. Remember that the camera is sensitive, so a little can go a long way. Men and women, both, can benefit from a light application of correcting fluids and bases to even out skin tone and smooth over blemishes. From a natural-looking starting point, add touches here and there that reflect your personal style. If you tend not to wear make-up, keep it subtle; if you’re a full-face glamazon, keep in mind that strong looks will translate as very bold on camera and may overwhelm your face. A good rule of thumb is knowing what your shoot is for, if it is for business purposes, err on the side of toned-down. Preparing for your Rochester headshots and want a little more guidance? Read on for more FAQs.

Rochester Headshots FAQ

Where does the shoot take place?

The majority of sessions take place in my office located in the Sibley Building in downtown Rochester. If your needs require something specific, I am available to go on location. In some cases, I can also add backgrounds digitally, giving you plenty of options.

What do I wear for my session?

You should bring plenty of options to the shoot, I’ll go over your choices with you when you arrive. Always bring clothes that match your style and personality. However, avoid clothes with busy patterns. Solid colors are best. Choose colors that complement your natural coloring so that your face, not your shirt, will stand out in the images. Make sure that your clothes are clean and neatly pressed. The camera picks up a lot more detail than you think. Standard retouching does not include fixing the wrinkles in your clothes. Make sure to dress comfortable, stay away from clothes that are too tight or uncomfortable. Finally, be rested and drink plenty of water the day before your shoot, it is amazing for your skin.

What about hair and makeup?

Hair and makeup is not included in the session fee. Most of the time men can get by without using professional hair and makeup, but a little powder or foundation can help even out skin tones and to keep the face from looking shiny. You can pick up a powder in your color at any department store or beauty supply store. It’s best to go where you can get professional help picking the right color. For women I recommend professional makeup, unless you don’t wear makeup (in that case, follow the tips for men above). A professional makeup artist knows how to make you look your best for the camera. You can bring your own makeup artist to the shoot, or I can provide you with a list. My office is open for you to have your hair and makeup done before your session, just make sure to let me know when you schedule your appointment.

How long does it take to get my images?

For most headshot sessions my turnaround time is three business days to post your gallery of images. Once you make your retouching selections it is typically another five business days before your final, edited images are delivered to you. If you have a deadline and need something even faster, be sure to let me know when you book.

How much retouching do you do?

Your images will be pretty good straight out of camera. I use flattering lighting and posing techniques to make you look your best. Before I deliver the images to you I sort through and toss any of the blinky or blurry ones, color-correct and crop them. You can order images to be digitally retouched as an add on to your session. Each image you order is then given the highest level of attention to reduce and remove wrinkles and blemishes as well as stray hairs and dark circles. The key is to enhance the image without making you look fake. For more on our retouching process you can read this post on our blog.

Prices for Rochester Headshots

Studio Business, Executive and Actor Sessions

Studio sessions for business and acting professionals are designed to give you the flexibility to get exactly what you need. All sessions include at least 1 retouched image, additional images are available for purchase.

Basic

$250

UP TO 30 MINUTE STUDIO SESSION FOR ONE PERSON
2 OUTFITS
waist up looks for your portfolio
1 retouched image
View Your Images during the session
UPGRADE TO ON-LOCATION FOR $199

Plus

$399

UP TO 1 hour STUDIO SESSION FOR ONE PERSON
4 OUTFITS
Full length and 3/4 looks
2 RETOUCHED IMAGEs
VIEW YOUR IMAGES DURING THE SESSION
UPGRADE TO ON-LOCATION FOR $199

Image Purchase Options

Which option you choose is going to depend on what you need. Not sure what you need? I can walk you through the process.

$149

Full Image Gallery (Medium Res)

Full gallery of online resolution images that are not retouched.

$249

Full Image Gallery (High Res)

Full gallery of print quality images that are not retouched.

$50

1-4 Retouched Images

Retouching is used to enhance the image without making you look fake.

$225

5 Retouched Images

Retouching is used to enhance the image without making you look fake.

Team Headshot Options

Team headshot sessions can take place on-location at your office or another location of your choice. All employees should be photographed on the same day. For teams working remotely, new hires, or small teams, my downtown Rochester headshot studio is available for sessions. 

$125

4-9 People

Recommended that you set aside an hour for shooting time. Available in my studio or on location at your office.

$110

10-19 People

Recommended that you set aside one and a half hours for shooting time. Available in my studio or on location at your office.

$95

20-25 People

Recommended that you set aside two and a half hours for shooting time. Available in my studio or on location at your office.

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25+ People

Larger groups will receive higher volume pricing. Ask me for details.

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New Hire Sessions

Ask about reoccurring sessions for new hires.

Upgrade individual sessions to on location for $199

All pricing subject to change.


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