The Perfected Headshot Process

The Perfected Headshot Process

You don’t need to recreate the wheel. We have it rolling at top speed for maximum efficiency. This is why you hire a professional to get the job done right – the first time.

The Perfected

Headshot Process

By korey howell photography

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STEP 1

Planning the shoot

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approval

We will ask you a few questions, understand your needs, and send you a quote for signed approval.

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your shoot

We will work together to set a date or dates. Please book a conference room (we just need an 8’x10’ space).

Our exclusive scheduling system

allows you to send a private link to your staff participating in picture day or book them yourself giving you real-time access to the list.

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Share “Picture day is Coming”
E-mail with your team

We have put together pro tips for preparing for picture day.

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STEP 2

Day of shoot

icon13 - The Perfected Headshot ProcessSet-up 30 minutes
prior to shoot time

We just need two tables, two chairs, and access to an electrical outlet.

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come in,
touch up

We will have a mirrored station for last-minute touch- ups.

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each person to get
the best shot

Our professional photographers put the Subject at ease and give instructions on posing.

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and selection

Each subject will see a full-size image and we’ll help them select the best one.

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The whole process takes about 10 minutes per subject.

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STEP 3

After the shoot

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retouching

Our in house retouchers eliminate stray hairs, blemishes, etc, so everyone looks like the best version of themselves.

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delivered

Your digital files will be placed on cloud storage 7 working days after the shoot. You own all the rights, go crazy.

On-site Portfolio

On-site Portfolio

Get a feel for how your team’s online images can be dramatically improved with proper lighting, background choice, style and cohesion. Our photographers work with your team to bring out their best.

Get a White Background

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Gray background

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Environmental

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Digital background added in post-production

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Blue background

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Group Composite (individual shots put together with Photoshop)

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Black background

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Printed background

8 Must-Ask Questions When Hiring Your Corporate Photographer

8 Must-Ask Questions When Hiring Your Corporate Photographer

Everyone has a headshot – or at least they should. (That said, we’ve all seen oddly-cropped blurry pictures on LinkedIn, unfortunately.)

To the naked eye, a headshot is a headshot is a headshot, right?

Absolutely not. Your headshot is the most important professional photo you’ll ever take. It provides a first impression for potential employers, represents your professionalism, and gives your company credibility through professional images of the leadership team.

Skimping here could have a material negative impact on your career trajectory. If you use a blurry, awkwardly-cropped photo on LinkedIn, you may not get called for an interview. Go cheap on your company’s executive headshots and risk sending the wrong message about your company.

To get headshots right, you must hire an experienced, professional photographer that focuses on corporate headshots. But finding the right photographer for headshots is not like hiring any other type of photographer.

You’re looking for a true professional – your image is literally on the line.

Don’t settle for the wrong photographer for this important job. When you interview photographers, ask these questions – and listen carefully to the answers – to ensure your headshots turn out great.

1. Are you a full-time professional photographer?

A side hustle is great, but it’s not what you need for your professional persona. If photography – specifically business headshots – is not the photographer’s main gig, take a pass. You’re looking for a team that creates professional corporate headshots, full-time.

2. Do you focus on business photography?

Ideally the photographer does zero of these: wedding photography, newborn sessions, family holiday card photos, Insta of lunch, school photos. Zero. Nada. These skills do not transfer to headshot photography.

Ask to see a portfolio of their headshot photography for corporate clients. You want to see 12 different company shoots that use a white background with studio lights, and 12 environmental shoots (outdoors or in the office). You don’t want to be anybody’s “practice” to get more experience. You want to benefit from the experience they already have.

3. How many headshots do you take in a month?

This is a follow-up to the previous question. The right professional headshot photographer does hundreds – yes, hundreds! – of headshots each month.

4. How will I review proofs?

It’s critical to see the photos real-time on a screen during the shoot. It’s not enough to squint at a tiny image on the camera. It’s not okay to wait days until you see and select the shots. A professional corporate photographer brings a computer to review shots of each subject in real time. They have done this before; they know that there is always that one executive who hates his nose or prefers his “good side.” Been there, done that. Avoid surprises by hiring a pro.

5. Do you retouch the photos?

Even perfect-looking people need photo retouching. A good headshot photographer will retouch images to remove stray hairs, eye circles, a blemish, a wrinkle or two. They’ll use subtle techniques to make your best features “pop” so your headshot makes a great impression.

6. Do you have a brick-and-mortar location?

If you hire a new executive or someone has to miss “picture day,” you need somewhere they can go to get their off-schedule photo taken. A studio is the best bet for getting consistent backgrounds, lighting and poses for a series of executive photos. You don’t have time to wait around while a photographer tries to set up in a remote location.

7. How long will it take to get the final headshots?

A professional headshot photographer gets it done; it should not take weeks for your photos to be “ready.” They have retouching processes in place and are ready to finalize your shots and deliver them within a few days, max. The days of waiting a month for a photo are (long) over. Everything is digital.

8. Will I have unlimited rights to use the images?

You should specifically have unlimited, unrestricted rights to use the photos, forever. You should never have to go back to the photographer to get the “original” image or to ask for permission to use it beyond social media or your website. By the same token, unless you’re a professional model, you don’t want to see your headshot on the photographer’s brochure.

Choosing the right photographer can change your life.

Not to be (too) dramatic, but whether you’re creating your own profile to find your dream job, or organizing a shoot for your company’s website, the image you portray sets the tone for what’s next. Want to be a CEO? Get a photo like a CEO has (rather than that shot from ten years ago). Want to grow your company? Set the tone with professional photos of the leadership team. Set the bar high. See yourself differently.

A professional corporate headshot photographer helps you put your best face forward. Don’t settle for less.

About Korey Howell Photography Group

Korey Howell Photography Group is a well-established corporate photography studio in Austin, Texas, known for providing a professional and personable headshot photography experience resulting in dynamic, flattering portraits. The Korey Howell Photography Group team’s state-of-the-art photography, editing, and retouching skills have delivered corporate and individual portraits to thousands of happy clients. They offer on-location shoots and sessions at their studio in northwest Austin. www.koreyhowellphotography.com