Top Questions You Should Be Asking Your Headshot Photographer...

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The success of your headshot photography session depends on two things, how prepared and experienced your chosen photographer is, and how prepared are you for the photo shoot.

Hi, I’m James from PIC852 Photography, a photography business based in North London specialising in headshot and portrait photography. This blog is to get you to think of questions you may like to ask your headshot photographer before booking your headshot session.

It may be that this is your first photoshoot with a headshot photographer, or that it has been a while since your last

photoshoot. It could also be that you have had to change your photographer for some reason. So to get an idea of what is to be expected pre and during the photo shoot is a wise move.

This can be done by either looking online at tips to prepare for a headshot photoshoot (where there is plenty of information you shall find) or by asking your photographer for any tips on preparing for your shoot. The latter is always a good idea as your photographer's shooting style may not always match the information you have found online.

So we have decided to give you some key questions you should ask your photographer to get the most out of your shoot.

"There are two people in every picture. The photographer and the viewer" – Ansel Adams Photographer (1902 - 1984)

How will we use the booking time for our photoshoot?

This question shall allow you to get an understanding of how your photographer plans to use the time. For example, if you have a 1-hour photoshoot booked your photographer may plan to divide the time depending on how many backdrops are to be used (if in a studio), how many changes of outfit will be shot, etc.

By first clarifying what is to be expected you can better plan your shoot before the arrival of your session, allowing you to be more relaxed and prepared.

How many photos will I get?

Some photographers will have a fixed limit as to how many photos you will get at the end of your photo shoot, with any additional photos charged per photo. Others will charge you a flat fee for the shoot and then have you pay for each shot you would like to take. The reality is that various photographers price their sessions in very different ways from each other, so it is always a good idea to clarify exactly what it is you are purchasing before confirming your booking.

[At PIC852 Photography we give you all images taken during the session delivered within 48 hours, and only charge for the time we are shooting. We also give a certain amount of retouched images with each package booked with the option to purchase additional retouches if desired. ]

How will my images be delivered?

Whilst some photographers provide printed photographs, many will provide you with digital images which you gave get printed at a printer of your choice. Ask your photographer if they can provide printed photographs if you need them, and also ask how and when they shall deliver your photos. No good paying for a shoot needing your headshots returned in a few days when your photographer may have a policy of returning photos on a week or even longer!

Is there any advice you could recommend in preparing for the photoshoot?

Again this question will help you understand what the photographer is expecting of you. Also, it may be a chance to learn something new. For example, advice was given to drink lots of water a day or two before the shoot may help to purify your skin, get a good amount of sleep the night before, or wear clothes that are coloured to suit your skin complexion and the photo backdrops.

Advice to arrive 15 minutes early to have a pre-chat about what it is you wish to get out of the photo shoot will not eat into your shooting time and allow the session to run more smoothly.

Are you able to resize my photos depending on the media platform I wish to use them on?

As we all know social media is one of the main ways we now introduce ourselves to potential clients, employers, friends etc. So to find out that half of your head is cropped unfavourably due to the fact the social media platform you uploaded doesn’t accept your photo dimensions can be frustrating.

Ask your photographer is they can change the photo dimensions to suit the media platform you which to upload to. For example, LinkedIn prefers your profile photos to have a 400 x 400 pixel dimension. Instagram idea six for a square post is 1080 x 1080 pixel dimensions.


Of course, there are many other questions that you could ask your photographer to better prepare for your photoshoot, but we will leave it there for now. The above few questions are to give you an idea of different types of questions to ask, and that many people forget to ask or maybe do not even think of asking.

We hope you have found these tips useful. If you have any further questions you would like to ask us regarding preparing for a photo shoot, or would like to know more information as to how we expect you to prepare for a headshot photoshoot with us, please contact us directly or drop a comment below and we will aim to get back to you soon.

If you are an actor/actress, musician, corporate team member, or somebody in need of high-quality headshot photos for your profile, then hit the button below to book your session!


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