Pixil Studio Headshot Information and Common Questions and Answers

Having a great professional headshots is a crucial part of how we connect with others today. Make a great first impression!

How Does This Work?

First decide If you want an in-studio or on-location shoot.
In-studio shoots can be done at any hour regardless of weather. They are usually quicker, easier and often all you need and for these reasons they cost less -starting at $125. At the studio, we most often use 3 backdrops.
The white backdrop is best for social media, power points, email footers and has a nice clean modern feel.
The grey backdrop is the most traditional looking and often preferred by finance and lawyers.
The black backdrop has a more dramatic feel to it and is often chosen by realtors and architects.

On-location shoots have a little more natural feel and allow you too loosen up the look. They are a bit longer and include outfit changes and scheduling is determined by time of day at a particular location. For these reasons they cost more than studio shoots staring at $200. For locations I recommend Cheesman Park, Union Station & LODO, Rino art district or a location of your choice .

What to expect after the shoot. At Pixil Studio we do something that most photographers don’t, we give you all images from the shoot. Why? Well, why not. They are more useful to you than us. We will collect all the keepers and discard the blinkers and bad expression. We will do a basic RAW processing, contrast, crop and color correction on all your images. We will then “Dropbox” your images to you in 4k resolution and royalty free (meaning you will have full rights to both digital and print reproduction). At this point, you can select the images you would like for a final retouch if necessary as included in the shoot.

What Should I Wear for the Business Headshot?

Most importantly, please make sure whatever you choose to wear fits and is recently cleaned or ironed. I can't tell you how many times someone has shown up and pulled that suit or dress out of the closet for the first time in months or even years and it doesn't fit, stained, and or wrinkled. Please try on the clothes before hand and make sure everything fits and looks good. Another common mistake is bringing the same exact piece of clothing but in different colors, often times these will read the same to the viewer. If you are going to do multiple looks, bring different styles of clothing instead.
In general, avoid overly patterned, shiny or textured fabrics and form fitting attire works better than wardrobe that is more flowing.
For men I recommend bringing a jacket, the rest is industry specific. These days ties are mostly for lawyers and finance. You can always bring a tie and deside once you are here or try with and without.
For Women I recommend clothing with a little structure and a collar. Again, stay away from heavy patterns, animal prints and florals, they can be distracting from your face. Also, keep jewelry simple and be aware that long necklaces will often be cut off in the final picture.

What Should I Wear for the Modeling or Actor Headshots?

Casting directors want to get a sense of your body type. For both men and women it’s best to keep it simple when choosing clothes. Don’t let yourself get too consumed by it. Suits and other more specific looks can be explored if needed but beyond that, this is about selling you, not so much about what it is you are wearing. Whatever you decide to bring along, make sure it’s stuff you look in the mirror and feel great in!
Men – If this is your first shoot or beginning of a portofolio, solid white and or black shirt is a necessity. Beyond that its good to bring button down shirts and or a jacket to layer with, Leather jackets shoot particularly well.
Women – Avoid overly patterned or textured fabrics. Plain white and or black tops are recommended. T-shirts, tanks, or camisoles are all great. Jacket, and especially Leather jackets shoot particularly well.

What About Makeup?

The DIY option

Women – Don’t over do it! Crazy colors, or shimmers can be very distracting; your regular base with every day mascara, shadow, blush and lips should do it. Do not use make up with shimmer, glitter, pearl or anything reflective this will often read as sweat in photos. Also, make sure to avoid using base or powder with any UV/SPF protection or titanium dioxide as this reflects light and causes highlights on your face. “Photoready” base and powder like “Revlon’s PhotoReady™” powder is good and affordable. MAC products are also recommended. If you do not use a makeup artist then go to a MAC Cosmetics or another store and ask a makeup artist there what they recommend for flash photography and natural light situations.

Men – Makeup is generally not needed, however If you have experience with it your welcome to it.

Want to hire a pro? No problem!

Pixil Studio is proud to offer hair and make up services by Danica Jardien.
Danica’s work and experience includes political figures including Barack Obama, athletes like Carmelo Anthony to models like Tyra Banks. Her approach to makeup: “All beauty is a form of art to me, whether it is beauty from nature or from within. I take that inspiration and create a look that is suitable for that individual.”
For more information and/or to book an appointment please contact Danica at 720.939.3650 and her website at www.danicaseverance.com

I’m Ready to Take the Next Step… What Now?

Great! When you are ready to book your appointment please contact us at Bryan@pixilstudio.com or give us a call 720 201 6998. In-Studio shoots can be scheduled between 8am and 8pm. Outside shoots can be scheduled anytime during the day, with the best light being in the “Golden hour” which is 1 hour before sunset. Please come with hair and makeup done and ready to shoot. Also, feel free to go through my galleries or other sources of inspiration for the shoot.