Photo Shoot FAQS-from a top san francisco corporate headshot event and branding photographer and videographer
So, you’ve found your way to my site. Maybe you learned something cool while you were here. You’re interested in booking a photoshoot. But what happens during one? Not to mention before and after? This week’s post is a little primer on how the process works for you, and answers the top eleven (yes, you get a bonus question!) frequently asked questions about how a photoshoot actually works.
How do I book a shoot?
It’s easy! You can email me, or you can call to reserve a date and chat about your shoot. I’ll send you over an estimate and an agreement for your approval. Once a retainer and signed paperwork comes through, the date is officially yours! You can pay by cheque, credit card or direct bank transfer. Full payment is due at the end of your shoot. (Please note that no post-production work can commence until final payment is received.)
What is a portrait session like?
My team and I will come to your office and load in our lighting and backgrounds, roughly 1.5-2 hours before the first person is to be photographed. Upon each person's arrival to the set, my team and I will go over your team's vision, then start in on photography—we’ll capture as many images as you desire, then immediately make selections for post production. Check out my portfolio here.
How long will a photoshoot take?
The minimum time I require for an event photoshoot is three hours. I'll arrive 15 minutes prior to my scheduled shoot time to set up my equipment and check in with you, then 45 minutes prior to doors opening I'll photograph decor and ambiance. After that, I’ll cover the big event following your timeline and capturing all important people.
How much post-production do you do on headshots vs. events?
I provide three levels of post-production. Level 1 is included for all shoots, and involves correcting white balance, brightness and contrast, saturation adjustments, and minor touch-ups like skin blemishes, lint on clothing, or tiny hair fly-aways. Levels 2 and 3 are more complex and intensive, and include alterations like teeth whitening, wrinkle reduction and some figure alterations. All post-production for events is global across images and includes white balance, brightness, contrast, saturation and noise reduction. Each image will be adjusted individually but this does not include touch-ups similar to what I do for headshots.
How long until I get my photos?
Not that long! Post-production typically takes 15 business days. I can shorten this if you really need the process rushed. Once I’m done you’ll receive an email from which you can download all your images.
Do you travel for shoots?
Absolutely! I mainly travel within the San Francisco Bay area, as well as the United States more generally.
How much room do I need to have a studio set up at my office?
I require a minimum of 10’ ceilings and a room of 15’ by 15’ without any furniture that can’t be moved.
What if I don’t have space at my office for a shoot?
No problem! I have a studio in San Francisco with free street parking. Plus, it’s accessible by BART and MUNI.
What about team photos?
You got it, let’s photograph your whole team! Just let me know how many people that is. Team photos are a piece of cake.
What about hair and makeup?
One of my fabulous lighting and digital assistants will be on call to help with any fly-aways, shine, or de-linting. But! They are not professional hair or makeup artists. But I’m happy to recommend some wonderful people who can visit the set for that.
But what if I don’t like having my picture taken?
Not to worry. I make the whole process easy, comfortable and fun, even for the camera-shy. I've been photographing portraits professionally for 17 years and I can connect with everyone in the company from the CEO to the engineer on their first day.
If you’d like to book a photoshoot with San Francisco’s top Corporate Headshot and Event photographer, contact me today for a quote and a list of locations that’ll make the shoot a success!