San Antonio Headshot Photographer
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San Antonio Headshot Photographer

Are you looking for great headshots in San Antonio?

If you are looking for professional photos for your business or corporate headshots for your LinkedIn profile, my studio in Bulverde, Texas is here to help!

Where is my studio located?

The studio is located just a few miles outside of the city. My home studio is sandwiched between Highway 281 and FM 1863, but if you are traveling from Boerne you can easily use Highway 46 to Highway 281 to get here. My home studio is located in the Copper Canyon subdivision and our house is easily identifiable because we are the only house on our street with a flagpole (we are proud Americans with family members that have served our country so we proudly display our country's flag). For best directions to my home studio, check out Google Maps here.

Whether you are located in Stone Oak, Castle Hills, North Central San Antonio, Timberwood Park, Garden Ridge, Canyon Lake, Boerne, Fair Oaks Ranch, New Braunfels, Selma, Alamo Heights, Cibolo, San Marcos, Live Oak, Schertz, or Blanco a visit to my studio for your headshot will be worth the time invested as well as your financial investment.

I also offer onsite headshots and team photos. We can create anything from professional posed headshots to engaging candid shots that tell your brand's story. Contact me so we can discuss exactly what you and your business needs.

You might be wondering 'How much are headshots going to cost?' or 'Are professional headshots really worth it?'

In San Antonio headshots and professional portraits can range anywhere from $150 to over $2000 depending on all of the services that are booked for shoot. At my studio headshots start at $200. This includes your 15-20 minute sitting, 1-3 outfit changes if you wish, multiple backdrop changes in your session, and one high resolution digital image with retouching delivered via download. Additional images are available for purchase at only $100 each and can be purchased after you have viewed your proofs. Your $200 fee is due upon booking to hold your appointment date and time.

If you are wondering if a good headshot is worth the expense or if you should just have a friend do a headshot for you with their cell phone for free, I'd have to say you can't put a price on a first impression and that is precisely what a great professional headshot does for you. The Wall Street Journal published a new article in August of 2022 saying that not only is a headshot important but says that bios on LinkedIn "get 21 times more views than those without, and users receive nine times more connection requests when they include pictures of themselves." You can read more from that article here.

Why do headshots cost so much?

As a professional business that specializes in delivering high end and quality headshots, there is a lot of training that goes into creating a headshot that is dynamic and helps you look your best. My goal is to help coach you to look natural, approachable, confident, smart, and help give you the best first impression possible. I do this through posing that flatters your body type, face shape, and specific features that you want to either emphasize or diminish. Creating a great headshot requires more than just a simple smile for your photos Depending on your industry and the jobs you are trying to apply for or the people you are trying to interact with over different platforms, a smile might not always be the best option for a headshot. When I take your photos, we go through a variety of expressions to give you options that will best suit your needs.

I also hire a top quality retoucher to edit your chosen images. My retoucher has been a high end beauty editor working for some of the biggest names in the industry. She has edited for major campaigns, editorials, and magazines. She gives you a natural look by not over editing your skin and leaving things that are personal to you, but reducing things like fine lines that you might want not want to highlight. She also is a master at making your clothing look amazing. You don't have to worry if there a few wrinkles you couldn't get out with your iron or if your suit jacket is too large. Suits look custom tailored to fit you with the way you edits your photographs. Retouching at her level is not offered by nearly any other portrait photographer. Her work is typically reserved for high end commercial clients. I would encourage you to look at any other local photographer in the San Antonio area and you won't see anyone with retouching on the same level.

What should you wear for headshots?

Not all clients have to be in a custom expensive suit to look great for their headshots, but there are a few basic guidelines that will help you look your best for your photos. A good rule of thumb is to consider that the way you present yourself should be similar to what you would look like for a job interview or meeting prospective clients for the first time. This is your first impression. My top 6 tips for what to wear for your headshots are listed here:

First, avoid heavy patterns or prints! These can be distracting and can easily look dated in the future. Prints often make people appear larger and that isn't something that most people want in their photo. In fact, I'm not sure I could recall any time that someone has wanted something to make them look heavier. So skip the bold prints and go for subtle solids.

Second, don't wear logos, pictures, or shirts with clever sayings in your photos. Simple is best. If you are unsure if a small logo embroidered on a pocket or something would be distracting, just ask. I offer all clients wardrobe feedback before your session.

Third, keep necklines and sleeve lengths in mind. Sleeveless is often not a great option for professionals such as real estate agents or lawyers, but if you are looking for a modeling or acting headshot it could be something you would want in your portfolio. This is something that will be different for each industry. I've worked with many different clients needing headshots from actors and models to CEOs, bankers, real estate agents, lawyers, and so on. Headshot photography is something I am very sought out for so I'm often able to offer feedback based on experience on what would work best for your specific industry.

Fourth, skip clothes that are shiny, bulky or baggy. Fitted clothes will look better in photographs, whereas clothes that are too loose instantly add extra weight. Clothes with too much shine also emphasize your body when the emphasis should be on your face.

Fifth, as mentioned before solid colors work best. It is often asked 'What are the best colors to wear for my headshot?'.While black is an extremely popular choice for headshots and often looks great, I also recommend wearing white, cream, navy, gray, and colors that compliment your skin tone. This will be different for everyone. For example some people look better in soft 'spring' colors so things like lilac, rose, etc can be great options, which others might look better in 'fall' colors such as rust, burnt orange etc. The one color that should most often be avoided for headshots is red. Red often brings out too much red in your face and is the one color that I recommend NOT wearing for your headshot.

Sixth, don't be afraid to bring different options to your appointment. I frequently have clients bring different options to their appointment and we discuss which ones I think you will look best in. During your appointment there is also plenty of time for a change of outfits and backdrops. My backdrops are on a roller system and can be changed out in a matter of seconds so you can have variety to choose from.

Should you hire a makeup artist for your headshots?

For women, I strongly recommend having a professional makeup artist do your makeup for your headshots. A professional will make sure to not only use the right products that are better suited to studio photography, but they also use skin prep products to make sure that it isn't applied too heavy, to make sure it blends with your neck line, and the skin prep often helps in last longer. Before I was a photographer, I was a hairstylist and makeup artist and I know first hand that a makeup artist can make a big different in the final outcome of your photos. They are worth the investment. Another great idea if you have time is to schedule a hair color touch up if your hair color has noticeably grown out or the color has greatly faded from what your usual style. If you do decide to hair a makeup artist, make sure to ask if they have experience working with studio lights. Some makeup artists only work with brides or prom girls and they apply makeup that is best for natural light instead of studio lights. There is a difference in the way makeup is applied and products used for a studio session versus an outdoor event. If you are looking for recommendations, send me an email or text and I'll let you know my top choices in the area to contact.

Location: San Antonio, Texas.