Category Archives: Executive & Model Head Shots

Tips for Head Shots | Business Portraits & Executive Head Shots in the San Jose and Surrounding Areas

I photograph many Head Shots in the San Jose and the surrounding areas. There are many terms to the type people are looking for: Head Shots, Business Portraits, Actor Portfolio, Executive Head Shots but the questions are common and usually the same.

1. Do I need one?
2. What do I wear?
3. What color backgrounds do you have?
4. Can you come to my office?
5. I want a friendly look and I’m shy in front of the camera. Can you help me?
6. Do I need make up and hair done (ladies)?
7. Should I get a hair cut / trim my beard (men)?

Do I need a Professional Head Shot?
Most people who have an online presence do. Realtors, speakers, executives, book authors, actors and many other professionals all need some type of
professional business image to for their online portfolio. Your image is one of the first things people identify and relate to you. Your face and how you appear in your business portrait should be the attention and portal to you and your brand.

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What do I wear for my business head shot?
If you are looking for a casual business head shot look or a professional portrait look, no matter what way I highly suggest you go with solid colors. Patterns tend to get too busy. If you are looking for the Executive type image I would recommend the suit or jacket and tie. The casual business head shot, sample above, is a friendly look with a jacket and small tie. The very casual look can be dressy or very casual or both as seen in the sample image below.
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Unless you are modeling clothing I would also suggest you avoid anything that will cover your face like a hat and sunglasses. Yes, people have asked.

What color backgrounds do you have?
We have many backgrounds but the most used color is the gray background. Gray goes with everything. If you wear a dark color we darken the background. If you wear a lighter color we lighten the the gray background. Matching the color you wear is also pleasing image to the eye and bring attention to your face.

Can you come to me or my office?
Of course! We travel all over the Bay Area and beyond. Depending on how far your office is we do have a small travel and set up fee. Ideally we will need at least a 10 foot by 10 foot area to set up the lighting. We have worked in very tight spaces, hallways and closets too, and we just make an adjustment to our lighting. We can also find an area outside your office and make a suggestion or two. The image below was taken inside a residence with the realtor and his team. We took both individual head shots and of his group.
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I want a friendly look and I’m shy in front of the camera. Can you help me?
We understand what it’s like to be in front of the camera. Just a simple breathing technique and simple poses at first will help you relax. We show clients how great they look from the back of the camera and that also relaxes our clients.

Do I need make up and hair done (ladies)?
We know hair and make up are an added expense but it is highly recommended if you don’t know how to do it yourself. Less is more when it comes to business and casual head shots. Women don’t need a lot of make up like a model would or as in a fashion photo shoot. Natural make up works best as you would normally wear it. You can always add a bit more to darken the eyes and lips to give it a slightly different look. Hair can be worn straight or curly and I suggest you wear it so that you are comfortable and confident.
DO NOT get your color or cut done right before your head shot. Wait a week or two and let the color settle.

Should I get a hair cut / trim my beard (men)?
Wait a week and come see us after your hair cut. Your stylist might cut it too short and you don’t want that “just cut my hair” look for your image. Beards – trim it evenly so that it has that nicely groomed look.
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San Jose Head Shots and Company Group Portraits | San Jose Head Shot and Group Portrait Photographer

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This image of Case Design San Jose came up in my FaceBook news feed this afternoon and it made me laugh. This group is always fun to work with and the staff is super nice!
I have photographed this company for years for their business head shots as well as group portrait for their company holiday cards.
If you are in need of head shots as well as group company portraits please give us a call. We set up at your company or you can come to the studio.

We are located at:
Charlene Chavez Photography
5891 Winfield Blvd
San Jose, CA 95123

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Environmental Head Shot and Photo Shoot | Charlene Chavez Photography

One of the first questions I am often asked is if I photograph outside the studio for head shots and other images that are needed for business cards, websites and brochures. The answer to that is yes! Not everyone fits into the studio style and depending on what look you are trying to portray an environmental image might be the right backdrop for you. How about an indoor location that provides a hint of what you do? The image below could relate to a home designer, a woman who runs her own business or in her case a realtor. We photographed her outdoor and indoor and had some business and playful images for her to select from.

Let Charlene Chavez Photography know when you would like to update your next head shot.

Indoor head shot, professional head shot, business head shot


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Group and Individual Head Shot Photographer in San Jose | Morgan Stanley

We also offer group and individual head shots for your team. When was the last time you updated your head shot or group image? Give us a call and schedule your next group and individual head shots. Our studio is located in San Jose near Oakridge Mall and Golfland. We can also come to your office to set up if you’re pressed for time.

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95120 Almaden Lifestyle Magazine Editorial Head Shot – San Jose & Bay Area Model & Professional Head Shot Photographer

Have you seen the latest issue of 95120 Almaden Lifestyle Magazine? The magazine was delivered last month to homes and businesses in the Almaden area. You can find copies at Tacos Al Pastor, UnWined Wine Shop & Bar and The Studio Salon & Boutique just to name a few.

Each month I look forward to photographing Chrissy and especially excited to see what she will be wearing. The dress and accessories were chosen by Jill Amen, of The Studio Salon & Boutique and Chrissy’s Mod Rolling Wave “look” was created by Christina Cotton, also a hair stylist from The Studio Salon & Boutique. Each time I visit the boutique I can’t help but walk out with a few things and practicing self control is very difficult there! I double dare you to walk in and see if you can walk out empty handed, I bet you can’t! You’ve read my previous blog posts but I’ll tell you again how much I enjoy the staff there. Everyone is so nice and Jill Amen is always so helpful. She knows I hate to shop, yes there are a bunch of us out there who would rather be doing other things, but when she knows I’m dropping in she has clothes lined up and ready for me to try on. I call her my personal shopper. She knows what works well with my skin color, my size and most importantly she knows my style. Go check out The Studio Salon & Boutique and tell Jill I sent you. You will not be disappointed!



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