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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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[caption id="attachment_4230" align="alignright" width="214"]Casual Business Head Shot Casual Business Head Shot[/caption]

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 Beautiful Head Shot

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Having makeup and hair done professionally is essential to your Beauty & Fashion Photo Shoot or Head Shots and we cannot say enough what a difference it will make.
Wee know how to pose you to slim you down, make colors pop and with years of studio lighting your portraits will be beautiful!

With the holidays around the corner, give yourself a treat and call us today to book your Beauty & Fashion Photo Shoot or Head Shot appointment, you really deserve it!!!!

Charlene Chavez Photography
5891 Winfield Blvd
San Jose, CA 95123

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San Jose Fall Family Portrait Session | San Jose Fall Family Portrait Sale | San Jose & SF Bay Area Photographer

Fall Family Portrait Session Sale – $50 off when you book by October 31, 2017

Looking to update your Family Portraits or have been thinking about finally getting your Family Session booked? Now is a great time to start planning for your Fall Family Portraits with our Fall Family Portrait Session Sale!

You save $50 off your Family Session Fee, but you MUST contact Charlene by October 31, 2017 to book! Pay now and we can select your Family Session date later.

Charlene Chavez Photography
5891 Winfield Blvd
San Jose, CA 95123

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San Jose Fall Family Portraits | San Jose & Bay Area Family Portrait Photographer

It’s time to plan ahead for your Fall Family Portraits.

At Charlene Chavez Photography, we make it easy to help you decide on clothing and location. We provide a Family Clothing Guide to help you select colors so your Family Pictures will look beautifully coordinated. We look at framed Family Portraits as an extension of art on your walls that you will display for years so why not look your best!

Please give us a call when you are thinking of having your Family Pictures taken. We will be glad to answer any questions and help you plan ahead.

Charlene Chavez, Owner
Charlene Chavez Photography
5891 Winfield Blvd.
San Jose, CA 95123

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Family Session – San Jose Family Portrait Photographer

This Family Session is a continuation of the photography meet up we had last month in Philadelphia.  I can’t tell you enough how cute these boys are in person too that and I even asked if I could squeeze their cheeks!  Simply adorable!  Oh yeah, and the mom is such a beauty herself so of course the boys are so good looking!

Thank you mom for modeling for us and sharing your cutie patooties with us. 🙂

This Family Session was taken at Ridley Creek State Park in Philadelphia.  If you enjoyed this Family Session and have been telling yourself, “We need to update our Family Portraits,” please don’t hesitate to call and schedule your Family Portraits now!  Summer is a great time since school is out and school will be back is session before you know it.



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