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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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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 Professional Head Shot | San Jose Head Shot Photographer

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I remember the first day I took a Professional Head Shots workshop up in Palo Alto and I remember the instructor talking way over my head about the different kinds of studio lights, the lighting, backgrounds, clothing choices (this I understood) and positioning clients.
As time went by I reviewed my notes and kept practicing and got better and better. There are so many possibilites to lighting professional head shots and the look the client or I want to achieve that communication is key to getting an understanding whet the definition of what a professional head shot can be. There’s the Business Casual Head Shot, Executive Head Shot, Actor Head Shot, Friendly Head Shot, Comedic Head Shot and so many other! When clients book with me I ask many questions as to what they are looking for and where the image will be used and of course their profession is a huge part in how they will look in their professional head shot.

When you are ready for a head shot give us a call and we will be glad to help you achieve your ideal Professional Head Shot.

Charlene Chavez Photography
5891 Winfield Blvd
San Jose, CA 95123

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San Jose Fall Family Pictures and Ideas | San Jose and Bay Area Family Photogapher

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Getting you ready for your Fall Family Pictures and you want to know where we can go. Sometimes it’s as simple as taking your Family Pictures right in your own backyard. Fall flowers and fall leaves on trees are always a complimentary backdrop and adding the memory of your beautiful yard is a bonus.
Please give us a call if you are thinking of your Family Pictures and we can schedule a free consultation.

We not only photographed this Family’s Pictures in their backyard but we also photographed their wedding. 🙂

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

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San Jose Power Couple Head Shots | San Jose Professional Head Shot Photographer

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This very cute couple wanted head shots that portrayed a power couple to be used in an award presentation slideshow. Congratulations to them both for reaching top sales for Rodan & Fields. I couldn’t share these images until after their award ceremony.They are just an adorable couple and look great in their head shots.

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