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Professional Headshots

Your Headshot Session

I believe that everyone can have a great headshot. With proper direction and coaching, professional equipment, lighting set-ups, make-up and wardrobe, you, too, can get a great headshot. Each of my headshot sessions is crafted to create images for you to market yourself for whatever your need may be, whether for your social media properties (LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, etc.), for your website, or to promote a new website, book, conference, Electronic Media Kit, etc.

If you’re looking for headshots to update your digital identity, we’ll design a session to capture those images of you and get you looking your best. Call (818) 991-7135 to schedule your session. Space is limited.

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Frank Buddenbrock
Photographer

YOUR SESSION:

During your Headshot session, I would like to shoot a minimum of 2 different looks.

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Look #1:

I am developing a new, hipper, digital-media-savvy look for headshots- shots that look like stills from a movie. I’m using a narrow depth of field to throw the background out of focus and using a beautiful light modifier (softbox) on your face.

Bernie Leibovitch photographed by Volker "Frank" Buddenbrock

Look #2:

I will also shoot a more traditional look, if you wish. I’ve produced this look for many professionals for all kinds of marketing materials- brochures, websites, LinkedIn profiles, magazine covers, and book jacket photos.


I don’t put a limit on the number of shots I take per look, and I’ll shoot each look until I feel we’ve got it covered. You and I will jointly agree we’ve got the shot so you’ll know exactly what you’ll have to work with when you leave the session.

My “movie look” headshots are shot in a horizontal format (this helps them appear to be a still from a movie), but if you feel you need vertical shots just let me know and I’d be happy to shoot the images accordingly. By shooting a range of looks, you’ll have multiple shots available for different marketing purposes.

My shooting process is to edit the session with you as we go. You’ll get to see our images on my large iMac computer screen- none of this looking at the back of the camera to judge a photo. When we are done I’ve usually shot anywhere between 50 and 100 shots and you’ll end up with somewhere between 25-50 final shots that you have approved as possible images to use. Shooting this way allows us to account for anything that you feel we may have missed. My favorite compliment is that “there are so many good shots- how do I pick only one?” That’s music to my ears.

I love the DELETE key and want your session full of amazing shots, so I have no problem deleting shots during the editing process in order to only keep the best of the best, or to shoot more to make sure we nailed it.

After our session, the approved shots will be available to you on your own password-protected proofing page on my SmugMug.com website. You will be able to give the password to friends, family, agents, reps or anyone else who might help you choose the shots to use.

RETOUCHING:

This photo session will include retouching for two images. They can be one image from each look, or two images from the same look- the choice is yours. Retouching for additional images is available at $25/image.

After choosing the shots you’d like to use, we will work on them and then upload the retouched images to the same SmugMug page to view and approve. We will fine-tune the retouching to your liking, so don’t be afraid to tell us what you need.

MY GEAR:

I take my work seriously and I like to use the best equipment available. I’ve been working with some of the best brands in the world. I like to stay at the forefront of technology and using a variety of the newest and best equipment to do what I do.

CLOTHING:

I recommend everyone to bring at least 4 to 5 different options for clothing. For headshots, you’ll really just need to concentrate on shirts/tops- blouses, sweaters, suit and tie for men, etc. One important rule: You have to love it! Over the years, I’ve learned that if you don’t feel comfortable in it, you won’t shoot well while wearing it.

People always ask what colors are best and for headshots I try to stay away from plain white or black. It’s best not to be seasonal. Everything from t-shirts, tank tops to sweaters and light jackets or suits and ties can work. Textures and layers work quite well- stay away from crazy patterns.

If you don’t bring it, we can’t shoot it, it’s better to just bring it along. Have some fun with this- if you feel your wardrobe is missing something, then go shopping and we’ll keep the tags on it and you can return the items you don’t want to keep after the shoot. I have a steamer/iron, so don’t worry about wrinkles.

HAIR & MAKEUP:

Let me say at the beginning- makeup for the session is mandatory. There’s no sense in going to all this time, trouble and expense and not take every opportunity to get the best images we can. Plus, for this session, the cost of makeup is included!

Women’s Makeup

My makeup artist will apply makeup specifically for the lighting I’ll be using. We’ll start with a natural look to give you a very clean look and, if you prefer, will add a touch of makeup in the middle of the shoot if you prefer a darker look. If you want a little bit more than a natural look that’s fine- just let the makeup artist know.

Women’s Hair

Please come with your hair ready in the way you would like to present yourself. We want your hair in your pictures to be as close as possible to the way you look on a good hair day. You are in charge here- your hair is such a personal thing and we want you to feel like yourself, so please feel free to guide us in how you’d like it to look. Please bring whatever styling products you need in order to handle creating your look.

MEN

As stated above, I recommend makeup on men. It won’t be a ton of makeup but it sure helps even out skin tone and reduce blemishes. There isn’t a photo shoot, movie set, or magazine cover out there where the men haven’t had makeup applied. The difference is significant.

If you grow decent scruff and want some shots with facial hair, come in with some growth and we’ll shoot until we feel we’ve got it covered and then you can shave, so bring your razor, etc.

COST AND SCHEDULING:

For a standard session, my fee is $675.

BOOK YOUR SESSION- Call me at (818) 314-6313 to schedule your photo shoot. If there is still room in the schedule, we’ll ask you to then click on the button below to make your payment using PayPal. You can use either your PayPal account or any regular credit card. There will be a charge on your account from our parent company- FIND AN EXPERT ONLINE. This payment is non-refundable. If something comes up and you can’t make it, we will work with you to reschedule.

SCHEDULING & WAITING LIST:

We will be shooting a number of people on this special day and space is limited. Scheduling is on a first-come/first-served basis. Please call me directly to schedule your shoot. Call my cell at (818) 314-6313.

I recommend arriving at least 45 minutes prior to your scheduled shoot time to get makeup applied, hair styled, and your wardrobe arranged. Please be punctual and respectful of other people’s time/schedules. Try to make sure you don’t have anything else scheduled close to the end of your session in case I feel we need a little extra time with you.

I try to accommodate everyone and you can always be put on our waiting list for another session.

DISCLAIMER:

If for any reason you need to change your scheduled session, I will add you to our waiting list for another shoot day. If you have set up a session with me by paying your fee then we have an agreement and are ready to roll. If you run into an issue where you need to change your session time less than 72 hours from your scheduled time then here’s the deal:
Should something come up where you need to change your session time, you need to alert us right away. The shoot fee is non-refundable, but we will reschedule.

I have to be strict on this because my time is extremely valuable to me, and my crew. And I believe your time is valuable to you as well. Once you have a session booked it’s reserved for you, so unless given proper notice the fees incurred above will be instituted.

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