What to look for in a headshot photographer
Updated: May 27
1. Quality and consistency of work- The first place to start is to browse each photographer's portfolio on their website. Does it match what you want or need? Know what you need going into the session. A classic corporate look? Something more relaxed and casual? Consistency is important in headshot photography. Is their lighting consistently good? Do their subjects look relaxed? Browse their Instagram or Facebook accounts for more of their work.
2. Delivered products- Each photographer structures their sessions in a different way. Some photographers will do very little editing, but will hand off a lot of images after the shoot. Others require a session fee and charge separately for the images. I offer photo packages that each include different amounts of shooting time, different numbers of clothing changes and retouched images. I find that packages offer a lot of options for various business budgets.
3. Turn around time-
The pace of business moves quickly. I offer a 24-48 hour turn-around between shooting and sending a link to your finished photos, if we choose your photos at the studio immediately after your session. Turn around time can be quicker with a rush fee. Be sure to ask your photographer about how long it will take to get finished photos back to you. If you hire a photographer who specializes in headshots, they should have a good workflow to get finished photos back to you in a reasonable amount of time.
4. Client reviews- Like hiring any professional, checking headshot photographers reviews can be very valuable. You can tell how long and consistently they have served their clients. Additionally, through reading their reviews, you can get some information about what level or service they are offering.