Houston Headshot Photographer
As your Houston headshot photographer, I'll create images that reflect the best version of you.
Headshots vs Portraits
The difference between a headshot and a portrait is that a headshot typically features a subject's head and shoulders only while a portrait also includes the torso or the entire body.
Headshot photographers and portrait photographers often use the words headshot and portrait synonymously.
Headshots are your personal visual identification—and more. Simply stated, my headshot photography studio will make you stand out, create a great first impression, and will help you look:
Maybe that's one reason why I'm one of the most recommended headshot photographers in Houston. Ask my mom. She'll back me up.
I can't claim that we'll capture your spirit, essence, or soul during our session, but I'll absolutely create super-nice photographs that you'll love. And that your friends will love. And that everybody you know will love.
When you're being photographed, I'll make you feel at ease. And, you won't need to know how to pose or look great in photos. It's my job to know those things and help you look amazing.
You'll be surprised and relieved with the process as I provide you with easy-to-follow directions. I'll focus on your wardrobe, background, posing, expression, skin tone, and on maximizing your best features.
When I'm creating headshots, subjects frequently comment on my obsessive attention to detail. That attention to detail includes a deep focus on your hair, makeup, apparel, wrinkles, collars, ties, jackets, and other clothing—plus mystery smutch.
I also chase small details in your expressions in combination with your head, body, arm, hand, chin, eye, and torso position.
I'm an affordable headshot photographer with straightforward, flat-fee pricing.
My super reasonable fees for individual headshots start at $200. For multiple subjects, your savings vary based on location and the number of people captured. For most corporate headshot clients that means $300 for the first person and $70 for each additional person.
Sharing is Caring
I've taken millions of photos. And although I know headshot photography inside out, I still want to know what YOU want from YOUR photos. Once I listen to you, then I'll offer recommendations and opinions.
And, if you'd like to share more info, show me your past headshots. Then tell me what you like least and love most about those photos. Just tell me what you want, what you really, really want.
Don’t be afraid to sound picky. I love picky.
My head and shoulder headshots are loved by accountants, actors, airmen, artists, astronauts, athletes, attorneys, authors, bankers, bloggers, celebrities, chiropractors, civil servants, Coast Guardsmen, contestants, dancers, delegates, dentists, doctors, educators, engineers, entertainers, executives, firefighters, hunters, influencers, and investors.
And lawyers, Marines, members, military, models, musicians, nurses, performers, physicians, police officers, politicians, realtors, sailors, scientists, seniors, soldiers, speakers, sportsmen, students, surgeons, teachers, therapists, and everyday people.
You'll love your headshots too.
If you're completing applications with headshot requirements for medical residency (ERAS), international resumes, curriculum vitae (CV), college applications, conference speaker applications, or contest entries, I'll make sure you look your best and stand out. I'll also ask for and follow any application-specific capture requirements exactly.
Some companies hire me for employee identification headshots for name badge photos, ID cards, email signatures, and the corporate intranet. These photos are typically volume-oriented, high-speed headshots that are superior to amateur pictures but less precise than a traditional head-and-shoulders portrait.
My modified fees for these services reflect those requirements. Simply contact me with your requirements and receive a custom quote.
My corporate headshots include professional business photos of executives, employees, and staff for agencies, associations, companies, corporations, firms, groups, organizations, partners, and teams.
Whether you prefer business suit or business casual wardrobes or conservative or edgy lighting, I'll provide you with great advice or follow guidelines set by your marketing department.
I can also provide you with guidance on how we can create amazing group photos that are easily changed by removing or adding staff as they leave or come on board. Just reach out to me for more info.
Copying Older Photos
Some companies update employee headshots infrequently but do add new people from time to time. When that happens, I'm often asked to create images that match the lighting and background style of older headshots taken by other photographers—photos that already appear on your website. That's no problem and I do it all the time. Show me and then I'll show you.
If you're a film, television, commercial, or theater actor then you've found the right photographer. Before I moved to Houston, I was a west-coast photographer for 15+ years and photographed hundreds of celebrities plus thousands of other folks just like you.
My headshot photography will help you land acting roles by communicating who you are to casting associates and casting directors in the casting department (like G&S Casting), talent agents and managers from talent agencies, plus directors and producers. Check me out if you're represented by Pastorini-Bosby Talent Agency or First Models and Talent Agency.
This is your opportunity to audition before an audition as we home in on your important personality, features, and type whether that’s the lead, the ingénue, the character actor, the comedian, the soubrette, or a utility player. I'm also available for personal publicity headshots.
If you're an actor or comedian and you're trying to land specific roles, let's dig deeper into that and what you want from your headshots. I want to know your thoughts. And I'll also share what I think that means for your photography. Especially if you have a musical, play, or ballet at Sarofim Hall, Smart Financial Center, Arena Theater, Brown Theater, Wortham Center, or Alley Theatre. Or a gig at House of Blues, The Improv, The Secret Group, or NRG Arena.
I'm deeply familiar with the latest headshot trends and that knowledge is reflected in your photography.
And if your headshots session needs to extend to portraits for promotional images, lobby cards, or commercial photos, I'm your guy.
Beyond actors, I also have deep experience with entertainers, performers, singers, musicians, and bands. Get with me today if you have an upcoming concert at Toyota Center, Smart Financial Center, Minute Maid Park, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Revention Music Center, White Oak Music Hall, Stafford Centre, or Jones Hall for the Performing Arts.
If you're a blogger, author, reporter, or journalist and you publish online or offline or in books, newspapers, or visually, I'll create headshots that impress your readers and viewers.
Two of the most famous authors I've photographed are Clive Cussler and John Sandford.
If you need business headshots or personal headshots social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Medium, Messenger, Pinterest, Reddit, Snapchat, Tumblr, Twitter, WeChat, WhatsApp, or YouTube, I can create compelling and affordable images quickly. I'm also well known for my professional directory photographs.
People have traveled to my studio from all over the world (from as far away as Germany) to have me take their online dating headshots. Not kidding. In fact, I was one of the first photographers worldwide who specialized in this service. I've even been interviewed by international publications about these pictures.
So, if you've found me because you're checking out how to up your chances with new headshots for Badoo, Bumble, Clover, Coffee Meets Bagel, CountryMatch, eHarmony, EliteSingles, FarmersOnly, Grindr, Happn, Her, Hinge, Match, JDate, The League, OKCupid, Pink Cupid, Plenty of Fish, Shaadi, Tinder, WesternMatch, or Zoosk, check out my Online Dating Portraits page for more info.
The mature idea of a personal brand first appeared in Tom Peter's 1999 book "The Brand You 50" where he discusses fifty ways to transform and address your personal branding.
Today, personal branding headshots focus on personality portraits that focus on what makes you unique and interesting. To learn more, check out my thoughts on Personal Branding Photography.
Indoor / Outdoor / Other Locations
Whether you prefer indoor headshots or outdoor headshots, I'll happily accommodate your requests. And if you visit my downtown studio, I can even accommodate both during your same session. I'm also a great resource for Houston Portrait Locations information.
If you need on-site photographs at your location, or you prefer being photographed at my location, or if you want to go elsewhere to an off-site location, I'm available to accommodate any request. Just remember though (and as you'll see with my headshot pricing) your least expensive option is usually if you choose my location unless we're taking your photos outdoors.
I can supply commonly available white, black, or gray backgrounds or you can choose from 25+ other background colors that I have available and in stock at my studio. I even offer background replacement services where I can swap your white background with digital or stock backgrounds.
You can also check out my Photography Backgrounds page to see the additional colors I have available in stock and other backgrounds you can order for your custom headshot project.
And if solid backgrounds aren't your thing and you'd prefer environmental backgrounds featuring your office space or building, I can offer that accommodation too.
Here are responses to the most common statements and questions I hear from Houstonians. Or you can read my full FAQ here.
Can you make me look skinny?
I make people look skinnier because I'm a posing expert. And if you want to look even skinnier, I can provide Photoshop retouching. You let me know what you want, and we'll make that happen.
How much retouching do you do?
As much as you want. Or as little as you want. But if you ask me, less is more. I promote authenticity.
I hate having my photo taken.
Me too. I hate being photographed. Almost as much as I hate going to the dentist. Seriously. I know how you feel because that's how I feel. When I'm photographing you, I'm going to channel that knowledge to help you feel at ease. You're like me so I know how to do that.
What should I wear?
Clothes. If you need more specifics, check out my wardrobe recommendations.
I don't know how to pose.
You don't need to know how to pose. I know how to pose people. That's my job. Just show up and I'll make sure that you're always well posed.
Smiling or serious?
For every outfit, pose, and background I'm going to photograph you smiling, half-smiling, and serious. Then when we're done with the photography session, you can pick the headshots you love best.
Do I need hair and makeup help?
I don't know. Do you? To learn more, check out my Hair & Makeup thoughts.
Do I have a best side?
Some people have a best side. Some people think they have a best side. And some people don't know if they have a best side. I'll photograph you from both sides unless you share that you really dislike a side. But I'll mostly photograph you straight on and facing the camera—because that's my style. I always avoid unflattering angles.
Should I wear my glasses?
If you frequently wear glasses, then you should be photographed wearing glasses.
It's harder to take headshots of people wearing glasses than it is to photograph people who wear contact lenses or have no eye correction. Reflections in glasses can be frustrating to overcome. But I know how to handle those issues—maybe because I've had lots of practice and I wear glasses too.
I'll use closely directed facial posing and slight lighting adjustments to help remove lens reflections. Some lenses are easier to manage than others, but I know all the tricks and will use them if you'd like to wear glasses.
In the past, headshots were printed in a portrait orientation on 8" x 10" glossy paper available from most labs. However, since most photos are now digital first and print second, that 3:4 ratio is no longer standard. Today, these pictures are also presented in a square 1:1 format or in landscape at 2:3 ratio. Some people even prefer 16:9 or other aspect ratios.
For individual headshots, I'll create both traditional, portrait orientation photos and more modern pictures using landscape orientation. You can then choose which version you like best.