No need not look conventional? This is for you.
If you are an independent thinker, fearless and open-minded, this type of portrait may be for you. This is perfect for authors, performers, artists, entrepreneurs and other types of influencers.
The moment people see this type of portrait, they will recognize your status as a person with much freedom and unconcerned about your or others’ comfort zone. In fact, most corporate employees wouldn’t use this type of images for fear of getting backlash.
These portraits slightly amplify your idiosyncrasy, so the pictures will still look like you to other people, but you may find the photographs look different from your mental copy of your image. This phenomenon is common even with most conventional, plain headshots, but expect more. By nature, these images are stretching your attitude and exaggerating facial features, so people with narrow comfort zone will probably feel uneasy with the images for some time, for possibly forever. Whether you are going to accept the images immediately and with a full level of comfort, I won’t guarantee. That’s what it takes to make an impact.
Many people don’t like how they look and overly critical of their facial features. In case of conventional headshots, things like uneven eye openings, tilted lips, etc. will show rather faithfully and people may be intensely bothered by those unimportant details that few others will recognize. In character portraits, we may even play up those distinctive features as a part of your character; turn your “flaws” into slightly caricature-like signature features that people feel familiar.
If this is not for you, there are always safer, conventional, traditional options (but those people probably wouldn’t read this far down on this page).
Service & Pricing
Don’t expect this shoot to be the same as standard corporate headshot work. This is for people who really know themselves and communicate about it.
Please use the inquiry form to see the standard pricing, but if you need customizing, please inquire about pricing, etc. There are many variables. (Basic studio portrait, 1 look starts at 500.)
RETOUCHING: for all headshot packages, natural look retouching starts at $200 range per image, depending on the work needed. You can decide the retouching option after reviewing the pictures. You will be watching the retouching process in the studio, and you will have the opportunity to discuss which parts of the image to be retouched.
MAKEUP: for packages 2 and 3, professional makeup is available for $200. The makeup artist will provide custom natural look makeup. ($275 including light, finishing hair styling.) If you need elaborate hair styling, we recommend you go to your regular hair stylist first; if the hair gets messed during your travel, the makeup artist can finish the hair in the studio. If the session takes long, you have an option to pay for the extra time or release the makeup artist.
Sample Work Gallery
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Compare with “normal” photo
Same person in two styles. The outfit, hair and makeup are same. Which fits your purpose better? (Left: conventional headshot. Right: character portrait.)