Natural light brings a youthful look and natural, authentic quality to your portraits. Such portraits are an excellent option for personal, relationship-based business or personal branding. These pictures are a bit more casual, relaxed, and likable, a bit more personal than typical “studio look” or corporate power shots.
Our Boston photography studio has many large windows, which lets in very soft, diffuse natural light. This light renders the skin freshly bright and produces a more youthful look, reducing visible wrinkles. It may also reduce the need to retouch, although it remains a potentially useful option. It is also a sensible choice for people who prefer to avoid flash lighting.
The backdrop can be parts of a century-old historic brick building, like a brick wall, a vintage steel door, or a window, to create an organic and warm look. So, this is not the choice for men wearing a suit and a tie. Compare this to a traditional corporate headshot.
For a clean-cut professional image, the backdrop can be a neutral backdrop of a light off-white color, to produce images similar to professional headshots, with the benefit of having natural light. With such a backdrop, it may be appropriate for a LinkedIn bio, and an internal directory or an org chart of a technology company.
Natural light portraits are taken in mid-day or early afternoon for the best light quality. So, please be sure to request natural light option during your telephone consultation. It is also an entirely indoor session unaffected by the weather and available throughout the year.
Some eyeglass is glare-prone and needs attention. Natural light can be manipulated only so coarsely that it is unable to diminish glare off a glare-prone glasses (which I have no way of telling without photographing it). If you must wear glasses, and your glasses may be glare-prone, this is probably not the best option, unless you have plan B. An ideal solution is to prepare a glass frame without lenses and wear contacts to make your eyes look comfortable.
Many people mix one or two natural light portraits and one traditional or professional headshot (packages 2 and 3) to have one safe, conservative option and one or two casual options. Natural light technique can be used as a part of corporate headshots, professional headshots, actor headshots personality portraits at no extra cost (it is simply counted as an additional look). Please request this option at the time of filling out the inquiry form.
When choosing your style, both in photography style and outfit style, please note that your photograph should reflect your professional persona and near-term objectives rather than documenting how you look every day at work, so that the picture serves as a tool to move your business forward.
Service & Pricing
Shooting portraits at BEAUPIX is easy and painless. We routinely work with people of a wide range of experience with photographers.
Our sessions are a unique, interactive process, which keeps you relaxed, engaged, and informed. You’ll get visual feedback during the session, and we’ll choose pictures together, based on both your and our opinions, so that you will feel empowered, with the process facilitated by professional guidance.
Package 1: for people who need one picture for a bio or LinkedIn, photographing 1 outfit look. We’ll take a couple of dozen photographs, with a quick image review to give you visual feedback and make sure we are on the right track. We’ll choose one the best image from the session, and enhance it with color correction, exposure/contrast adjustments. You’ll get the selected picture in a high-resolution JPEG, as well as a second copy in low resolution for online uses. This session is quick and takes about one hour. The session fee is $300 (including the image without watermark).
Package 2 (most popular): for people who wear multiple hats in the business world, photographing 2 outfit looks. You’ll have a choice of neutral studio backgrounds (gray, white or dull silver metallic), and more organic backgrounds (brick wall, vintage steel door with subtly distressed texture, etc.) The portraits with the latter background may use natural light. We’ll take several dozen photographs, on a few occasions to review the images to give you visual feedback and make sure we are on the right track. A typical session will yield up to 6 excellent pictures in a range of expressions. This session takes less than 2 hours. The session fee is $500 (including 2 to 6 images without a watermark).
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Package 3: for people who like variety, photographing up to 3 outfit looks, and a typical session yields 10 or more excellent pictures in a range of expressions. This session is similar to Package 2 but takes about 3 hours. The session fee is $650 (including 5 to 10 images without a watermark).
Retouching is less likely necessary with natural light portraits but still available for $100–150 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.
Professional makeup is available for packages 2 and 3 for $150. The makeup artist will provide custom natural look makeup and light, finishing hair styling. The latter is not meant to substitute your routine hair appointments like trim and coloring. 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 longer, you have an option to pay for the extra time or release the makeup artist.
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