Charlotte NC Professional Photographer Bob Leverone Photography
  Portraits
  Business Headshots
  Actor and Model Headshots
  Commerical Photography
  Editorial Photography and Photojournalism

FAQ for Your Upcoming Photo Session

·       January 22, 2018

What is the Right Size Session for Me?

All of my photography sessions are based on length. Depending on what you need, you want to make sure that you book the appropriate amount of time to get the images that you need. Check out the descriptions below to see what will fit you best.

Executive Session: Your session includes a short, 10-minute studio session and 1 retouched image. This session is a good fit for companies who have hired a new team member or someone who needs a quick update for a CV or job application.

Basic Session: A 30 minute, studio session and gallery of images. All looks will be done in the studio. You will get up to two different looks and minimum of 20 high-resolution images. This session is ideal for someone looking to add a look or two to their portfolio or to update an online profile.

Standard Session: Session includes a 60 minute, studio session and gallery of images. You will get up to 4 different looks with a minimum of 50 high-resolution images. This session length is great for someone looking for a more in-depth shoot that can include headshots, medium shots, and several outfit changes. Even if you just need something simple and you might need a little more time to relax and warm up for the camera, this is a great choice.

Plus Session: Includes a 90 minute, studio session and gallery of images.  You will get up to 6 different looks with a minimum of 80 high-resolution images. This session is ideal for an actor or model looking for more in-depth character looks and portfolio images. This leaves time for a good number of wardrobe and even hair and makeup changes. For business people, this is a perfect length if you are looking to populate your website and social profiles with a wider range of images.

 

Most of our sessions take place in our Mount Holly studio. It’s located in the downtown of this small textile town and is just a few minutes from Uptown Charlotte and just couple miles from South I-85. The particular area of Mount Holly has seen some exciting renewal and we are a small part of that and located on top of Awaken Gallery in The Studios @ 107 at 107 West Central Avenue. The steps to the studio are to the left and outside of Awaken Gallery.

 

What about hair and makeup?

We highly recommend working with a professional hair and make-up artist. Although hair and make-up are not included in the session fee, we have several great artists that we can refer you to who specialize in camera-ready makeup.  For men we recommend a light foundation to help take out any shine. For women, we recommend professional makeup by an experienced artist, but here are a couple of tips if you plan on doing it yourself.

·       Stay away from any makeup with an SPF. These ingredients are designed to reflect certain kinds of light and can cause your skin to appear more shiny on camera instead of less.

·       Go easy on the blush. This is the one area that stands out the most in photos and can be very difficult to correct in post-processing.

·       Bring your makeup to the session in case you need to re-apply.

Our sessions are very often scheduled back to back so come with hair and makeup ready to go so you can get the most out of your session.

 

Who do you recommend for Hair and Makeup?

 If you don’t have a hair and makeup artist who you use, here are a few artists that we work with regularly and highly recommend. You can contact them directly to set up your appointment and work out payment.

Heather Hawkins hahawkins@gmail.com  (704)905-8914

Angie Cottone  angie.cottone@hotmail.com  (704) 806-1441

What should I wear for my headshots?

 You should bring plenty of options to the shoot, we will go over it beforehand but here are some pointers for you:

  • Always bring clothes that match your style and personality.
  • Stay away from clothes with busy patterns. Solid colors are best. No logos.
  • Try to stay away from black and white. If you are a person who relies heavily on black, think about branching out to some colors that flatter your natural coloring.
  • Any color is great for tops, but remember that very bright colors can draw away from your face so pick something slightly more subdued. There are even colors of clothing that are so bright that a camera has trouble reproducing them and they look completely different in the final image.
  • Bring an undershirt or camisole if you are shooting in multiple outfits. It saves time to be able to change tops quickly in the studio for more headshot looks. For men, wear an undershirt with a v-neck if possible as it is less likely to show up in the photos that way.
  • In a headshot session, your lower half will not likely make it into the photos, but make sure that whatever bottoms you have are clean, pressed and match your tops. You never know what we might be able to get out of your session. If you are wearing a suit, be sure to bring the pants.
  • Undergarments. Make sure to include the right undergarments for the tops you bring. You might be disappointed if you bring that super cute tank top or strapless dress but you forgot a strapless bra.
  • Make sure any clothes that you bring are clean and neatly pressed. This goes double for collared shirts and suits. We do not remove wrinkles in Photoshop.
  • If you want to bring jewelry, make sure that it matches. Gold earrings don’t look great with a silver necklace, etc. Bring some options that you love but keep in mind that a headshot is about your face. For entertainment, unless you are shooting specific character shots, keep jewelry to a minimum. Simple studs or hoops and simple necklaces are fine, but nothing that will take away from your expression.
  • Before you head out the door, make sure to grab a unique article of clothing or two. Do you have some cool fedoras? What about a really great leather jacket or a scarf you love? You never know what might come out of a shoot so grab that item and bring it with you. Do you play guitar? Golf? Do you kick-box or collect swords? Bring something that’s unique to you and we might just be able to fit it in to the session and create something really cool.

We are also more than happy to communicate with you about the clothes and anything that is extra, but says YOU-that you are planning to bring. You can text us pictures your ideas so we can collaborate.

 

What else should I do to prepare for my headshot session?

The key to making sure that your session goes well is being prepared. We have put together some resources for you as well as tips on how to make sure that you completely nail your session.

  •  If you plan to get your hair cut or colored, make sure to do it 3-5 days before your session. Please don’t do anything drastic or different with your hair right before the shoot. Hair regret is very real and is probably the number one reason that people can be unsatisfied with their images.
  • Take care of your skin by drinking water, using a facial wash, and a lotion made for the unique skin of your face. It’s amazing the difference it can make in your complexion. We recommend getting a professional facial for those who really want to up their headshot game, but if you do, don’t do it the day before. About 3-5 days beforehand is ideal.
  • Stay away from alcohol and do your best to get a couple of solid nights of sleep leading up to the session. Alcohol and lack of sleep can make your face puffy, give you red eyes, and cause under eye darkness to be exaggerated.
 
Schedule an Appointment today. Contact Bob Leverone Photography at 704-968-4056 or e-mail bleveronephoto@gmail.com