Posts Tagged ‘executive portraits’

This is a question I get most via phone, email, or messenger. Unfortunately, it’s not always as easy to answer as all that.

One person may only need a simple studio head and shoulders image on a plain, neutral background, yet the next person’s idea of a headshot might involve a full-length image on a green screen with a desk full of props in the foreground, and drop in a law library in the background with a logo overlay and six levels of retouching to choose from. This is not what I would call “a headshot,” but it could very well be the client’s only terminology they have, to convey “a marketable digital image.”

In its simplest form, “a headshot” at Newsome’s Studio is $199 for the first image purchased.

If you want your headshot to become more involved (as in the latter example), it’s not what I call “a headshot,” it’s more of “a branding session.” A branding session is a collaboration between your ideas and my skill set in bringing them to life. The cost of which, is dictated by the level of time and talent needed to bring it all together. Sometimes, additional costs are incurred, via the need to purchase a stock image to use as a background or me going on location to create that image myself. Maybe you need several “reworks” of retouching because you don’t think you look slim enough, or young enough, or whatever!

Today’s digital world has opened up an ocean of possibilities when it comes to creating a great marketable image. Retouching is no longer a simple case of removing a few blemishes. In this day of Snapchat and Instagram filters, people are accustomed to presenting themselves as younger, slimmer, and more photogenic than they might actually be in person. There is actually a real danger to a client insisting that you go what might be considered “overboard” in retouching them beyond recognition. I caution clients of that, but still, they persist.

All of this boils down to time and talent, and time and talent are the only commodities left in the equation of running a profitable photography business. I don’t sell pixels, I sell my time and my talent.

So, how much is a headshot? Well, how much of my time and talent do you expect you’ll need? It could run anywhere from $199 to $999 for that first image. The only way I can accurately answer that question is for us to have a conversation about your particular needs, but suffice it to say that “a headshot” BEGINS at $199. And no, just because you “only need it for Linkedin” doesn’t make it any less valuable to you, or any less time and talent consuming for me.

If you’re going to market yourself with it, it should be taken seriously, by you AND your photographer.

As of June 1st, Newsome’s Studio of Photography is open for business in our newest location! Now located in Cypress Point Office Park, behind Starbucks at the corner of Linebaugh Ave and North Dale Mabry Hwy. The official address is 10012 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Suite 219, Tampa, FL 33618.

The studio is on the second floor (suite 219). Stop by and say Hi! sometime.

Come visit us in our new digs!

Come visit us in our new digs!

How can you reach out to me? Let me count the ways… Facebook, Google+, Email, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, any of my three blogs, the contact form on my web site, snail mail, or the telephone.

Well, no matter what avenue you choose to communicate with me, I’m usually going to choose just one to reply… the telephone. Why? because it accomplishes more, saves time, answers questions in a heartbeat, and establishes a rapport/relationship in a way that all the others can’t.

You have questions, I have answers. Let’s cut to the chase and resolve your queries lightning fast, and you can get on with running your business. You will be happy, maybe your boss will be even happier, and I, most likely will have gained a new client in the process.

It is beyond my comprehension why so many photographers refuse to publicize their phone numbers – even on the “contact us” page of their web site! It’s like they’re doing everything possible to avoid real communication with potential clients.

Maybe it’s a sign of the times, so many forms of communication have been instilled in them since grammar school, that they view having an actual conversation with anyone an utter annoyance. If they’re not looking down between their thumbs, they’re incapable of communicating!

I love the phone, and I love hearing it ring. I think  my clients do too. You got questions about photography? Call me. 813-968-2810. We’ll talk, you’ll get answers, and I’ll have the opportunity to convince you that I’m the right man for the job.

Pick up the phone and call me.

Pick up the phone and call me.

To find an executive portrait photographer in Tampa who can provide a high quality studio business portrait is getting harder and harder these days. Why? Because so few retail located studios exist anymore! To find a professional photographer in Tampa with the knowledge and experience to provide a quality corporate head shot, that could be used on a web bio, LinkedIn, or in a framed canvas portrait on the boardroom wall, is no easy task.

Fortunately, Newsome’s Studio of Photography, located in Carrollwood, at 11738 N. Dale Mabry Hwy in North Tampa (same plaza as Villagio Cinema), has the background and experience to understand the value of an executive’s bio photo, and the lighting knowledge to provide you with exactly what you’re looking for. Call for an appointment at 813-968-2810 and upgrade your “face-value” today!

Executive Business Studio Portrait, Tampa

Executive Business Studio Portrait, Tampa

When it comes to professional bio photos, business portraits, or executive headshots, the importance of having a quality image cannot be overstated. It’s often your best “first impression.” It’s the first time many potential clients actually begin to “connect” with you as a professional. The last thing you want to do is turn them off by using a “cell phone selfie,” or a carport background taken by an eleven year old with a point and shoot camera.

Put some value in your face and hire a professional who can make you look your very best. Invest in your success, invest in your future, invest in your IMAGE, and call Newsome’s Studio of Photography today.

Taken on location in the client's office for their web site and brochure.

Taken on location in the client’s office for their web site and brochure.