FOR ACTORS, CREATIVES & ENTREPRENEURS
Scotland's finest headshot photographers - David Ho & Sandie Knudsen
For us, it's about simplicity & authenticity. That's where strength & beauty is found. If there's a secret to life, then we believe that's it! For us, as headshot photographers, it's about beautiful light, pure and simple. No snapchat filters, no fancy gimmicks. Just beautiful light and the natural conversation between two people. There just happens to be a camera involved.
After 18 years, photographing thousands of faces, from all walks of life, the one thing that gives us a real sense of purpose and fulfillment is helping people rediscover their self confidence. Social media and popular culture has taught people to hate the way they look. But you are unique, you are beautiful and you are enough. And our mission is to prove that to each and every person who stands in front of our camera.
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In the age of Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram and a million selfies, everyone of us can benefit from having at least one great, authentic, professional headshot of themselves. A glorious signature portrait that is proudly and uniquely you.
the answers you need...
HOW DO I BOOK YOU?
Really straightforward. Just get in touch, let us know some details of what you're looking for and some dates & times that suit you for the photo-shoot. We normally ask for the shoot fee at the time of booking (by bank transfer or card) to secure the date in the diary. In any event, full payment is required prior to the release of your chosen high resolution image files.
WHAT DO I WEAR?
'Keep it simple' is the best advice we can give. Smart shirt/blouse and jacket combos work well for a relaxed yet professional look. V-neck t-shirts and jumpers and jeans always work for a smart casual look. Having said that, your headshot is also about your personality, so we don't want to be overly prescriptive! You've got to be happy, comfortable and confident in what you're wearing.
IS THERE ANYTHING I SHOULD DO TO HELP ME PREPARE FOR THE PHOTOSHOOT?
Not really. We'll have the kettle on! A cuppa can work wonders before any photo-shoot. I guess the main thing is to try to arrive in a relaxed, happy frame of mind. If you've had a late night or a stressful morning, then that's going to show in your posture and on your face. So try to avoid those things. There's no disguising tired eyes. Drink lots of water, meditate, go to a spa, do whatever you need to do so that you come in as relaxed and refreshed as possible.
WHAT BACKDROPS DO YOU USE?
We have 2 backdrops for our studio shoots - white and dark grey. Let us know which one you prefer before we get started! Our default is dark grey and for two reasons; most websites (such as LinkedIn) are high key i.e. predominantly white pages, so having a darker background for your headshot will really make your profile picture stand out. A dark grey backdrop also adds a certain gravitas to a professional headshot, in our opinion. But you can judge for yourself when you look through our samples! We can also make use of whatever feature walls / backdrops are available in your work place. The only thing we don't use is a 'green screen' and then use photoshop to drop in a fake backdrop afterwards - faking it never quite hits the mark, in our opinion. You can always tell!
DO YOU SHOOT TETHERED?
We don't shoot tethered so no you don't get to see the headshots during the course of the photo-shoot! The reason is simple. Time. Particularly if we have a team of 15 or 20 people to get through. If we were to stop after each and every click, to gather around a laptop and discuss the merits of each and every shot, I can guarantee the whole process will grind to a halt. What works best is to talk about your requirements and preferences beforehand and then trust us to get on with it and deliver a fantastic result, in an efficient manner. Headshots will generally be available to view on an online gallery, 48hrs after the shoot.
CAN YOU PHOTOSHOP ME SO I LOOK 10 YEARS YOUNGER?
We will certainly light, pose and photograph you in such a way so that you look positively radiant. With regard photoshop, we do the lightest of retouching e.g. taking away a spot or a pimple, but we draw the line at wholesale changes to your bone structure!
A side note to additional retouching work beyond what we normally would do - our rate is £15 per retouching request (and only when actually possible).