Headshots and Portraits

In theater, film, and television, actors, models, singers, and other entertainers are often required to include a head shot, along with their résumé, when applying for a job.  These days it is important for everyone to have a headshot, whether for business or personal use.  Our head shots are usually more artistic: they intend to portray the subject in the best possible light.  Head shots often feature the person facing off-center.  We will often have head shots expressing different poses and expressions to give a potential employer an idea of the subject’s range of appearances or expressions. These types of head shots are called “looks.”  It is common for you to have different head shots for different needs, but for the most part these consist of a change in attire. The head shots that include a person’s shoulders are called “three-quarter” shots. Previously, head shots were often in black-and-white; however, most head shots are now taken in color.

Headshots shot in our studio or at your offices.

The main purpose of a head shot is identification. Therefore, the most important feature of an actor’s head shot is that it represents the subject. Theatrical head shots are usually very “neutral” looking shots of the actor clearly showing their facial features.

We can shoot your business portrait at your location or in our studio, whichever you prefer.

Head shots are intended to show a person as they currently appear and reflect their best qualities. Therefore, if your hair has been recently cut or colored, they would often get a new head shot to reflect their new image. Additionally, if an actor has a scar or facial blemish, it is expected to be visible on the head shot and not digitally removed from the image. Pimples or spots are temporary and, therefore, are usually digitally retouched.

Many people don’t like having their pictures.  They compare the experience of sitting for head shots on the same level as pulling a tooth.

Not so with our studio crew.  One reason we are able to get such great pictures is because we make you feel comfortable, relaxed and at ease.  Unlike a lot of other studios, we actually take the time to talk to our clients.  It’s amazing how everyone feels so much more relaxed when they get a chance to speak about themselves.  We want to create photographs that show your personality and convey the correct image.

You can find our portraits on many corporate website pages. We’ve shot for many top St Louis companies, book covers of famous writers, and startups of some young, successful entrepreneurs. We know what you need and are more than capable of delivering it in a most professional form. Invest in yourself, as it could be the most profitable investment you’ve ever made.

Professional business portraits in St. Louis

We not only provide you with a professional looking executive portrait, but will also capture your personality in such a unique and authentic manner that it clearly shows in the photos. Here we do not force people to smile as this can come off as fake or phony looking. We look to achieve the most authentic looking photos, as they tend to be the most professional, as well.

What to expect from your headshot session.

We have developed a thorough system for creating, shooting, and perfecting professional headshots for entrepreneurs, managers, and actors from St. Louis. Our approach to photography is unique:

It is not necessary to spend eight hours to achieve an excellent headshot. Instead, concentrate on the major elements to get the desired final product.

As professionals, our goal is not to showcase our artwork, but to guarantee that you are happy with the headshots and that they meet your standards. We strongly believe that the perfect headshot is one that the client loves and is confident to share with the public.

Creating a Fun Environment

No matter if you are experienced or a novice, our helpful guidance will help you to get the exact look you are aiming for. When you arrive at the studio, we will play enjoyable music to make you feel relaxed.

The Editing Process

Our other secret to success is reviewing the pictures. We make sure that the pictures are not overly edited, so that the person in the picture is still recognizable. When editing, we can whiten teeth, reduce unwanted strands, minimize the appearance of under-eye bags, eliminate acne, and lessen facial creases. We can also brighten the eyes with makeup, whitening drops, or eye masks.

Reducing Wrinkles in Clothing

To keep clothes looking their best, we recommend hanging up clothing immediately after taking them out of the dryer, removing clothes before they become too dry, avoiding tightly packing clothes in drawers, ironing items when slightly damp, and using fabric softener in the wash.

Mike Haller
4501 Mattis Road 63128
St Louis Photographer