business portrait photography samples by Chris Gillett

HOW IT WORKS

I strongly recommend that after you get on my schedule you use my scheduling system at the bottom of the contact page to schedule a consultation call with me. It takes a lot of time for me to do these, but they help get the results I get. Feel free to schedule one before you decide to schedule with me if you like. I love this stuff, so it is fun for me to talk about.

There is a ton of stuff I could tell you, but here is the too long; didn’t read (tl;dr) version:

Look at my work. If it makes you think “holy crap, I want him to do that for me,” read on. If it doesn’t, I may not be the guy for you.

Read the information here and/or let me tell you about it so you will know what to expect.

Use the scheduling system at the bottom of the contact page to get on my schedule.

You will get an extensive email from me telling you how to prepare. Read it. Do it.

At your session, we will go through the clothes you bring and come up with a game plan.

Women, we will get you in makeup before we begin. Check out the FAQ to learn why.

I will be directing and coaching you the entire time. I will not leave it up to you.

We will take breaks between wardrobe changes to review some shots. This is another opportunity for me to coach you. Also, you will be able to see how it is going. It isn’t one of the deals where you shoot and later you can look through the shots to choose some. I will make sure that you are happy with the direction we are going.

At the end of the session, we’ll sit down together, grab a drink, and go through the shots to chose the one you want. This puts you in complete control of the final cost depending on how many images you require. ($100 per image including professional retouching).

In about ten business days, each headshot is delivered to you as a retouched digital file. You will receive a printable, full resolution version plus a version that is optimized for online use. You need to update your LinkedIn? No sweat. It will be ready to go.

Walk through life with your head held high, confident in the knowledge that you have a kickass headshot.

IMPORTANT: If you read everything above, you understand that my $300 session fee does not include any final headshots. Any headshots that you choose are $100 each. Women must use my makeup artist. Her fee is $150.

ALL decision makers are required to attend your appointment as the images will be chosen at that time. The shots you don’t chose will be toasted. People who are not there with us don’t get to weigh in. You are hiring me for my expertise, judgment, and advice. It would be dumb to base your choices on the opinions of people who don’t know what they are doing. We aren’t going to please everyone, and some folks are crazy. Some people have told me that my own headshot is too aggressive or too mean looking, but you will pry it from my cold, dead hands. Most people love it.

sample business headshot by Chris Gillett

Never thought getting a head shot done would figure into a top ten list of most memorable experiences.

– Adam Gould

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NEED TO KNOW MORE?

FREQUENTLY ASKED

Where are you located, my good man?

The Rice Military area of Houston, Texas on Gibson Street, but don’t get too excited. It is by appointment only. I will give you all the details when you book with me. You can tell your tactical team that it is in the 77007 zip code.

How much do you cost?

$300 to shoot with me. Each headshot you then want is $100.

What should I wear?

This is not a one answer fits most question.  Each person, each profession, each persona is different.  I will give you all the answers specific to you once we’ve scheduled your session.

Do men need makeup?

No. I like men to look a little rugged, unless you wear makeup in your everyday life, then wear away my good friend.

Why do you require makeup for women?

Ok, you know I require you to use my makeup artist. Some of you are saying, “good!” Some of you are saying, “but I always use Susie, and I am very happy with her. Why shouldn’t I get to use who I want?!

Do you like my work? Well, that is how I do it. Professional hair and makeup are a big factor in the outcome. If I just let you do whatever you want, it isn’t going to look like my work. This isn’t about ego. It is because my clients hire me for my expertise and my ability to apply it to my clients. Part of what I do is to take charge and not let you do things that will diminish the quality of your headshots. If you don’t like that, I promise you there are no hard feelings. I want you to get what you want. I just may not be the guy for you.

Having said all that, makeup is a complicated subject. I am more than happy to discuss it with you. So is my makeup artist. If you want to do that, use the scheduling system at the bottom of the contact page to schedule a consultation with me.

Also, she is great helping with hair. Hair can make or break these shots. I have all the woman’s hair skill of the average 50 year old man, so we need her with us. If you show up and Houston has worked its magic on your hair, she has your back. Even if it looks perfect in real life, it always needs a little work to get it camera ready.

Please, no brow waxing, skin peels, elective surgery, or other facial trauma within a few days of the shoot. No fake eyelashes. Show up with no makeup, or you will have to wash off whatever you are wearing.

Okay, I am a woman, so I get professional makeup. How does that work?

Makeup begins whenever your session is scheduled to begin. It can take up to sixty minutes. Once it is finished, we will photograph it to ensure that you, the makeup artist, and I are all happy with the way it looks. You will pay the makeup artist separately via cash, Venmo, check, or card. Her fee for this is $150. Come hair ready.

I’ve seen your rates for individual clients. Do you have different rates for groups or companies?

Indeed I do. Contact me so I can provide you with a bid that is tailored to your needs.

Will I receive all the shots we take?

No.  I promise you don’t want them. See my rates for an explanation of what you will receive.

What about my hair?

Come hair-ready. You can’t just roll out of bed and show up. Come with your hair prepared the way you want to present yourself. Go to the salon the day before, have your cousin do it, do it yourself. I have no idea, Your relationship with your hair is a deep mystery beyond my comprehension. Having said all that, the makeup artist will help with hair, anything from recovering hair that has gone flat to the point of disaster or just getting good hair camera ready. You still need to come hair ready though. Do not show up with wet hair.

Should I get a haircut?

I would.  Just don’t do it RIGHT before your session with me.  Give yourself a week.

You know life happens. What if I need to cancel or reschedule?

Then you are dead to me. Actually, cancellation or rescheduling require notice of a full seven days prior to your appointment for a refund of your reservation fee.

What forms of payment do you accept?

Pretty much anything except Bitcoin. Cash, Venmo, checks, cards, or bartering all work. I have never been offered chickens as payment and would consider such.

What is retouching?

Photoshop.

Oh.

Come on!

It’s magic!