Headshot FAQs

If you have a million questions about your upcoming headshot session, this is your place to get answers!  Here are some of the most common questions that I've been asked before.  And if you don't see your answers on this page, feel free to email me at todd@todddouglasphoto.com, call me at 334-714-1045 or contact me with the form on this page.  I'll respond right away!



Where does the shoot take place?

I am able to shoot in a studio space on the North side of Fort Walton Beach, Florida or come to your location.  If you've already booked a session, this is something we have already talked about.  If not, send me a quick note and we can discuss this more to see what works best for your brand. 

What should I wear?  How many clothing options are needed?

More options the better!

Always bring clothes that match your brand, style and personality.

Avoid all black clothes or all white clothes, they tend to lose detail in the photos.  They can also blend into the background if we shoot on a solid black or white background.  Side note - Some business portrait individuals have to wear black suits and tops.  If that's the case, no problem, I can work with that - just let me know ahead of time so I can bring additional lights.

Solid colors are best.  Patterns don't work well.

Make sure any clothes that you bring are clean and neatly pressed. This goes double for collared shirts and suits. The camera picks up a lot more detail than you think.

Blue Jeans always look great on camera, unless they are dingy and torn. For headshots your lower half won't make it in to most of the pictures, but don't neglect to pick out some good pants for the shoot.

Make sure to dress comfortable but classy, v-neck and u-neck sweaters and shirts are great. For women tank-tops are always good, stay away from clothes that are too tight or uncomfortable.

Collared button down shirts are great, a solid color with a crisp-clean white shirt underneath for the men and a stylish solid color for women. All shirts need to be clean and pressed.

Be rested and drink plenty of water the day before your shoot, it is amazing for your skin.

Don't bring any jewelry or props; the shoot is all about you, not accessories.  Any minimal jewelry that you typically wear should be fine and we can discuss on the shoot day.

Any color is great for tops, but remember that bright colors can draw away from your face so pick something muted that matches your eye color and skin tone.

What about hair and makeup?

Hair and makeup is not included in the session fee. Most of the time men can get by without using professional hair and makeup, but the interwebs recommend a powder or foundation to help even out skin tones and to keep the face from looking shiny. I'll go ahead and say that very few actually do this but the option is there and will improve your overall skin quality. You can pick up a powder in your color at any department store, we recommend the MAC counter or a beauty supply store where you can get professional help picking the right color.

For women, I always recommend professional makeup. A professional makeup artist knows how to make you look your best for the camera.

You can bring your own makeup artist to the shoot, or we can provide you with a list of local HMUA's in your area.

Make sure to let us know when you schedule your appointment what you prefer.

How long does it take to get my final images?

For most headshot sessions, my turnaround time is three business days to get your preview gallery of images. Once you make your retouching selections it is typically another two to three business days before your final, edited images are delivered to you. If you have a deadline and need something even faster, be sure to let me know when you book.

How much retouching do you do?

Straight out of the camera your images will be pretty much ready to go. I use the right lighting and posing techniques to make you look your best. Before I deliver the images to you, I'll sort through and ditch any of the blinky or blurry ones, color-correct and crop them.

I do include a few high end retouches for the final images - depending on the package you select. Each image you order is then given the highest level of attention to reduce and remove wrinkles and blemishes as well as stray hairs and dark circles. The key is to enhance the image without making you look fake.  If you would like additional images with the same treatment, I'll send you an estimate on what that costs.