Why do I need a business portrait?
Image is everything. A fresh business portrait is a valuable tool to help your clients connect with you. Sometimes called a business publicity portrait or simply a head shot, this is the photograph you use on your business card, send out with press releases about your business, put on your website, include in the office portrait gallery, print in your company brochure, or use in your yellow pages ad. If you are an executive, sales agent, or in another occupation that demands a great image, you need to keep your business portrait current.
Your business portrait represents you and your company. You can’t represent your business or profession with an outdated or unprofessional image of yourself. The quality of your portrait affects how the world sees you. Make a lasting impression with an image that conveys the friendliness, warmth, and professional trust you bring to your work. We care how you look, and it shows in what we do. A good business portrait is a necessity, not a luxury.
We guarantee you’ll be satisfied with your business portrait from Jordan Photography. If you’re not completely satisfied with the quality of your portraits, we won’t charge you! In fact, we’ll pay to have another professional photographer, of your choice, re-take your portraits (up to the cost of the original portrait session).
What is a business portrait?
A business portrait is usually a head and shoulders portrait, done in the studio against a solid or lightly-textured neutral background. We use professional lighting designed to flatter your face and create an image that will reproduce well in print or on the web. A broad package of usage rights is included in every business portrait package.
What can I expect at my portrait sitting?
Your sitting will be scheduled for 30 minutes, but we find that most people are finished in less time. I’ll spend a little time getting to know you and learn the personal image you want to convey through your portrait. You’ll have time to adjust your hair, makeup, and clothing. I’ll make final lighting adjustments. Then we’ll shoot a variety of poses and facial expressions, typically about 30 exposures in all.
Most people choose one outfit ahead of time, but you’re welcome to bring a couple of jackets or an extra necktie if you’re not sure which one will look best.
What should I wear to my portrait sitting?
Solid colors (black, dark blue, gray, or pastel colors; white works for some people. Please do not wear clothes that will take the focus from your face. Wear something you will be comfortable in and that is darker or lighter then your skin tone, which will create contrast and better frame your face. Be aware that when converted to black and white, the color will turn a shade of gray. Bring a variety of necklines; I find V–necks to be a good choice for women. When in doubt, bring it with you.
Do I need to do any special grooming?
You want to look your best, so pay a little extra attention to your grooming before your portrait session. If you need a fresh haircut, have it done about a week ahead. Facial shine is extremely detrimental to a great portrait. If your skin is oily, shiny, or perspires heavily, you should dust it lightly with cosmetic powder. This goes for men, too.
Men: If you have an afternoon appointment and a heavy beard, you may want to shave mid-day to avoid the “five o’clock shadow” look. If you wear a beard or mustache, they should be neatly trimmed.
Women: Wear your normal makeup and lipstick. Even if you prefer a natural look, a good foundation can smooth out skin tones, and a little lipstick and mascara can bring out your features. You may want to apply your makeup slightly heavier than normal and add some color to your cheeks and lips to enhance your appearance and help minimize any imperfections.
What about glasses?
If you normally wear glasses, they should be part of your portrait. We control the reflections to the best of our ability by adjusting your pose. If you have thick lenses or have had severe reflection problems in the past, you may want to ask your optometrist to loan you a frame with no lenses for your portrait.
What else should I bring to my portrait sitting?
If possible, bring your current head shot and samples of headshots that you like. This will help us capture the personality you want to present to the viewer.
How do I schedule my portrait?
Call Jordan Photography at 913-814-7740 at least two days before your preferred portrait date. More advance notice is better.
How fast can I get my portraits?
We strive to provide your finished digital files within a day after your sitting. We’ll notify you by e-mail with a link to download your finished digital files.
What do I get with the standard business portrait package?
Choose one pose from your portrait session. We’ll do our basic retouching and then prepare your reproduction-ready digital files. You get your portrait in a JPEG format. Prints are available for an additional charge.
What does the business portrait package cost?
The standard business portrait package is $75. (Session fee is $35 and the image is $40.)
Can I get more than one pose, or extra prints?
Yes, for a modest additional fee when you request them as part of your original order. File preparation for each additional pose is $40.00.
Copyright and usage:
All photography is copyright by John A. Jordan, photographer. You are purchasing a license to reproduce your portraits in press kits, newsletters, brochures, business cards, websites, and local advertising for an unlimited time period.
What payment methods do you accept?
We accept you check, VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards. Payment is due at the time of scheduling your appointment.
Can you come to our office and photograph the whole staff?
Yes, we can bring our studio lights and background to your office and photograph your staff. This saves time for your people and can be cost-effective if you have many individuals who need photographs at the same time because they don’t have to travel to our studio. You need to provide a room with a 10’ ceiling and at least 10’ x 15’ floor space.
Our location charge is $150 to any business in the Kansas City Metro Area. Individual portraits are discounted to $35 each for eleven or more people photographed on the same day in the same location. We include an office master CD with everyone’s portraits at no additional charge.