FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WILL YOU DIRECT ME?
Yes. You are in very good hands. I have excellent tips and tricks to make you look and feel your utmost best. My direction is very precise and before we even take the first picture we’ll be working some key tips. I also shoot every session into my laptop, so we can review the images together to ensure the direction I’m providing is indeed helping.
WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
Payment is due the same day of the session. If this isn't possible, let me know, we can discuss it. I'm flexible and understanding. So just reach out and let's talk.
- Cash *please bring exact change, don't forget the GST.
- Cheque *made out to Ryan Parker Photography.
- E-Transfer * sent to email@example.com.
- Credit * there is an additional 4 percent charge on all credit card payments.
Please ensure that all payments include G.S.T.
SHOULD I DO MY OWN MAKEUP AND HAIR? DO YOU HAVE TIPS?
For men, come as you are. I highly suggest men do not wear makeup. If you are concerned about darker circles under your eyes, blemishes or anything else… don’t worry. I treat my retouching like digital makeup, it’s much easier to clean it up in post. If you wear makeup, we will see it, so keep it off.
For women, If you choose to get your makeup done by a professional, I highly recommend going with one of the specialists I've teamed up with at Blushed Beaute, currently my go to person is Calvin however, if he's busy there are a plethora of incredible artists there. I've worked out a deal for my headshot clients, instead of the $85.00 fee for makeup, they're graciously dropping the fee to $75.00. If hair is needed (simple curling, smoothing etc), there would be an additional charge of $50.00 (vs. $85.00). If you're interested in setting up an appointment, you can let me know when booking. If you plan on going elsewhere, or doing your makeup yourself, that is completely fine. I will send you more information and direction prior to the shoot. To be brief, keep it simple, makeup fads will date your headshot, a natural look is timeless.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Keep it simple. Bring as much clothing as you want, you might not wear every item but it's better to have options. I have a place you can hang it all up, and change. Remember, when you're picking out clothing options to bring consider how they look from the chest up. Typically the photo will be cropped above the chest, so focus on the shoulders and the neck line of the outfit. You want clothes that give a clean, defined look. Have a look at my portfolio to see the type of clothing that work. Once you book the session with me, I'll send you to a more detailed page with clothing information.
CAN YOU SHOOT AT OUR OFFICE?
Providing that your office has a suitable space for the setup of an on-location studio, then absolutely, YES. Contact me and inquire about the On-Location TEAM PORTFOLIO SESSION and we can start figuring it out.
DO YOU OFFER GROUP DISCOUNTS?
Absolutely. Pricing will vary depending on the size of the group, if you require in-studio or on-location and other variables. Contact and inquire about the TEAM PORTFOLIO SESSION, with a rough estimate of what size of group and if you’d prefer to come to me, or I came to you.
DO YOU OFFER A NEW HIRE PROGRAM?
Yes. For companies who book the TEAM PORTFOLIO SESSION, I offer a discounted rate on my in-studio EXPRESS SESSION. This rate will remain the same from the date of booking, even if individual package rates increase over time.
DO YOU ALWAYS SHOOT HORIZONTAL AND CROP INTO THE TOP OF THE HEAD?
Unless otherwise requested, yes I do. I truly believe shooting horizontal helps emphasize the expression, and the portrait style is an out-dated look for headshots. Most online profile pictures are cropped square and are on the smaller side of the pixels, so it's important to get in as close as possible to show off that killer expression. However, I do understand that not every headshot needs to be shot this way, and that you may be under specific requirements. Please be sure to communicate that you either need portrait orientation, or the top of your head in the images prior to the shoot.
DO YOU ONLY SHOOT THE GREY/WHITE/DARK MINIMAL BACKGROUND?
Short answer, no. However, I truly believe you don’t want to muddy your brand by adding complicated distracting backgrounds. If you have a certain ' you are going for, please let me know prior to the session. The rates listed here are for in-studio sessions that are represented in portfolio, so if you’re going for a different look from the portfolio, additional costs may apply.
DO YOU OFFER HEADSHOT PRINTING
No, not directly. However, you are welcome to order prints through me as I get a business discount through a high quality printer. I highly suggest you print through me, or with Rocket Repro to ensure quality. The last thing you want is to print at London Drugs and find that there is a magenta hue in it from the poor quality of the printing. I've dealt with this on a plethora of occasions.
WHAT IS THE HEADSHOT CREW?
The Headshot Crew is essentially a forum for headshot photographers to meet, discuss and learn the art of headshot photography. It is the brain child of the world’s premiere headshot photographer Peter Hurley, and has over 1500 active members. I joined the crew in September of 2016 and very quickly took to the guidance I received from Peter and many of the other international headshot photographers. Within six months, I was named one of 80 Associate photographers worldwide and within just 3 months from becoming Associate, Peter I became a Mentor. Mentor’s are handpicked by Peter himself, they are leaders in the community he has built. There are only 26 worldwide, and I am the only Canadian Mentor. It’s a huge honour and I wear it proudly. Through the Headshot Crew, not only am I ahead of the pulse with the headshot world, I’m also helping that pulse beat.