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NILS DECKER

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How Much Do Headshots in Toronto Cost?

How much headshots in Toronto cost depends on a few factors. The time you shoot, the number of looks you want, how many images you'd like to be delivered, as well as the experience and quality of your photographer.


Getting new headshots is an investment into yourself and your career advancement! Below I'm exploring some of the factors that influence how much your headshot session in Toronto costs and try helping you find a suitable photographer for your budget.

How much headshots in Toronto cost depends on a few factors. First and foremost, most photographer charge clients based on how much time they take to shoot with you, how many looks you'll get (see more on that below) and how many images will be delivered as finals after the shoot is done. More time means the cost goes up. More different looks means that your photographer needs to create a new lighting setup or change your background and that requires time and thus brings the cost up. More images to be retouched and delivered, also means that there likely is a higher cost associated with your headshot photo session. Last but not least, how much headshots in Toronto cost also depends on the experience level of your photographer.

Mini sessions

Like with any business, time = money so the amount of time your photographer spends with you determines how much they will charge for their services. Keep in mind that the actual shoot time often seems very short because it's the time to set up, that is what is most time-consuming for your photographer.

If you just need quick headshots for LinkedIn or social media, typically what photographer call a "mini session" will be fine. Those sessions rarely take longer than 20 minutes and the cost ranges from $175-$300. We actually specialize in Linkedin Headshots which includes a mini-session package.

2. Find your photographer, send them your samples

The second business headshot tip is to contact a photographer after you have nailed down a look or a few looks that you like. Most photographers should do a free quick consultation to discuss what you want prior to your business headshot session with them. If they don't, well, I recommend you try finding someone else 😉

Two more things are important to consider here: ask your chosen photographer if they are able to give you the look that you chose. Some headshots require more elaborate lighting techniques which not every photographer can get. Check out their website or just ask for samples similar to what you sent them. Secondly, if you do not feel super happy about your samples, see if your photographer can help you out to find a great look for you.

3. Pick your outfits

We generally recommend to our clients to wear what they would usually wear to work. Nobody likes to look at a business headshot of someone in a suit to find out that they usually wear sneakers and shorts to work. It is best to wear the nicest version of the clothes you'd wear to work daily.

One thing to keep in mind is to avoid distracting patterns on your business headshot session day. Lots of stripes, a checkered shirt, your last Hawaiian shirt are best kept at home when you have your photos taken. Clean and simple colors usually work the best and should be complemented by an appropriate backdrop.

Oh, and please do not forget to wash your clothes, check for stains, iron them, and have a few options... We have seen it before that people manage to spill their Starbucks coffee over their shirt on their way to the studio and then need to scramble to find something else.

4. Hair & Makeup & Beards

Business headshot tip number 4 does not apply to everyone but is something to keep in mind prior to your session. It might be a good idea to have your hair done the day of your headshot session. Especially for longer hair it's often harder to control on set. We do work with hairstylists that can be present for your shoot.

If you wear makeup to work, probably put some on for your headshot session too. Typically we see only women have elaborate makeup done, but some men also prefer hiding darker spots under their eyes or just making the skin look a little more even. This is something that our retouching crew can also do after the shoot in the editing process.

We love beards. We love no beards. But nothing in between. That's really a joke, but we recommend to either committing to having stubbles (2-3 days or more) or being clean-shaven. If you just didn't shave for one day, your face will usually look gray and it's very hard to make that go away even with advanced retouching methods.

5. Posing and Confidence

Unless you're a naturally born extrovert that loves posing for the camera, chances are it's a little intimidating if not outright uncomfortable to have your photo taken. We have been there (in fact I still greatly prefer being behind rather than in front of the camera).

If you feel like it, you can look up some good poses (there is lots of resources online). But generally we don't recommend it, as it stresses people out more than it actually helps on set. We always make sure our clients are relaxed and feel comfortable. I am one of the rare Germans with a sense of humor and a pretty funny accent. So we will have a good time and your images will look stunning! You do not need to know your better side or come fully prepared with a set of poses. It is quite a painless process and I always get you in and out of there in half the time you think you'll need.

6. Choosing a Backdrop

I always recommend going with the most simple background possible. Not because I like all headshots to look the same and look boring, but a business headshot is meant to make the viewer focus on you. Not on the cool car in the background or the fancy restaurant you went to. That is, of course, somewhat different when you shoot on location (for example at your office or at a studio), but those are things you can plan with us.

If you know in advance which color backdrop you want, great. If not I recommend going with white/black/gray. Because if push comes to shove, we can always put another background in with some of our more advanced retouching methods.

7. Sleep and Hydration

Looking well-rested during your business headshot session is probably one of the most crucial elements of your shoot. We do not recommend pushing an all-nighter at the office (less so at the bars) if you are shooting with us. It will show greatly in the photos, no matter how much coffee you drink to wake up.

Speaking of which, the second tip here is to hydrate very well prior to your shoot. It will help your lips to look smoother and is good for you anyway!

So that's it - 7 simple business headshots tips for you to look your best. If you found these useful, feel free to share them with your friends and contact us if you have any questions or feedback.


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