J Heroun of JHerounPortrait Specializes in Headshots and Portrait Photography, Boston/New York
Headshot FAQs and Tips
Why do I need a
A well-crafted portrait represents you at your absolute best and ups your game whether competing for jobs, roles, clients, or dates. It’s also a positive indicator of your self-worth and professionalism
Like many people, I’m a bit self-conscious and being photographed provokes anxiety. What can I do to relax in front of your camera?
It’s important that you’re having a good time because that comes through in your picture. My job is to help you relax, have fun, and enjoy the ride. And if you love music as much as I do, let me know what you like and we’ll play it to help set the mood.
How long is a session?
Usually between 45 to 60 minutes of camera time, not including preparation, grooming, etc. A full makeup look can take about the same amount of time and double that for hair. It all depends on what you want. But your time is valuable, so we aim to keep your session prompt and efficient.
Can I suggest a location?
Absolutely. We can take your picture at your home or office, at a park or plaza—anything is possible, just ask.
What's your advice
on what to wear?
We can consult with you on the best options from your existing wardrobe, depending on your objectives. For example, a profile shot for LinkedIn may be styled differently than one for an online dating site. Always keep in mind that solid colors and simple lines eliminate distractions and provide the best results.
Fine patterns or stripes can cause an undesirable ‘moiré’ effect, which is when a fine pattern, like that on a shirt, clashes with the intricate pattern of pixels on the camera sensor. Props like hats and jewelry can be used with discretion unless it is an integral part of your character.
What about hair, makeup, and grooming?
We can arrange special bookings on-set or you’re free to handle it yourself and arrive prepared. Be aware that professionally applied makeup generally guarantees the best results. However, if you choose to do your own makeup, we can provide a list of pointers.
How can I best prepare for the big day?