FAQ: Do You Get To Eat That?

Shooting editorial food photography assignments can be a little tricky. When you are shooting in a restaurant where people are eating, it always draws attention. It can be really fun to listen to what people are saying over your shoulder. For example, I was on a shoot at a diner shooting pancakes. The diner was pretty full, so I was on full display as I secured the pat of butter in the perfect spot with a toothpick and tweaked the lighting. When I poured on the syrup for the money shot the diner went quiet and I heard a woman whisper loudly “There he goes! He’s putting on the syrup!” like I was teeing off in a golf tournament. Sometimes people will come up and want to talk to you about what you’re doing, what type of camera you have, and how great my job must be. However, the number one question that I get when shooting at a restaurant is: “Do you get to eat that when you’re done?”

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Proofing, Post-Production, and Delivery

Ok, so we just wrapped on our photo shoot and you’re itching to look at the photographs we made together. What happens next? Luckily for you, in the age of digital photography, you won’t have to wait as long as you think. The following is the third installment in a series of Frequently Asked Questions that will help you understand all of the various parts to a professional photo shoot. For more information about corporate photography, check out jonathangayman.com/corporate

How will I be able to review proofs of the images after the shoot?

After each shoot I will provide you with a password protected link to an online gallery to review proofs of the images. The gallery will be available online for three months following the shoot date. Each gallery has a Light Box feature which you can use to choose and organize your selections.

How soon after the shoot will I be able to proof my images?

In most cases I will be able to have low resolution proof images online for your review within 48 hours following the end of the shoot. Complex shoots may take longer to process.

Can I get printed proofs of my images instead of an online gallery?

In addition to a digital gallery I can provide hard copy proofs and sample images, usually within several days following the end of the shoot. Pricing and delivery time are dependent on the number of images and your location.

What sort of post production do you do to the final images?

Most images require a minimum amount of post-production. All images from your shoot include standard post-processing which includes exposure correction, color-correction, and tone. Retouching is also available as well for an additional fee.

Do you do retouching?

I like to capture images as perfect as possible “in-camera” to minimize the amount of post-production retouching as possible. However, in some cases retouching is unavoidable. Retouching costs vary depending on the number of images and the complexity of the retouching required. If a project requires extensive composite work or creative retouching, I work with a dedicated retouching professional to provide you with the best possible final product.

How will my images be delivered?

Your final images will be delivered to you via password protected web gallery. You will be able to download low, medium and high resolution versions of the images. Web galleries will remain online for three months following the end of the shoot. Electronic transfer via FTP is also available.

Can I get my images delivered on DVD?

Image DVDs can be ordered at any time. Pricing varies based on the number of DVDs ordered and shipping method.

Can I order hard copy prints of my images?

I work with a number of excellent print labs both in St. Louis and in New York and can provide you with beautiful prints in virtually any size you’d like. Pricing and delivery times vary.

More Questions?

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Wardrobe, Makeup, and Style FAQ


I get a lot of questions about wardrobe advice and styling for corporate head shots. For some projects, the creative brief will dictate wardrobe and styling, but for professional head shots, what you should wear is largely dependent on the industry you work in and what the end use will be. The following is the second installment in a series of Frequently Asked Questions that will help you understand all of the various parts to a professional photo shoot. For more information about corporate photography, check out jonathangayman.com/corporate

What should I wear to my photo shoot?

The type and style of your clothing will depend entirely on the type of image you would like to project for your business, as well as your personality. If you work in an industry where business formal is the norm, then a suit would be appropriate. If you work in a more casual environment, then perhaps a nice pair of jeans and a t-shirt is more appropriate, or something in between. I can help you decide based on my experience working with both Fortune 100 companies and start-ups.

Not sure what your needs will be? Bring several outfits and we can shoot several styles. Do you have a “look” that you consider to be your trademark, like a certain pair of glasses or colorful suspenders? Not a problem! Just let me know and I’ll make sure that your signature look comes through in the images.

What sort of clothing and jewelry should I avoid?

The best head shot depicts you as a confident and successful professional. You should be the focus of the photograph, not what you’re wearing. Some kinds of fabric with loud patterns, complex pinstripes, or metallic highlights tend to “vibrate“ on camera. Likewise, large jewelry and accessories can be a distraction in the photographs and should be avoided.

Choose an outfit that is elegant, simple and of course well pressed and neat. Your outfit should also be one that you feel confident wearing. If you’re not sure? Feel free to bring along several outfits and I can help you choose. The same goes for accessories like ties, scarves, shoes, jewelry, and cuff links. Some look good on camera, others don’t. The more options you bring with you, the better

What does a stylist do?

A stylist is an image professional who works with the photographer to help make you look your best. On the day of your shoot, the stylist will help get you ready for your close-up by applying makeup, styling your hair and helping to make sure that your outfit is perfect. The stylist can augment your existing look, or help you to create a new and exciting one, just for your head shot. For complex shoots, sometimes a wardrobe stylist is necessary in addition to a hair and makeup stylist.

Do I really need a stylist?

While it is not absolutely necessary to utilize a stylist for your professional head shot, it is highly recommended that you include room for one in your budget. It is my goal to get the best possible image “in camera” so that I can help my clients avoid costly retouching and post production. The additional cost of a stylist is often offset by the time and money spent fixing poor wardrobe choices, fly-away hair, and blemishes that could be easily avoided. My experience has also been that when a client has hair and makeup done by a professional stylist, they feel more confident in front of the camera, and that confidence shows in the images.

How should I prepare for being styled for my photo shoot?

The best thing you can do to prepare for your photo shoot is to show up without any makeup and with clean hair without any product. This will provide the stylist with a blank slate to work with. In the event that you have meetings before or after the shoot that require you to wear makeup or to style your own hair, the best plan is to apply the minimum amount of makeup and hair product. The stylist will then build on your existing look. After the shoot, the stylist will help you remove any unwanted makeup and hair styling.

Do guys need a stylist too?

Hair and makeup styling before a photo shoot is not just for women. Many male executives and professionals can benefit from a stylist’s services. A small amount of makeup can make a big difference in the finished photographs. And don’t worry, the stylist will be happy to help you remove any unwanted makeup after the session before you head back to work.

More Questions?

Not finding the answers you’re looking for? Check out some of the other articles in the FAQ section. You should also feel free to call (314) 514-5238 or send an email to info@jonathangayman.com for a free consultation. You may also contact Jonathan by filling out the form below:

Corporate Head Shot FAQ

These days having a professional portrait is as important as ever. When you are asked to provide a head shot for a trade magazine or when you upload your picture to a social media site like LinkedIn or Facebook, you will want to have great images to choose from. Snapping a shot with your cell phone camera in the hallway outside your office isn’t gonna cut it. Unless you are a creative professional you have probably never had to hire a photographer. The following is the first installment in a series of Frequently Asked Questions that will help you understand all of the various parts to a professional photo shoot. For more information about corporate photography, check out jonathangayman.com/corporate

How do I know what kind of portrait I am going to need?

When you are ready to start thinking about have a portrait made, the first thing you should do is set up a time to talk over the project with me. I will be able to give you a recommendation on what I think will work best for you. The most important piece of information you can give me is an outline of what you’re going to be using the images for. If you’re going to be using the images for proposals, trade publications, general marketing and social media, a professional head shot is probably what you need. If you need images for an ad campaign or a annual report, you may need something a little more complex. I would be happy to schedule an in-person meeting or phone consultation to determine what will best suit your needs!

Do you shoot in a studio or on location?

Rather than making your head shot in a studio in front of the proverbial gray backdrop, I specialize in custom and creative location portraits. Choosing the location for your head shot is a big decision. We will talk over your marketing strategy together and will find a location that will suit your particular needs. For a head shot, the best location is one that provides an interesting visual texture to the image and is aesthetically pleasing without drawing attention away from the most important part of the image: you!

Can we shoot my head shot in at my office?

Your own office or home are the perfect places to start with our location search. Working locally means I will be able to provide images that are uniquely suited to your needs and reflect your every day environment. As an added bonus, working at your location means that you won’t have to take as much time out of your busy day to travel to a studio – I bring the studio to you!

My office isn’t very exciting, can we still shoot the head shots here?

In many cases, your office is the perfect place for your head shot – even if you think your particular space is boring. Over the years I have seen my fair share of drab office spaces and I have a lot of experience making even the most basic spaces look exciting.

Can you do head shots for a whole team?

Yes! Consistent head shots for your entire team can be a powerful marketing tool. I can help you create a library of images of your team that can be used individually or side by side. Once I know the number of people on your team and we decide on the specifics for your shoot I’ll be able to provide you with a time estimate to photograph the whole team. In addition to individual head shots, I can also photograph your team as a group.

Are you able to work within the confines of my company’s brand?

Many companies work with branding experts to develop a look and feel that is standard across all of their marketing materials and publications. I have extensive experience working with corporate branding and will work with your marketing and creative teams to make images which work within your brand guidelines.

I need something a little more complex than a head shot for my marketing needs. Can you help?

Yes indeed! In addition to head shots I also do corporate portraits, group portraits, and annual report photography. If your marketing needs are more involved and require something more than a simple head shot I would be happy to discuss the details with you. Depending on the type of shots you have in mind, there may be some additional logistics that factor into a location decision, particularly one that involves shooting on public or private property you or your company doesn’t own. Give me a call and let me know what you have in mind and I’d be happy to provide you with a recommendation.

Do you have experience working with marketing departments and creative teams?

You bet! Prior to opening my photography business I worked in corporate creative departments for more than ten years. With a background in graphic design, I can work with your creative team, marketing department, or agency to make images that fit seamlessly into a new or existing marketing campaign. Feel free to have your creative professionals contact me with questions, or we can sit down together as a group and figure out exactly what will work best for your situation.

More Questions?

Not finding the answers you’re looking for? Check out some of the other articles in the FAQ section. You should also feel free to call (314) 514-5238 or send an email to info@jonathangayman.com for a free consultation. You may also contact Jonathan by filling out the form below: