HEADSHOTS THAT SAY
CORNER OFFICE, NOT CUBICLE
IT'S AS EASY AS 1, 2, 3
THE BEST YOU’VE
According to Forbes, the average number of people that apply for any given job is 118. Only 20% of applicants even get an interview. A resume and a LinkedIn page aren’t enough. A top of the line headshot will make people stop and take notice.
You’ve heard, “dress for the job you want, not the job you have,” right? This saying applies to your headshot and personal branding photography too. Top executives don’t announce themselves to the world with selfies or cropped wedding photos, and neither should you.
How many people do you know that say “I’m terrible with names”? The more disconnected we become as a society, the more visually driven we become. Most people you meet aren’t going to remember your name. Make it so that they can’t forget you.
DENVER HEADSHOT PHOTOGRAPHER
Hi, I’m Brian Schmittgens, and I create high-end headshots for modern professionals.
As someone who doesn’t like having their picture taken, it doesn’t get much better than when a client who’s dreading their headshot session is blown away by how awesome they look when I’m finished. If you’re ready to take your personal brand to the next level, let’s get started!
“Brian is an amazing photographer! He knows some very useful tips and tricks to ensure that every one of his headshots turns out great! I highly recommend him!”
“Brian at 5280 Headshots is truly great at what he does! He is my go-to for personal branding photography & headshots with all of my clients, because he not only takes great photographs, he is a master at making his subjects feel comfortable and powerful, which makes the end result far more than just a picture. He captures the expert & personality of the client in his photos.”
“Brian was VERY funny, easy to work with, and clearly knows his craft. My husband gets nervous about photos, but he did a great job putting him at ease — and needless to say, the photos came out GREAT.
"BUT I HATE GETTING MY PICTURE TAKEN!"
Guess what? You’re not alone. You’re actually in the majority of people I’ve worked with over the past decade. It’s bad enough when a friend or family member wants you to pose for a photo they’re taking on their phone, but it’s at least 10 times worse when someone is pointing a 42 megapixel camera with a razor-sharp lens at you, right? Well I’m here to help put you at ease. Between my fluid posing method and unparalleled sense of humor, you’ll feel right at home in front of my lens even if you’re dreading this more than a root canal.
OUR PROCESS: WHAT TO EXPECT
First thing’s first, I like to get to know my clients a little because a great headshot is all about making a real connection between the photographer and subject. How else are you going to relax with a giant lens and a bunch of lights pointed at you? Once you arrive at the studio, we’ll spend a few minutes chatting. While we’re getting to know each other, we’ll go over your wardrobe and styling options to make sure you look your absolute best. If you’ve opted to add a hair and makeup artist to your package (highly recommended), this will be his or her time to shine.
I like to keep it lighthearted, especially at the beginning of the shoot to ease you into it. I feel like I’m beating a dead horse at this point, but if you’re not relaxed, the pictures are going to show it. Tense shoulders, stale smiles, and deer-in-headlight eyes are all telltale signs of someone who’s uncomfortable in front of the camera. Fortunately, we’ll be old friends by this point which means time will absolutely fly by as we work our way through a variety of poses, expressions, backdrops, and wardrobe. I shoot with my camera tethered to my computer which means you’ll be able to see how amazing you’re doing while we’re shooting.
After we’ve finished shooting, we’ll sit down together to go through all the amazing images we just created. After I clear out all the outtakes, I’ll help you narrow it down to your favorites over a coffee (or beer/wine if you’re so inclined), and then your job is done. From there, I’ll retouch your images to make you look even better, post them to a dropbox folder, and send you a link to download them within five business days. I’ll include both a high-res 5×7 version as well as a smaller square crop specifically sized for LinkedIn, but I’m always happy to provide any other crops you would like.
Do you have a group of employees that needs headshots but dread the idea of wrangling everybody up and getting them all to my studio? Well it’s your lucky day because I’m more than happy to come to you. As long as you’ve got a room that’s at least 15’x15′, we’re good to go. In addition to offering on location headshots, we have a new-hire program so that every new person you bring on board has the same top of the line headshot as everyone else on their team. No more org charts that are a mishmash of selfies, 10 year old mall portraits, and shots by that friend who just got their first DSLR.
For an additional cost and with a couple weeks’ notice, I can also order a custom backdrop to match your company’s branding.
HEADSHOTS NEAR DENVER
My studio is located in RiNo on the southwest corner of Washington St. and 50th Ave. in the Project Angel Heart building. Just go in the entrance on the north side of the building, up the stairs or elevator to the second floor, and you can’t miss it. For handicap accessibility, use the entrance on the west side of the building along Washington St., make a left, and follow it through the doors to the elevator up to the second floor.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and even Discover. A 50% deposit via credit card is due upon booking. The remaining balance, due before the start of the session, can be paid with credit, debit, cash, or check.
Just one. When you book a session with 5280 Headshots, you’re guaranteed to be working with me. A lot of discount headshot companies are popping up, and yes, they’re considerably cheaper. Of course, you have no idea who you’ll be shooting with. You might get lucky and get someone who really knows what they’re doing, but most likely, it’ll be an inexperienced photographer trying to make a few bucks on the side.
Typically, sessions last between 45 minutes and an hour and a half to accommodate several different backgrounds and wardrobe options. This isn’t an “in and out the door in 15 minutes” type of studio. The most important thing is to make you feel comfortable and to coach authentic expressions, and that takes time.
Yeah, you really do. Headshots are no longer just for performers. I’ve taken headshots of doctors, CEOs, students, small business owners, project directors, teachers, and people in many other careers that wouldn’t have needed a headshot 15 years ago. But in this digital age, pretty much everyone who cares about their career should have a professional headshot.
I don’t offer individual discounts, but I do offer them for groups of three or more. If my prices are a little out of your reach, grab a couple of your friends that could use a headshot as well.
I’m more than happy to make the trip to your office. On location headshot pricing starts at $1000. If you’re interested, please contact me for a detailed quote.
ABSOLUTELY. Professional hair and makeup artists are worth their weight in gold when it comes to getting a top of the line headshot. I keep it as an optional add-on, but it is highly recommended for women.
PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOTS DENVER