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Stand out from the crowd

According to Forbes, the average number of people that apply for any given job is 118. Only 20% of applicants even get an interview. Everyone has a resume and a LinkedIn page these days. A top of the line headshot will make people stop and take notice.

Gain career confidence

You’ve heard, “dress for the job you want, not the job you have,” right? This saying applies to your headshot too. Top executives don’t announce themselves to the world with selfies or cropped wedding photos, and neither should you.

Elevate your personal brand

It may seem pretentious to think of yourself as a brand, but you really should. That doesn’t mean referring to yourself in the third person, but who you are in the professional world is more than just what you can do. Having a killer headshot will position you as an expert.


  • Take a look at your profile photo on LinkedIn.  What does it say about you? Does it tell people you’re someone who’s climbing the ladder or that your someone who settles for “good enough”?
  • Professional headshots aren’t just for performers anymore. 
  • Humans are visual creatures. Being a top professional in your field just isn’t enough. You need to convey that with your online persona as well.


According to Princeton psychologists, it takes 1/10th of a second for someone to form an impression of a stranger based on their face. Let that sink in for a second. In less than the time it takes to like a hilarious meme on Instagram, someone has already made up their mind about you based solely on your headshot.  Nailing a first impression online could mean the difference between getting that $250k/year job that sends you all over the world and relying on handouts from your in-laws for the rest of your life


Janine Low
Digital Marketing Professional​

“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!”

Kaitlyn Thomas

“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.”

Tyne Darke
Senior Content Marketing Specialist

“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.



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.


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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.

Headshots Denver


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.

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As soon as we’re finished shooting, you’ll have a few different options.  If you’ve purchased the most basic package, you’ll select which image you want on the spot, I’ll export and upload it, and you’ll walk out the door being completely finished.  If you’ve purchased any of the upgraded packages, I’ll upload the images to my proofing site, you’ll select which one(s) you want, and then I’ll expertly retouch and color grade them.


Hi, I’m Brian Schmittgens, and I create high-end headshots for modern professionals.  Let me help you kick your career into high gear.

 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!


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.


Let’s face it, even if you’ve got a great complexion, you could probably still use a little retouching.  Maybe you spent too much time on the beach on spring break back in college.  Maybe you’re part of the unlucky 50% of adults that still has persistent acne (didn’t people tell us it would go away after high school?).  Maybe you just have bad skin.

I don’t use filters that smooth your skin to the point of looking plastic and make your eyes look like you’re about to turn into the Hulk.  I make dozens of minor adjustments that add up to make you look like the best version of yourself.


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.

It’s extremely simple. Just click here to go to my booking page. Select an available date and time, pay the 50% deposit, and you’re all set. If none of the available times work for you, just click here to send me a message, and we’ll find a day time that does work.


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.