Headshot photography services are for people who need photos for their acting, modeling or professional careers or people who want glamour or stylized headshots for personal reasons. Headshots can be taken outdoors or in a photography studio, home or office. Some people opt for outfit changes in their headshot package, and some stay with one look. Headshot are often used on LinkedIn, business or personal websites, social media, portfolios, marketing materials or advertising purposes. Photo services may include basic retouching (color adjustment, etc.) or advanced retouching (photoshop, blemish removal, etc.). A variety of factors affect the total cost of headshot photography.
If photographers are required to travel to a client, rates may be higher than if the photo shoot takes place in the photographer’s studio. The additional fee covers photographers’ time and transportation expenses in arriving at the job site, particularly if it is outside of their standard service range.
Headshots for modeling and acting or professional or social use are typically interchangeable cost-wise. The total cost generally includes the photographer’s time, editing of an agreed-upon number of photos and photo delivery—usually either online or in printed form. Here are a couple examples of session rates and what they include:
BlushPix in Wildomar, California: $200 for one session up to five hours and five to 10 photo edits (includes travel to client)
- Ambe J. Photography in Brooklyn, New York: $300 for one two-hour session, including unlimited looks and two high-resolution edited photos
Some photographers specialize in corporate headshots and offer those services in studio or in the client’s home or office. Prices can be higher if the photographer has to travel to the client’s office. Some photographers charge by the hour for corporate headshots, and some have set session rates. PR Dallas in Dallas, Texas, specializes in corporate headshots and charges $250 for each 30 minutes of in-studio time for headshot photo shoots with one retouched photo.
The number of retouched photos provided directly affects the cost of services. Each retouched photo requires more labor and refinishing expertise, and prices will rise accordingly. Here are examples of retouching fees:
BlushPix: $5 for each additional photo
Ambe J. Photography: $25 for each additional retouched photo (beyond the first two provided in her standard package)
PR Dallas: $100 for each additional retouched photo
$250 for a 30-minute photoshoot with one retouched photo
$350 for a 30-minute photoshoot with two retouched photos
- $450 for a 30-minute photoshoot with three retouched photos
Photographers may offer hair or makeup services as an add-on to the headshot session. This cost is typically not included in the base cost of photography services. Ambe J. Photography charges $60 for makeup services for men, $70 for makeup services for girls and teens, and $150 for makeup services for women.
Reputation and location
Photographers with an established or celebrity following may charge higher rates than those without. Geographic location can also play a role in headshot photography rates, with more rural areas seeing lower costs and more metropolitan areas having higher costs associated with the service.