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What Are Executive Headshots?

Executive headshots are a specific type of business headshots widely utilized for various professional purposes, such as company websites, business cards, press releases, and LinkedIn profiles. When it comes to executive headshots, they are commonly featured on the company website, investor presentations, and press releases.

The primary objective of executive headshots is to highlight the subject’s professionalism, approachability, and competence. A remarkable headshot is a crucial initial stride towards establishing an exceptional personal brand that facilitates swifter job opportunities, enhanced sales performance, or allures potential investors to your company.

Are Executive Headshots Important?

Did you ever instantly form a positive or negative impression of someone? It’s common for people to create “first impressions” in just 1/8th of a second, with a significant impact on hiring, purchasing, and listening decisions. Learn more about how these initial perceptions shape our choices and interactions.

In today’s digital age, most first impressions occur online. Hiring managers rely on LinkedIn to screen applicants, potential clients visit company websites to research vendors, and investors turn to the About Us page to learn about company executives.

In this context, a remarkable business headshot is critical in making a favorable first impression on these individuals, significantly impacting your career and company.

What Do I Wear for Executive Headshots?

Your choice of attire depends on various factors, such as your personality, industry, and the intended placement of your photos. In fields like law and finance, it is advisable to adhere to conventional dress codes, such as wearing a formal suit and tie for men or its equivalent professional attire for women.

To determine the most suitable attire for your industry, take a moment to browse through LinkedIn and observe the dressing styles of successful senior executives in your field. Pay particular attention to individuals who have achieved notable success rather than merely those within your immediate network.

Remember the dictum, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” If you still are determining the appropriate dress code, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are always here to offer valuable guidance and assistance.


How Do I Pose for Executive Headshots

There’s no need to go overboard with your poses regarding business headshots. In our sessions, we prioritize minimalist poses, removing the odd and awkward positions some photographers might insist upon. Our focus is on showcasing your professionalism rather than our photography skill We recommend warming up with simple poses to start your session. Just stand tall and smile.

As the session progresses, we can explore some headshots with arms crossed and even capture candid moments. Rest assured; our goal is to capture your best self in a polished and authentic way.

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What Backdrops are Best for Executive Headshots?

We highly recommend using neutral backdrops in white, gray, or black shades for more conservative industries such as law and finance. These colors offer a crisp and reliable impression, conveying a sense of consistency. Explore our headshot backgrounds page to preview all the studio background options available.

However, if you belong to creative industries, non-profits, or the tech sector and want your photos to have a vibrant edge, choose a colored studio backdrop or consider an outdoor or in-office session. These photos tend to exude more personality.

For senior executives, CEOs, and entrepreneurs, it is advisable to have multiple photos that can be used across different platforms. Ideally, having a few outdoor shots in addition to your studio headshots would be beneficial.

Remember, having the same headshot on LinkedIn, the company website, and press releases can appear unprofessional.

At Zen Studios LA, we offer a wide range of studio backdrop options for you to choose from.

How Should I Prepare for Executive Headshots?

Preparing for your headshot in advance involves three essential keys. 

Firstly, prioritize getting ample sleep, regular exercise, and soaking up some sunshine in the weeks leading up to your session. While our talented editing team airbrushes your selected photos, your preparation will ensure that the result appears stunning.

Secondly, it’s recommended to briefly wear your desired clothing a couple of days before your session. This lets you ensure that your outfits fit well and don’t require any last-minute dry cleaning.

Lastly, take a moment to review some of your previous photos and identify any that resonate with you. Sharing these preferred photos with your photographer upon arrival at the studio will assist us in capturing your best angles and ensuring your satisfaction with the final results.

What If I’m Not Photogenic or Hate Getting My Photo Taken?

At Zen Studios LA, we make sure you’re in good hands! Many portrait photographers, unfortunately, create an uncomfortable atmosphere for their clients. They impose awkward poses and fail to understand their client’s needs truly. And if that’s not enough, they rush through the session.

But fear not! We are committed to crafting a delightful and stress-free experience for every client. Step into our studio and let the upbeat music set the mood. We value your input and continuously seek feedback to capture an extraordinary headshot you’ll proudly showcase online.

How Much Do Executive Headshots Cost?

Depending on geography, package, and provider, executive headshots can cost between $225 and above.

When pricing, it is essential to consider two key factors: licensing and retouching fees.

When it comes to licensing, it is common for photographers to grant ownership of photos only when they are “bought” from them. This ownership fee is separate from the “session fee,” which covers the time spent in the photographer’s studio.

Additional licensing fees may apply if you intend to use the photos for a press release, advertisement, magazine, or book cover.

Regarding retouching, many photographers charge between $225 and above. It is advisable to factor in these fees when calculating the total cost of your session.

Welcome to Zen Studios! Our sessions start at an affordable price, and you also get to keep 100% usage rights for ALL images from your shoot. And that’s not all! You’ll also receive a custom-retouched image of your choice. Exciting. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, we’ve covered you with our Virtual Headshot services. Don’t wait; book now and let us capture your best self!

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  • 1 Look (1 Outfit / 1 Backdrop)

  • Wardrobe Consultation

  • 1 Hi-res Retouched Image

  • Women – Makeup – Add $140

  • Men – Grooming – Add $125

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  • 2 Looks (Outfits and/or Backdrop Change)

  • Wardrobe Consultation

  • 2 Hi-res Retouched Images

  • Women – Makeup – Add $140

  • Men – Grooming – Add $125


  • On-Location Shoot – 120 min Session

  • Wardrobe Consultation

  • 10 Hi-res Retouched Images

  • Women – Makeup – Add $200

  • Men – Grooming – Add $125