FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is the best way to get to your studio?
Our photography studio is located on 15 Queen Victoria Street just off of Queens Road in Central - Google Maps.
If you are coming from Central it is a very easy walk. From the start of the Mid-levels escalator, you can walk down and cross Queens Road Central to reach Queen Victoria Street. Our building entrance is about 3 stores down the hill on the right. We are on the 6th floor of 15 Queen Victoria Street in Unit 602.
If you are taking a taxi, tell your driver Central, Queen Victoria Street (域多利皇后街) and you should be set (Queen Victoria Street is a one way street and only two blocks long). Get off at the top of the street at the intersection of Queens Road Central. If all else fails, you can get off at the The Center (中環中心) which is the closest and biggest landmark only 1-block away.
Central can be get very busy with traffic and delays so plan accordingly (or email us if you are from out of town and want to know how much travel time to budget).
Is there parking near your studio?
There is a car park in the nearby Man Yee Building (entrance is on Pottinger Street), The Center (entrance is on Jubilee Street) or IFC.
How long is each session? What will you shoot?
Individual sessions are 30 or 60 minutes depending on the package. Group sessions vary with the size of the group. We shoot a variation of angles and expressions, then you and the photographer carefully select your favorite images for retouching.
What if I don't like the pictures?
We review all the shots with you during the session - you will not leave until you are happy with your photos.
What should I wear?
Men: Standard business look is a suit jacket, dress shirt and tie. Casual business can include a jacket and open dress shirt, a shirt and tie without jacket, or a dress shirt on it’s own. For a casual look without jacket, colored shirts work better – white dress shirt by itself is usually a bad idea unless it is underneath a jacket or sweater. Generally, clothes that are comfortable, fit well, and are neatly pressed always look great. Avoid busy patterns and large lines/stripes. Colored accents (like a tie or pocket square) can help add color or even complement colored eyes.
Women: Generally have a little bit more flexibility – standard business look is a jacket and a collared or collarless shirt/blouse. An open neckline can be quite flattering. Plain colors work well – blue, green, wine and purple are universally nice. Avoid big prints, busy patterns and large lines/stripes. For a casual look without jacket, colored shirts work better – white dress shirt by itself is usually a bad idea unless it is underneath a jacket or sweater. Generally, clothes that are comfortable, fit well, and are neatly pressed always look great. Keep jewelry small and simple – or it may distract from your face.
Do you provide makeup? Should I get makeup?
Our makeup artist can provide makeup in our studio or on-location immediately before the photo session for an additional fee (advance booking required).
Makeup will improve how you look on camera – models, actors and TV personalities always have makeup before shooting! That being said, small acne, blemishes, eye bags etc. are easily removed in retouching – so if you have a long night or a new pimple decides to pop up right before your headshot session, you will not need a makeup artist to cover up. For women in particular, if you are proficient in applying your own makeup, then a professional makeup artist may not be necessary. However, the opposite applies if you are particularly awful at applying your own makeup!
About 1 in 10 of our male clients and about 1 in 5 of our female clients have makeup professionally done before their headshot session.
What is included in retouching?
We apply what we call “standard retouching” to all images that leave our studio. The goal of our standard retouching is to make you look as fresh and clean as possible, including: lightening wrinkles or bags under the eyes, removing blemishes, pimples, lint or fly-away hairs, reducing shine, whitening teeth slightly, and smoothing out "bumps" in jacket shoulders or sleeves. If requested, we may additionally make the face slightly less round, slim bare arms, or enlarge one eye slightly to make more symmetrical. Any request outside of the above is subject to feasibility, and therefore may not be possible.
We never retouch to the point of looking fake or plastic.
Can you change the background in photoshop?
Generally, no. Professional models travel all over the world to shoot ad campaigns in front of the perfect backdrop – because a photoshopped background almost never looks as good as shooting in front of the real thing. Therefore, it is always preferable to shoot with actual backgrounds instead of photoshop.
We recommend letting us know ahead of time what type of background you need if you have specific requirements.