City by the Bay
MY RATES AND MY APPROACH
Chris Moser, US Based Creator
Chris Moser and his Redballoon Brand is about providing you an experience that will not only produce impactful photographs but will allow us to capture compelling images that will represent your own business or personal brand.
HEADSHOT/PORTRAIT SESSION INFORMATION
WOMEN'S MAKEUP+ $400-$600
Optional, but highly recommended.
For his headshot clientele, Chris offers a session that is designed to get the widest range of shots for you to use for your personal brand. He shoots all his headshots from above the chest and concentrates on coaching you to produce a number of different facial expressions that capture your unique personality. He highly recommends multiple changes and to over-pack if possible. He always says if it's not there he can't shoot it! Having a wider range of clothing options allows for more variation within your session. He spends whatever time he needs to make sure you are happy with the outcome of your session and certainly doesn't like his clientele to feel rushed in any way, shape, or form.
For Chris' portrait clients, he not only likes to shoot a variety of looks but also varies the lighting and backgrounds as well. These sessions generally last a minimum of 1-3 hours and include a wide gamut of images from headshots to full body and everything in between.
Throughout the session, you will be reviewing the images with Chris to decide whether or not you feel it would be beneficial for your personal brand. By narrowing down in this manner it allows for us to only focus on the cream of the crop and anything that you don't feel would be in your best interest to keep will be deleted.
HEADSHOTS VS. PORTRAITS
Headshots definitely became our thing as we honed in on the genre and the popularity of our work flourished, however, we both began our careers focusing 100% on portraiture. That's why we absolutely love the opportunity to create unique portraits for those that choose the longer session with us.
During a headshot session, we keep the camera up close and personal. All the images are captured from the chest up while we concentrate on coaching you toward your best expression. That's 100% on us and something we pride ourselves upon. We'll coach you throughout the entire process to not only capture superb imagery but to educate you on what angles and expressions work best for you. We often vary the background colors and love a variety of clothing changes over the course of the session. As you can see from our work, we have created beautiful lighting that is headshot specific and matches of aesthetic that we believe will have you looking your best.
Our portrait sessions are where we love getting creative and vary things up quite a bit. We'll be including portraits along with your headshots, so you'll have an assortment of different backgrounds, lighting and we change the proximity of the camera to the subject as well. You’ll walk away with a broader range of pictures and everything you'll need for your own personal branding purposes.
ABOUT THE SESSION
We photograph our in-studio headshot sessions out of our Chelsea studio on West 26th Street in Manhattan. We like our clientele to bring a variety of clothing options and generally shoot a handful of different looks throughout each session.
We will be capturing and discussing the images as we go. Inspecting the shots in this way helps us to determine their viability for your use. In doing so, we will be able to adjust the focus of the session to account for anything we feel you could additionally benefit from along the way.
At the end of the session, we'll sit down and review each shot from the entire shoot individually. After discarding the obvious shots that you won't need we'll hone in on the ones you'll end up keeping. Throughout this process, we'll be narrowing down your selection so you only leave with the best of the best. We consult our clients on things like expression, what can and can't be done in the retouch, as well as making sure you have a nice range of shots to utilize from your shoot. there is variety for you from the session. By the end, you'll determine the images that you are going to purchase and know they really are the cream of the crop. They will go off to the retoucher and be delivered to you a week later.
Feel free to bring a range of different options for clothing. The #1 rule for us is that you have to love it! If you don’t feel comfortable in it, you most likely won’t shoot well while wearing it. We suggest you bring a range of different cuts, colors, and necklines. For our corporate clients, we like the men to have a variety of jacket/shirt/tie combos, and for the women some options of blouse/dress/jacket combos. Keeping jewelry to a minimum is key, studs or small earrings work, and simple necklaces, anything hanging or chunky will usually draw too much attention to itself. If you wear glasses and have multiple pairs, then we'd appreciate you bringing them along in order to ascertain their glare factor. If you have any doubt about whether something will work or not just bring it. Layers are fantastic for the actors and no need to be seasonal; everything from t-shirts, tank tops to sweaters and light jackets can work. Have some fun with this, if you feel your wardrobe is missing something then go shopping and we’ll keep the tags on it in case you’d like to return the items after the shoot. We have a steamer in the studio, so we'll be able to easily sort out any wrinkling for you.
HAIR AND MAKEUP
Makeup for the session is not required but highly recommended for all women. The cost for makeup during your session is listed above and includes hair help.
The makeup is applied specifically for the lighting we use and we usually start very naturally to give you a very clean simple look. We do touch-ups and will add subtle changes to the makeup as the shoot progresses. If you’d like to start off a little heavier on the makeup we are happy to do that as well, just let us know.
We ask that everyone come in with their hair ready the way you would like to present yourself. We want your hair in your pictures to be as close as possible to the way you look on a fantastic hair day and can't have you showing up to the studio as if you just rolled out of bed. Of course, our makeup artist is there to make sure it’s shoot-ready and we will discuss what you’d like to do with it and make a game plan at the beginning of the shoot.
If you need a major overhaul hair-wise or you are naturally curly and want to go straight there may be an extra $50 charge for our makeup artist to blow it out for you. Make sure you discuss this with us prior to your session, so we are all on the same page.
We don't recommend makeup on men, but our makeup artist can provide light grooming for skin and hair on the shoot if you like. Just inquire with us about pricing prior to your session. Our professional retouching usually covers any issues that may arise skin-wise, so there are no worries in that dept.
If you’d like to shoot with facial hair we’d be happy for you to come in with whatever level of growth you’d like and can shave or trim it down once we’ve gotten the scruff covered. Bring whatever grooming products you’ll need with you to get it done.
SCHEDULING AND PAYMENTS
We are normally available for shooting Monday through Friday and we usually schedule 1-2 sessions a day starting around 11 am. We are happy to tweak the time of your booking, so feel free to request the best time that might work for you. We do ask that you don't schedule anything important right after your shoot in case we feel we need a little more time with you.
A 50% non-refundable deposit is required to book a spot on our calendar. The fee is due at the time of booking a shoot date and time. You may book online here or contact the studio and we will get you set up with a session that is perfect for you. If the times that are shown available don't work for you, but you'd like that specific day just reach out to us and ask! We are flexible and at times can possibly get you in on a weekend if need be as well.
We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Apple Pay. The remaining balance is due the day of the session.
We work with freelance makeup artists and you will be paying them directly, they require cash on the day of the shoot.
All deposit payments can be made via credit card, over the phone, or online invoice.