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HEADSHOT Photography

Chris Schmitt Photography is the top headshot photography studio in LA and Ventura County. The studio is in Westlake Village, and holds a perfect 5- STAR rating and dozens of amazing reviews. Their services are trusted by businessmen and women, realtors, authors, speakers, politicians, actors, models, lawyers, doctors and dentists, entrepreneurs, and executives across Los Angeles and Ventura County.


Chris Schmitt Photography strives to make our clients look their best and to capture their personality in unique and creative ways. Each headshot session comes with FREE RETOUCHING and our highly experienced team is here to help you every step of the way. Come join us and see why we are the top headshot studio in Ventura County.

"Chris helped me with some new headshots for business cards and other marketing material. His studio is beautiful and I am so pleased with the outcome of my photos. He was patient and gave me some great advice on what to do during my shoot. I hope to use Chris again for future photography needs." - Falon


Why Choose Us?

• Voted Top Headshot studio in Ventura County

• Dozens of 5-STAR Reviews

• Same Day Delivery

• We include complimentary retouching on your favorite image!

• Both Web-Optimized size for Linked-In and Print-ready Size for Business cards Included!

• We offer a 100% no-risk guarantee that you will love your headshots or it's FREE!

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Tips and Tricks for preparing for your Professional Headshots at
Chris Schmitt Photography and 805 Studios:

1. Hair

Before you start shooting, take a look in the mirror to make sure your hair looks natural and nothing is out of place. A little bit of hairspray or moisture is a good idea to bring with you, but don’t go overboard. You want to make sure you maintain your natural look. Before your official shoot begins, we will take a practice image that you can review to make sure everything looks in place. 

2. Makeup 

When shooting a professional headshot, a little makeup goes a long way. It's always best to start light and layer as needed. Once you see how your makeup appears on camera, you will quickly see that less makeup goes a long way, even if you are accustomed to wearing more. Powder is always good to have to reduce shine under the lights. If you need any advice, ask us and we will be happy to help.

3. Wardrobe 

Make sure everything is clean and wrinkle-free. Stay away from loud patterns and distracting logos/or graphics.You can hang your clothing items on our wardrobe racks in the studio.We do have a steamer on set, but taking the time to steam your wardrobe can take away time from shooting. If you run hot or sweat when nervous, stick to darker colors. If needed, we carry lint rollers and clothespins to make any small adjustments needed to wardrobes while shooting.

Wardrobe Tips for Men:

If you are a business professional looking for a new corporate headshot, I recommend bringing a few wardrobe choices with you  for the photoshoot. The "California Business Casual" look is very popular choice which is a white dress shirt and Navy or Black Blazer with no tie. Or if you are someone with a more executive level of employment, adding a tie is a great choice. A dress shirt without Jacket is also an option but make sure the shirt fits well and the Untucked dress shirts often work best for this look.

  1. Classic Dress Shirt:

    • Choose a well-fitted dress shirt in solid colors like white, light blue, or subtle patterns.

    • Ensure that the shirt is clean, pressed, and fits well.

  2. Suit or Blazer:

    • A tailored suit or blazer adds a sophisticated touch. Stick to neutral colors like black, navy, or charcoal gray.

    • If wearing a suit, make sure the jacket and trousers fit well.

  3. Tie:

    • Wear a tie that complements your outfit. Stick to classic patterns or solid colors.

    • The tie should enhance your overall professional appearance.

  4. Dress Shoes:

    • Opt for polished dress shoes that match the formality of your outfit.

    • Ensure the shoes are in good condition and well-polished.

  5. Slacks or Trousers: (for full length requests only)

    • Pair dress slacks or tailored trousers with your dress shirt for a polished look.

    • Choose neutral colors that coordinate well with your shirt and jacket.

  6. Grooming:

    • Pay attention to grooming details, including well-groomed hair, clean-shaven face, or neatly trimmed facial hair.

    • Ensure nails are clean and trimmed.

  7. Minimal Accessories:

    • Keep accessories minimal. A classic watch or cufflinks can add a subtle touch.

    • Avoid excessive or distracting accessories.

  8. Neutral Socks: (for full length sitting shots requests only)

    • Choose neutral-colored socks that match your trousers and shoes.

    • Avoid flashy or patterned socks that may draw attention.

  9. Fit Matters:

    • Ensure that your clothing fits well and is comfortable.

    • Avoid overly tight or loose clothing for a polished appearance.

  10. Conservative Colors:

    • Stick to conservative and timeless colors for a professional look.

    • Avoid overly bright or flashy colors that may divert attention.

Tips for Women: 

  1. Classic Blouse or Button-Up Shirt:

    • Choose a well-fitted, classic blouse or button-up shirt in solid colors like white, light blue, or pastels.

    • Avoid bold patterns or prints that may distract from your face.

  2. Blazer or Tailored Jacket:

    • A structured blazer or tailored jacket adds a polished and professional touch.

    • Opt for neutral colors like black, navy, or grey for a timeless look.

  3. Simple Dresses or Skirts:

    • A simple, knee-length dress or a skirt with a blouse can be a stylish and professional choice.

    • Stick to solid colors or subtle patterns.

  4. Neutral Trousers or Slacks:

    • Pairing neutral-colored trousers or slacks with a well-coordinated top is a classic option.

    • Ensure that the fit is flattering and comfortable.

  5. Jewelry:

    • Keep accessories minimal and opt for subtle jewelry such as stud earrings or a simple necklace.

    • Avoid large, distracting accessories.

  6. Hair and Makeup:

    • Keep your hair neat and styled in a way that frames your face.

    • Opt for natural-looking makeup, emphasizing on a polished and professional appearance.

  7. Colors:

    • Stick to neutral and solid colors for a timeless and sophisticated look.

    • Avoid overly bright or flashy colors that may draw attention away from your face.

  8. Avoid Trendy Styles:

    • Choose classic and timeless styles that won't look outdated in the future.

    • Avoid overly trendy or casual clothing.

  9. Comfort is Key:

    • Ensure that you feel comfortable and confident in your outfit.

    • Avoid clothing that is too tight or too loose.

  10. Grooming:

    • Pay attention to grooming details, such as neatly manicured nails and well-maintained hair.


4. Water and Rest. Be sure to hydrate and drink plenty of water staring 48 hrs before the shoot. Try your best to get a full nights sleep the night before. This helps skin to look healthy and hydrated.

5. Communication is Key

Since headshot sessions are usually quite short, you should share your thoughts with your photographer beforehand to make sure you’re on the same page. Let them know exactly what you’d like to get from the headshots, in terms of the overall look and feel you’d like to go for and other expectations you may have. The more you communicate with us before the shoot, the easier it will be for us to meet your needs and produce great results.

**BONUS** We do shoot live to a large computer screen so you can preview the images in real time to make sure you love your new headshot!

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