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Headshot Photography prices 2021

Average Price
£75-£175

What is the price of Headshot Photography?

Want to snap some professional-looking headshots for your business? Read our handy guide to find out how much your photographer will charge for their services.

What is Headshot Photography?

As the name suggests, a headshot is a photograph that captures your face and shoulders, normally while wearing smart attire. The image will be used for official purposes depending on your industry. 

Headshots should convey a sense of professionalism, represent your company values while also showing aspects of your personality. Selfies or images taken at a wedding for example won’t cut the mustard, which is where headshot photography comes in. 

Headshot photography involves a photographer coming into your place of work and photographing your employees in an unformed way, making sure the pose, lighting and camera angles deliver the right kind of look. The high-quality images can be used for your website, professional profiles or general marketing materials.

Another popular use for headshot photography is for those in the entertainment industry, who are looking to build a portfolio. This includes trades such as actors, models, singers and presenters. Headshots can make or break a career, so they need to show the person off in the best light, and be true to character depending on the segment of the industry they work for.

How much does Headshot Photography cost?

The cost of headshot photography ranges between £75 and £175 per hour, with an average price of £125 per hour. 

Typically, headshot photography can be completed relatively quickly, especially for more basic setups. 

Though, longer time may be needed for entertainment style headshots, which will be more experimental in terms of angles, lighting, hair and makeup, backgrounds etc.

Headshot Photography prices
Average cost (per hour)£125
Minimum cost (per hour)£75
Maximum cost (per hour)£175

What changes the price of Headshot Photography? 

The cost of headshot photography varies depending on several factors, including: 

  • Type of headshot

  • Number of people

  • Allotted shot number

  • Post-production

  • Time

  • Experience

  • Location

Type of Headshot

A headshot for a marketing company website isn’t the same as a headshot for a Hollywood casting call. Each requires different skills from the photographer, to make sure the image fits the bill. 

Headshots can be commercial, comedic or dramatic in style. So the type of headshot you require may alter the price of the photographer, depending on their specialism. 

Typically, corporate headshots are the cheapest starting at just £75 per person. 

Team shots are the most expensive, ranging between £200 and £300 per session. This is due to the larger number of people that need photographing, which will take longer than one person.

Headshot Photography prices based on the type of headshot
Type of headshotHighest average priceLowest average price
Corporate£150£75
Entertainment£200£100
Modelling£175£110
Team£300£200

Number of people

Is the headshot just for yourself, or for 50 employees? There’s no limit to the number of people in your organisation who may require a headshot. Though with each additional person the photographer will have to work longer hours, therefore the cost will be more. 

However, the benefit for larger groups is that by using a headshot photographer, the images will be uniformed in terms of size, quality and style. This is important for website images in particular. 

Allotted shot number

Although more of a rarity these days, some photographers still work by the number of camera shots they will give you per shoot. For example, 50 shots per person. If this is the case, then the greater number of shots you select, the more it will cost you. 

Post-production

As with all forms of photography, you can usually request post-production for an additional fee. This could include anything from background removal to blurring a pesky blemish. Post-production doesn’t usually come as standard, so ask your photographer if it’s something you are concerned about. Remember, the headshot still needs to look natural, so excessive editing isn’t recommended. 

Time

The amount of time the photographer estimates the job will take will be factored into your quote. Some photographers may also charge by the hour rather than a fixed fee. Consider the time needed to not only take the shot but set up the background and lighting. Plus any time required for post-production editing. 

Experience

Photographers vary from those who are new to the profession to those with decades of experience. It might only be a headshot, but that image will speak a thousand words. So consider the experience of the professional carefully, rather than only looking for the best price.

Location

The location where your photographer is based will usually impact the cost of hiring them. On average, photographers cost as little as £100 to hire in the North East, rising to £165 in London.

As photographers set their rates, the true cost will very much depend on their experience and the type of headshot you require, rather than location alone. 

Headshot photographer prices in the UK
LocationAverage photographer cost
Midlands£130
London£165
North East£100
North West£120
South West£145

Keep in mind that location will also matter if it’s a long-distance from where the photographer is based. If so, the cost of travel expenses and accommodation (if applicable) will be factored into the quote. 

Is it worth getting Headshot Photography?

Yes! After all, when it comes to headshots, first impressions count for a lot. Unprofessional, pixelated images or any images that fail to meet the brief won’t cut it. Whether you’re going for that new job or trying to show off your company in the best light, it pays to keep your communication on point, and this includes your headshot. Photographers who specialise in headshots will work quickly and efficiently to produce stunning images. This just isn’t possible without the right equipment, knowledge or technique. 

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