Knoxville headshot photographer Colby McLemore focuses strictly on professional portraits–no glamour shots, models, families, or weddings here. Our clients desire natural-looking and flattering business portraits that stand out from the crowd telling a story that attracts their perfect client. Again, strictly a corporate head shot style, unlike some photographic genres that focus on beautiful but fantastic, disingenuous, and unrealistic imagery through unnatural poses and over retouching. Our clients use their perfect headshot for advertising uses across the board such as LinkedIn and Facebook profiles, business cards, brochures, annual reports, billboards, even national ad campaigns. We have had businessmen from other countries come to our Knoxville studio and have traveled almost to Memphis to create unique executive portraits.
Amazing portraits have to look natural which doesn’t come from a camera, they come from a personable photographer. Colby is known for his easy-going and fun attitude while being professional though out. He has the experience so that he doesn’t have to focus on the camera, he focuses on you. He feels that although you may meet as a client, he hopes to leave you as a friend.
“I am so pleased with the results of my executive headshot session. I have never considered myself a photogenic person which made me dread having my headshot taken. I have to say that you made the session so enjoyable that I almost forgot that I was having my portrait made. Everyone who sees it has positive comments. It is my favorite picture of myself. The next time I need a headshot, I will not dread having it made as long as you are round. Thank you so much.” —Teresa Bridges
Flattering head shots don’t happen by accident, they are crafted. Colby has the experience to use light to sculpt your portrait drawing attention to your beautiful while hiding your imperfections. This skillful posing obscures what you don’t want to show and highlights what you do. Only after creating a beautiful and real portrait will he use his extensive retouching skills to apply a final polish. The final result must be balanced so that it looks authentic, realistic, and striking.
The best portraits tell a story which is even more important even if it looks good. Some professions require strength and poise, others require and easy-going manner and likability, some require a laid back creative twist while others require a conservative and competent feel. These messages are conveyed within milliseconds due to the background choice and lighting style but most importantly through body language. This is something that Colby studied throughout his career and even teaches professional classes on.
“He took the time to learn who I am, what I stand for and the persona that I want to embody, and he engineered that into one of the best headshots I’ve ever had. If you’re looking to convey a message through an image with no words, Colby can make that happen.”–John McCulley
If you are wanting to put your best foot forward whenever someone sees your professional business portrait, call today to schedule it.
Headshot Frequently Asked Questions – for individual professional portraits
How much do you charge for your commercial head shots? We charge one upfront price. We will not be trying to upsell you after the session to get you to pay more. The price depends on the complexity of the project. We do headshots for national campaigns as well as professional portraits to use just for social media like LinkedIn. Give us a call in a few minutes we can give you a price you can rely on.
Can you work around my busy schedule? We are a full-time professional headshot photographer. If you have a rush, we’ll bend over backward to make it work for you. Typically, we are able to fit clients in within a few days. If you have very limited availability, it might take a week or so.
Can we have digital files of our headshot? Yes and with no additional charge. We cater to business professionals who use their portraits for the internet as well as print advertising that has graphic design work done around the portrait.
What is your turnaround time for your finished business portraits? Most clients have the images emailed to them within 24 hours of the session if not sooner. This may be extended if additional or complex editing is required.
Do you do retouching to your headshots? Yes, every good headshot should include a polish. Our typical client wants a headshot that looks like them but as if they had just come from a wonderful day at the spa. We do not do the unreal retouching typical of many wedding, model, and family portrait photographers. If you are wanting this style with radical weight reduction, serious age reduction, and/or facial reconstruction, we can provide it and will discuss every individual’s retouching desires after the session.
Do you charge sales tax? No. Many photographers produce tangible products necessitating a sales tax in Tennessee. I provide a service delivering images through the internet saving my clients money.
Do you have makeup services? Yes, although this is true, most clients do not want a fantasy look typical of wedding photography and heavy professional makeup. Most women’s portraits, the typical makeup they wear every day with some additional attention coupled with the retouching we provide creates a flattering but realistic professional portrait that doesn’t create a disingenuous unrealistic feel and one the client will never experience.
How long do your portrait sessions take? Our studio portraits typically take around 30 to 45 minutes but will take as long as it takes to make you happy. We have less control over on-location portraits so times vary in these situations. We make sure to not waste your time and make sure we keep things moving along. We help you prepare before you arrive and we have the expertise to get the job done. We don’t have to photograph you for hours in hopes of getting an exceptional portrait.
Do you do studio portraits or on-location portraits? Yes, we do both and they each have their advantages and disadvantages. We had clients come from other counties to our Knoxville portrait studio and we have driven up to eight hours to do one portrait. Give us a call and we can discuss what works for your particular needs.
Where is your professional photography studio? Our local portrait studio is right off the I-40 with easy access to validated parking in downtown Knoxville.
How quickly will be able to select our head shot? Immediately after the portrait session you will review your images as well as discuss whatever retouching you’d like done. If you are not happy with the executive portrait, we work together to discuss what you didn’t like and re-shoot it immediately. This assures that you don’t have to do a re-shoot or that you will be getting a bad portrait. You will get exactly what you want.
What should I wear and how should I prepare for the corporate head shot? There is no one answer to this question depending on what job you have and what story you are wanting to tell. We will send a generalized preparation list as well as give you a call to discuss your specific job and what is desired from someone in the field. We will assure you that you are completely ready when you come in. Natural portraits are harder to obtain when you have troubling questions as you walk in.
Can you match my headshot with my companies other professional headshots or are you used to working with style guidelines from my company? Yes, we regularly reverse engineer the style and lighting of companies existing portrait to allow seamless inclusion of your headshots. We are very used to working with your company’s marketing guidelines to deliver the exact style and look your company needs.
Can you match backgrounds with other portraits or digitally drop in backgrounds? Yes, make sure that you bring this up early when discussing your portrait so that everything can be prepared beforehand.
Can you do corporate head shots of my entire company on-location or in the studio? Yes, we specialize in corporate portrait photography and have fully mobile equipment to ensure the highest quality, done quickly, and with no hassles. We will not only make the portraits look good, but we’ll also make sure you look good too.
What if I need something more complex than a business headshot for my marketing needs, can you help? Yes, advertising photography is our specialty and we can handle your needs no matter if you are only needing it for social media or if you are needing a full national ad campaign.
Are you used to working with creative teams and marketing departments? Yes, we love the support and teamwork that this type of project entails. Although this is true, we are very used to handling the whole load ourselves. We are flexible to the needs of the individual needs of the project.
What if I don’t like my professional portrait? You will be choosing your image right after the portrait session–so make sure you bring your glasses. If you don’t like them, we will rephotograph you right there while everything is already setup. If you don’t like the retouching, we can discuss what you’d like redone and redo it. Unfortunately, if you later change your mind and it takes additional work, there would be an additional charge.
Who will be taking our portraits? Typically, Colby McLemore who is has a Master’s Degree and Craftsman Degree in photography will be taking your portraits. There may be times that other highly qualified members of his staff will be taking your portrait but you will know beforehand if this is the case.
Can I bring a friend along? Yes, you can bring anyone you’d like. It is suggested that anyone that will have a strong voice in choosing your image be present although other people tend to be distracting and slow down the process.
How long do you keep my professional portraits and do you keep all of the photos taken? After delivering the final images, we back up and archive all client purchased images while all un-purchased images are deleted. We strive to keep multiple backups of all final selects but unfortunately, technology does fail. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to recover images forever. It is strongly suggested that you keep copies of your images in a safe place as well.
Do you take credit cards? Yes, we do take credit cards.