Hi! My name is Chris Ubik and I am a headshot and fine-art photographer in Hillsborough, NC. My creative philosophy is simple: I am a firm believer in honestly capturing everyone I photograph. The You that is sitting before me is the best possible You you can be. So why not celebrate that version of you? Sure, I can take years off and make Vogue beg me to let them use your photos on their cover, but that doesn’t honor who you are now.
Photographers get asked a lot of questions, so let’s get some of the more common ones out of the way.
Your Headshot Session
What can I expect from a shoot? Hopefully a lot of fun! I look at photography as being a collaborative process. We’ll work together to create images both of us will be proud to display. This covers most of the basics, but if you have other concerns not covered here do not hesitate to address them:
Pre-Shoot. Whenever possible I like to meet with my clients at least once over coffee or other suitable beverage of choice to go over the contract and discuss the goals of the shoot. It gives you a chance to get to know me a bit and decide if our personalities mesh before committing to the shoot.
Styling. All of my shoots are come-as-you-are. If you would like a stylist or make-up artist it is your responsibility to provide them at your own cost.
Pet Allergies. I have four cats, of which you will most likely only see one (the rest run and hide when guests come over). If you have pet allergies let me know in advance and I’ll travel to your home or work.
Additional Non-Participants. Clients may bring one additional person with them for styling help, companionship, moral support, etc. This is entirely at your discretion, but I certainly do not fault anyone who wants to make personal comfort and safety a priority!
That said, if the additional person disrupts the shoot they will be asked to leave.
Time Commitment. Plan on the shoot taking roughly 30 minutes. I’ll be set up and ready to go when you arrive.
I split my headshot shoots into two parts: the first is the classic headshot, where we capture the looks that will make you look like the superstar you are in your chosen field. This takes approximately 15-20 minutes.
After we have achieved the goal of the shoot–and time permitting–I like to shift gears and get creative. This is where you and I can play a bit and create some fun portraits that might look great on your wall but not on a business card. This is entirely optional and outside the normal shoot.
Fun fact: a surprising number of clients include one or more of these “playtime” images in their final selection!
Post-Shoot. In one week I will post a selection of images for your delectation on my website. They will be fully processed, but not retouched. The link is private and password protected.
Simply select the images you desire and I will provide you with lightly retouched full-size jpegs (approximately 15mb per image) of those images via a Dropbox link. You will also receive duplicate copies sized for social media (roughly 1200px on the long end).
Retouching. I include light retouching on all images I provide. As I stated above, the You that is sitting before me is the best possible You you can be, so what I deliver will look like You.
We will discuss retouching desires at the end of the shoot, but my basic process is to remove stray hairs, random lint, and any blemishes that will fade within a week.
If you desire more intensive retouching, we can discuss those needs and the associated costs at the time of the shoot.
Will you travel for a shoot? Yes. Within 50 miles it is part of the package. Beyond 50 miles will incur additional costs that will be added to the package price.
Will you shoot my pet/kid/wedding/engagement? No.
But you’re a photographer! Why not? Simply put: those areas are not where my strengths lie and I’d be doing you a disservice by shooting something I’m not familiar with. Fortunately there are plenty of excellent photographers who specialize in that type of photography.
Will you shoot me for free? No. Maybe. Look, it’s complicated.
But think of the exposure! This is technically not a question, but “exposure” doesn’t pay the bills.
So expand on “maybe.” If there is something outside my usual style that intrigues me or would push my creative boundaries, I’d consider it. It’s a level playing field, though; we both have to get something out of it.
Can I get a print for free? No.
At cost? No. A physical print isn’t expensive. The expensive part is everything that went into making it. That includes: the cost of the cameras and lenses, lighting and modifiers, travel, processing time, insurance, bookkeeping, website hosting, continuing education, etc.
My prints from Japan, for example, start at $130.00. Round trip airfare was approximately $1,800.00. Traveling to Japan is expensive and the pricing of my prints reflects that.