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Headshots & Personal Branding

How Will You Tell Your Story?

New Hampshire actors' headshots by Birch Blaze Studios.


Headshots, or business portraits, are typically more tightly cropped portraits. Literally, head shots. They are often used by realtors, attorneys, and many in the medical field, to name a few common applications. We generally shoot headshots with wider “cropping,” in-camera, which allows for more flexibility with the images later on.

Personal Branding

Personal branding, in a nutshell, is the leveraging of ones’ own personality to maximize the human element in appealing to a target market. It follows that personal branding photography goes beyond the “headshot,” and tends to reveal more about your personality. It will often involve a strategic series of photos to get the right message across.

Environmental Portraiture

Environmental portraiture is similar to personal branding photography, in that its purpose serves to communicate more information about the subject than a standard headshot. Specifically, the person is photographed in their own work environment. Examples of this might be a chef in his or her kitchen, a brewmaster in their brewery, or an artist/craftsman in their studio.

" Never forget that you only have one opportunity to make a first impression - with investors, with customers, with PR, and with marketing. "
Dame Natalie Massenet

Great Headshot. Great First Impression.

As device and WiFi-dependent the world has become, the touchstone of business is still some form of human connection. You’ve probably noticed, however, that human connection is increasingly initiated online. And since selling a product or service usually begins with selling yourself and/or company, what does your online presence, specifically, your headshot actually say about you? How are you perceived by your audience solely from a photograph? The answer is directly related to the skill of your headshot photographer.

Birch Blaze Studios makes it easy to check updating your headshot off your list, with quick and easy sessions in our portrait studio located in the Lakes Region of NH. We offer on-location work as well, so we can very likely, come to you!

NH & Maine actors' headshots by Birch Blaze Studios.

Why Birch Blaze?

Same Day Image Selection

We value your time as much as you do. We can get you in and out in as little as 30-45 minutes. Choosing your images before you leave means a super-fast turnaround time. You’ll have your images within three business days!

Looking Good!

At Birch Blaze Studios, we understand the subtleties that separate an "ok" headshot from a great one. Things like flattering light, camera angle and "micro expressions." Simply put, you will LOVE the way you look in your headshot portraits!

Nerves? What Nerves?

Should I smile? Where am I looking? We answer all those questions before you ask them. We'll guide you all the way through your session, and provide clear direction so you never have to guess. We keep the vibe relaxed and stress-free. Heck, you might even have fun!


  • 30-60 minutes
  • Up to 3 outfits
  • 2 fully edited, digital images.
  • Same day image selection
  • 3 (business) day turnaround
  • Unlimited digital release

Additional images, $150/ea., buy 2, get 1 free.

Headshot & Personal Branding Gallery

Birch Blaze Studios Business Portraiture


Frequently Asked Questions

As a general rule, personal branding and corporate headshots should be updated every 3 years…even more frequently if your marketing often incorporates elements of your persona. Also, if your physical appearance has changed since your last headshot.

Our studio is in Wakefield, NH, but we’re also happy to travel to your location within our service area (Portland, Maine to Boston, Manchester, NH to the Mount Washington Valley). We can setup in a conference room, or anywhere you have 10 or 12 feet of space. A travel add-on may apply.

Call, text or fill out our contact form, and we’ll jump on a call to find out exactly what your needs are. Headshot and environmental portrait sessions take 20-30 minutes (or less, if time is in short supply). Personal branding sessions are typically longer, allow for 60-90 minutes. Image selections are made at the end of the session. We’ll deliver your selected images, fully retouched, via Google Drive or Dropbox within 3 business days.

To achieve the best results, we do recommend having professional hair and makeup services in most cases (typically, men do not want either, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good idea). Even if you don’t normally wear makeup, a natural-looking application helps even out skin tones and enhances your look on-camera. In-studio professional hair and makeup is an add-on fee of $150. Let us know if you have any further questions about it.

Perhaps taking a cue from the cool kids (i.e. industry leaders), but with a definitive nod to what makes you, you…it really comes down to how you want to be perceived. Do you want to fit in? Show folks what they’re expecting from what’s typical in your field? Or, do you want to stand out a bit, make a splash? On the whole, we would recommend avoiding bold, busy patterns, and clothes that steal the show…unless of course, that’s what you’re going for! In any case, we’re happy to make recommendations during our initial planning conversation.

Standard Headshot: $290 – 30-60 minutes, 3 outfits, 2 fully edited, digital images. Same day image selection, 3 day turnaround. Unlimited digital release. (additional images, $150/ea., buy 2, get 1 free)

Environmental Portrait: Same as Standard Headshot, above.

Personal Branding: $690 – Up to 3 hours, professional hair & makeup included, unlimited outfits, 5 fully edited, digital images. 7 day turnaround. Unlimited digital release. (additional images, $100/ea., buy 2, get 1 free)

Social Media Content: $1290 – Full day (up to 6 hours), professional hair & makeup included, unlimited outfits, 10 fully edited images suitable for social media content. (full collection available for purchase)

Hair & Makeup Service: $150 – Light hair styling and makeup application. Extra services, products, i.e. lashes, etc., additional cost.