Headshot and Portrait Plans


Custom Two Hour Photoshoots

You choose the session length based on how much time you have. We can plan a shorter photoshoot if you are in a hurry, or you can choose a 2 hour photoshoot. (If we go over, don't worry. You do not get rushed out the door. In fact, you should plan on allowing extra time to finalize image selections.)

multiple looks

Not sure what to wear or what will photograph best? Bring multiple outfits - a suit jacket, casual clothes, different makeup, jewelry, ... what ever you want to try out to see how it looks in the image. (It is better to have the item of clothing with you as an option and not use it, than to think, "...oh I wish I would have brought that.")

multiple backgrounds

Start with a gray background for versatility. (Gray works well for adding textures.) Shoot on a black background for a dramatic, formal look. Choose white for a crisp headshot. Choose a textured canvas (hand painted, imported) for rich depth and a classic portrait. Be sure to discuss preferences in the consultation call, so the studio can be setup for your first preferred look when you arrive.

retouched...(the way you want)

You decide. Like your hard earned facial lines? Keep 'em. Have a mole you want removed? Gone. Want to look your best overall, but not too retouched? You decide. You discuss your preferences during the consultation call and when reviewing images.

Choose the perfect plan

Headshot Session Only. Headshot and Portrait Session, … you are not sure, but want the flexibility to choose either type of image after seeing both captured during the photoshoot. Fine Art sessions for those who want the unlimited freedom of an all day photoshoot and full day of retouching (if necessary).



  • 2 Hour Photoshoot
  • 30+ Image Selection
  • Multiple Looks
  • Different Backgrounds
  • Discounted 2nd + Images


Headshots or Portraits

  • 2 Hour Photoshoot
  • 30+ Image Selection
  • Multiple Looks
  • Different Backgrounds
  • Discounted 2nd + Images


Fine Art

  • Full Day Photoshoot
  • 50+ Image Selection
  • Multiple Looks
  • Different Backgrounds

Frequently asked questions

All photoshoots require an appointment and a phone consultation. There is a prepaid booking fee that applies to the total amount due the day of the shoot (as long as you don’t cancel or reschedule with less than 48 business hour notice). Steps are detailed in Scheduling a Session. Additional questions can be submitted using the Contact form. Please remember to provide a contact number where you can be reached and a best time of day to call, if you would like a callback.

Because the initial image includes the cost of the photoshoot, the image itself, selection time, retouching, and licensing for use on the internet, at pro printers, social media, and Linkedin, initial image CPP sessions are either $250 or $299 – depending on whether you book a two hour headshot photoshoot or a two hour headshot and portrait photoshoot. Additional images are discounted and reduce your cost per image. Each additional image ordered is $175, including retouching, and a set of optimized digitals with licensing.

You are coming to a small (cozy) in-house studio filled with lighting equipment and gear (not the best place for unattended children, for example). Also, clients can become distracted by friends. For these reasons as well as security reasons, no unplanned guests or last minute additions are allowed on premise. If you plan on bringing others, be sure to obtain prior approval.

All photoshoots start with consultation phone calls. During the call we will discuss what you are looking for in detail as well as want you want to achieve with your new imagery. We will discuss options and decide on the best type of wardrobe and makeup to help achieve goals. You’ll receive a PDF that reviews standard suggestions about wardrobe, make-up, jewelry, what to bring and more after the booking fee is paid and a date and time is locked in. 

Please know you do not have to adhere to makeup and wardrobe suggestions. If in doubt, if there is something you really want to wear as an example, you can bring the item of clothing to the photoshoot. We can create a few images and review them together. You can then decide after the fact whether you like the look.

Yes, absolutely, feel free to do this. You should also consider, when getting made up, the degree of makeup you normally wear. Some clients use very little makeup and prefer a more natural look. Others use a great deal of shading, masking, and heavy tools. For these individuals, it is best to consider that the camera captures every single pore, and it might be best to prepare minimal makeup and bring additional makeup with should you decide after viewing the first few images you’d like a bit more. It is easier to add makeup during retouching than to remove it. If you pencil in eyebrows, consider using a soft angled brush liner instead of a heavy pencil. Make sure your base perfectly matches your skin and that you use it anywhere skin is exposed (i.e., neck, chin). If you use lip liner, make sure the line is straight and smooth. Bring lip balm so your lips are not cracked and dry (especially in Winter). Also remember to bring remover. And think about your hairstyle. Is it free flowing or straight? Bring hair spray and a brush/comb for stray hairs. If you color your hair, consider whether roots are showing. If they bother you, consider touching them up prior to the photoshoot.

RAW digital images are captured during the photoshoot. All images undergo post processing to some degree as a result. Beyond this basic post processing, images are individually retouched. In the retouching GIF below, a heavy amount of retouching was used to illustrate the difference it makes on an unprocessed, out-of-camera RAW image. You can decide what areas you do and do not want retouched. You decide the degree of retouching. Each image undergoes custom work (based on the limits of the selected plan). What specifically is retouched is determined by clients during consultation calls, as well during discussions the day of the photoshoot. You can elect to have Janice D Nelson Photography determine the degree of retouching, if you like the images in the galleries (and if you have no preferences). You can also specify what to keep, the degree you want lines minimized, spots removed, or other aspects minimized. Take a look at the galleries and zoom in on images to see real world examples of different client preferences.

Please allow 1-2 business days per image selected for retouching, excluding additional portrait shoots that might be scheduled. If images are required over a holiday, additional charges are incurred. (We will reach agreement ahead of time on when your images will be delivered either during the consultation call or during the photoshoot.) If you need your images by a specific date and time, please be sure to mention this during your consultation call.

You can elect the preferred method of delivery. Use the a la carte menu for pricing options on tangible products.* Typically digital images are delivered electronically at the Client Login page. Clients are provided a PDF with download instructions.

*Taxes not included.

Before and After GIF
Retouching Gif

If you have additional questions feel free to ask them using the Contact Form.