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Professional Headshots & Business Portraits Palo Alto

You're going to look good.

Project Confidence
Make a Great First Impression
Get the Best Offers

Professional Headshots & Business Portraits Palo Alto

Helping people make great first impressions.

I deal in first impressions. That visceral reaction you have to a person the first time you lay eyes on them. Whether that is some variation of love at first sight or a heartfelt sense of loyalty, trust and devotion. I help my people, my customers by creating the gut feeling that sets the stage for all of your future interactions but is hard to describe.

My customers are usually seeking a promotion, investors, starting a new venture, or taking their startup to market. They want to influence decision-makers and improve their lives in some manner.
 

When I photograph someone I’m not just taking their picture. I’m helping them follow their dreams. That’s why I put so much of myself into my photographs.

Videography Credit Carrin McErlane & Leo Moring : Acting Credit Sherill Quinn

Please, follow this link to learn about my past career as an award-winning interior photographer.

A woman's professional headshot with makeup for headshots

Dean and Sarah were amazing to work with! I *loathe* getting my picture taken and was forced to get a headshot. I was, as my kids would say, low key dreading it. In the end it was actually fun. Dean and Sarah are very warm and charming and put me at ease. I highly recommend.

Marcus Stock, men's business portrait

Last December 2022 I did a headshot session with Dean. I’ve done several of these and I must say, Dean was the most innovative, instructive and compelling headshot photographer I’ve worked with. If you need to look your best–for fun or profit–reach out to Dean. You won’t be disappointed. 

A professional headshot of a woman with makeup for headshots.

Excellent experience that exceeded our expectations! Dean really wanted to get to know us, our story, what we are trying to achieve, and took the time to learn each of our personalities first. Thank you for all you did for us we will never forget.

A female senior director's professional headshot. Mobile optimized.
Dean and Sarah were amazing to work with! I *loathe* getting my picture taken and was forced to get a headshot. I was, as my kids would say, low key dreading it. In the end it was actually fun. Dean and Sarah are very warm and charming and put me at ease. I highly recommend.

-Cherie Goodenough

An actors commercial headshot of Noe Flores.

Thank you so much for a great session. It was easy to melt into your direction and I very much appreciated your point of view.

-Noe Flores

A professional headshot of a woman with makeup for headshots.

Excellent experience that exceeded our expectations! Dean really wanted to get to know us, our story, what we are trying to achieve, and took the time to learn each of our personalities first. Thank you for all you did for us we will never forget.

-Dr. Wendy Wong

Cherie Goodenough

Marcus Stock

Dr. Wendy Wong

A Simple Three-Step Plan for Outstanding Professional Headshots​

  1. Before your shoot, we’ll talk over the phone to “break the ice” and answer your questions. You’ll get better results working with someone you “know” rather than a stranger.
  2. I’ll coach you during your shoot to express yourself with authentic confidence, and we’ll have fun doing it.
  3. You’ll get magazine-cover quality headshots that will make the kind of first impression that opens doors.

Why a great business portrait is essential to your success.

Here in the United States, we learn to look people squarely in the eye, reach out to them assertively and shake their hands with a firm grip when we first meet them. Addressing others with confidence and respect while communicating our honorable intentions leaves a powerful, positive impression.

Every picture tells a story.

Scanning through LinkedIn, you’ll see a host of bad photos people use in place of a headshot. You’ll also see a lot of bathroom selfies or snapshots with people cropped out of the frame. Sometimes the person is so tiny you can’t even see them.

Photographs like these send signals of carelessness, lack of professionalism, and low self-esteem. 

Projecting character.

It’s more important than ever that your professional portrait looks great and projects the traits others seek in business professionals: successful, trustworthy, and high self-esteem – just like your handshake.

So, leave the bathroom selfie and vacation snapshots on Instagram. Use an exceptional headshot created by a professional who works with you to make you look your best. You will feel greater confidence knowing that your business portraits are making a great first impression on everyone who sees them.

I make the time to help my clients select their headshots. 

Due to information overload, selecting photos is the hardest part of any photo shoot. I’ve been doing it for 35 years and am very good at it. 

You’re in control.
I’ll offer my unbiased opinion and professional interpretation of any photo if you want.

Working together, we can narrow your choices from 50+/- great headshots to the 8-12 absolute best in about 15-20 minutes.

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