What first impression will you create?

Derek LadgenskiDerek LadgenskiPartner, Katten Muchin Roseman, LLP Rae Rupp-SrchRae Rupp-Srch

Bryan HansenBryan HansenPresident and Chief Nuclear Officer, Exelon Nuclear      Cassandra SalinasCassandra Salinas Christy NolandChristy Noland

Richard is a fantastic photographer who goes above and beyond to meet the needs of a client. He captures all the details of an event beautifully and does awesome business portraits of staff. We truly enjoy working with Rich.  

- Erin Skaggs, Easter Seals Marketing & Communications

Your photo on social media is probably the first impression you make for a client, customer, or potential employer. The Wall Street Journal says, “LinkedIn profiles that include a photograph are seven times more likely to be viewed than those that don’t, according to company stats.  Without a photo, you’ll be more likely to miss out on a job rather than land one.”

Is your profile photograph on social media sites showing the first impression you want to make with your customers, clients, colleagues, and potential employers? A quality head shot can display your personality, confidence, trustworthiness, and enthusiasm.  It builds your brand and promotes you.

I can help you make a great impression. Here are two photos taken in the same place, one with an iPhone and the other with professional lighting and equipment. Personally, I prefer the right-hand shot compared to the one with the orange tinted big nose and dark shadows.


Just about any pro will get you a technically correct photo, though. My goal is to give you a photograph that tells your story.
I try to create a friendly and easy-going atmosphere and get to know you as we go through this process. I have portable lighting and backdrops so we can make your photographs where it is convenient for you; in your home, an outdoor setting, or a business venue. I like to shoot your photographs while we are having a conversation so we can keep everything casual and less "staged." will make your photos with a variety of light layouts and compositions and show the photographs to you as we shoot them so you can see how we are doing.       

Do you need a single high-quality portrait for social media profiles (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter)?  Do you want to use your portraits for varying purposes such as social media, customer presentations, business cards and brochures, print media with text overlays, and personal use? 

Tony HillTony Hill       

Are you in an office with others who would benefit from a professional head shot so we could make portraits for multiple people in a single session? Do you need multiple photos with different lighting for social media and formal publications?  

       Alia Abdul-SamadAlia Abdul-SamadAssistant Director Grants & Foundation Relations       Alia Abdul-SamadAlia Abdul-SamadAssistant Director Grants & Foundation Relations  

    Steve WhitlatchSteve WhitlatchAssistant Director Region J       Steve WhitlatchSteve WhitlatchAssistant Director Region J

     Katie RisleyKatie RisleyDirector Development - Torch Run         Katie RisleyKatie RisleyDirector Development - Torch Run

We should talk.  I suspect you have lots of things in mind for your head shot and I want to tailor what I do to address as many of them as possible.  I generally provide:

  • On-site sessions at your office, home, local park, etc.
  • Custom portrait lighting approach
  • In-session image review and private online proof gallery
  • Full retouching on two final head shot selections
  • Final image files prepared in a high resolution print-ready JPEG and a low-resolution web-ready JPEG available for you to download from my online gallery
  • License for print and marketing/advertising use

People                 Price per person

1 person                    $200

2 - 4 people               $150

5 - 9 people               $125

10 or more people   Call for rates

Contact me for pricing for extra services like multiple lighting setups (e.g. crisp white and dark/moody), multiple outfits (e.g. formal and informal), etc.  I also do family portraits and those are usually fairly customized so check with me about pricing.

Aaron Wesley RapierAaron Wesley Rapier

            Annie OrtizAnnie Ortiz          

Rich and Sue were very professional.  Rich Howe Photography was on time. They set up at our location quickly. They made us feel very comfortable. The photo shoot was a lot of fun and the pictures turned out great. I'd recommend Rich and Sue to all of my clients.  

- Aaron Rapier, Rapier Law Firm


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Ready to go?


Contact me and set up a session.  Here are some tips to prepare for it. Regardless of what you read in the following suggestions, be comfortable.

  • For men, try to get your hair cut a week or two before your session. Your hair will look more natural if you get it cut several days in advance.
  • On the other hand, ladies, you may want to have your hair styled the same day.
  • Get a good night's sleep the day before your session, drink plenty of water, and avoid salty foods and alcohol.  This helps reduce dark circles under your eyes.
  • Mid- to late-morning are ideal times to schedule your session--you'll feel more energized and typically have fewer things on your mind.
  • If your session is late in the day or in the evening, take time to freshen up your appearance.  Men should consider shaving again to eliminate any five-o'clock shadow.  A camera seems to exaggerate details so makeup should be simple and minimize shine on your skin from lights or the sun.
  • Wear clothing that fits well--not too tight and not too loose.  Bring clothes that are fresh and wrinkle-free.
  • Solids in darker colors (blue, gray) and mid-tones photograph well on most people. Busy patterns tend to distract people, so try to avoid them. For studio portraits, I use a white or gray background since they work well with nearly any color clothing.
  • Keep your accessories simple. Neckties, scarves, and jewelry should not draw attention away from your face. 
  • Long-sleeved clothing that creates a v-neckline (like a jacket with shirt underneath) looks flattering in pictures.  Turtlenecks should be avoided. 
  • Unless you plan to update your portrait annually, stay away from trendy looks or anything that will appear dated in a few years