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Before and After Headshot Tips

One Size Does Not Fit ALL


Every example in our Before and After Headshot Tips Gallery presents fours versions of the same face. The first image always represents the face in its Basic (Plain) state, followed by exPress (Standard), then Prime (Radiance), and ending with our Pro (The Works) retouching. Several of the images concluded with our Premier (Tailor-Made) option, where a client has asked Mark Jordan to employ his creative talents to one-of-a-kind headshot.



The Difference Retouching Can Make in Headshot Photography
Mark Jordan Photography offers the Before and After Headshot Tips to explain the extraordinary benefit expertly applied retouching can make to your headshot portrait. Retouching is simply the artwork or touchups that Mark Jordan personally applies to your headshot portrait. Because every client’s face and needs are are unique, so are the retouching services Mark Jordan offers.


Retouching Options: Four Distinct Levels

Keeping with our traditional of personalized service, we offer five distinct levels of retouching. You can view examples of our retouching options in our Before and After Headshots Gallery:

  1. exPress – Minimal: Included (reg. $40) 
  2. Prime – Moderate: $75
  3. Pro – Meticulous: $125
  4. Premier – Tailor-Made: $250

Please note that our five options in our “Before and After Headshot Tips are not seen as Good, BetterBest. They are rather a genuine approach to meeting the individual requirements of every face. There is no good, better, or best – only options which are most beneficial to your specific needs. One size does not fit all

Determining the degree of retouching best suited for your face is largely a function of listening to your concerns and then attending to your specific requests. Many clients simply ask us to proceed according to Mark’s aesthetic appraisal. Regardless of which approach is best for you, we guarantee our retouching for the life of your image. We are also happy to tweak your headshot until you are thoroughly delighted.

Lastly, we also offer a fifth level of retouching, Pro-Premier (starting at $250) for those occasions where a client asks Mark to explore the possibilities of their headshot and create something unique. Since Mark gets to play and stretch his imagination, it’s his favorite. Amid the “Before and After Headshots Gallery” we’ve enclosed several examples of our Tailor-Made Pro-Premier Retouching.


Before and After Headshot Tips: Dramatic vs Subtle

When viewing our Headshot Tips – Before and After Headshots, you will notice that some examples reveal a dramatic change while other alterations may be subtle. This is as it should be. After all, I am creating headshots to meet my client’s specific needs, not my own.

You may feel that some changes are too much for your taste. If so, please keep in mind that retouching is all about about personalization. Pro-Meticulous retouching, therefore, can range from exaggerated to the understated.  Though you may have to study closely to see the differences in some Pro images, please note that nuanced changes are frequently the most striking and effective.

With all this in mind, it’s understandable why citing the degree of artwork your headshot requires is not possible until we see your previews and evaluate your photographed face.  This is  also the reason we offer differing strengths of retouching – since every face is unique, a headshot photographer too must accommodate for such distinct differences.

As always, should you have any questions, no concern is too small.


Mark Jordan
Master Craftsman Photographer
American Society of Photographers
International Photography Hall of Fame & Museum
Orange County Photographer of the Year
3-Time Honoree -EPCOT’S World’s Greatest Photographers Exhibit


When looking for a professional Orange County Family Portraits photographer, or Orange County Headshots Photographer please call 949-888-8071 or complete our online request form.


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