Prepare Getting Ready for your Session

Get a good night's rest. A long night of drinking will certainly show in your skin and eyes. Avoid sunburn and/or heavy tanning.

Gather your garments to bring along and prep your hair and/or makeup. Please read further details around that HERE in the FAQ.


Arrive Come in and Relax

We'll go over the wardrobe options, chat about what kinds of looks we want to achieve for your purpose, and ease into the shoot. We've got 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 hours to get the shots you want so there is no rush. This is a complete collaboration and we'll work together to get the shots you want.


Shoot Let's Get to Work

We'll start shooting and I'll start directing you and keep you moving. It's my job to guide you into the facial expressions and positions that show you at your best - expressions that exude confidence but still come across as friendly. For actors interested in a range we may hit some other areas too.


Choose Select Your Keepers

In between each look we'll go over and review what we just shot. Being in a studio where we can see instant results makes our collaboration that much easier. I'll listen to you tell me what you like or hate. We'll keep only the best and toss the rest. We can easily shoot 300-400 shots but the goal is to get ~30 keepers by the end which we'll both agree bring out your best.


Wrap Finishing Up The Session

After the session I'll send you a private password protected gallery. Take some time, get some input from family/friends, etc then make your choice on your final shots you would like retouched.


Polish Retouching Your Choices

Once you've chosen your final shots I'll retouch them and give them the final polish. Temporary blemishes will be gone, a few stray hairs will be put in check, etc, etc.


Deliver Getting Your Final Retouched Shots

Final retouched images will be made available via digital download and you'll be contacted as soon as they are complete.


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Brendan K

After disappointing results from a vendor my company selected, I reached out to Jason to get new headshots. Right from the start it was a totally different experience. Jason told me how to prepare for the shoot, what to expect, and what colors/clothes would work best. At the actual shoot he taught me how to make the expressions that would be best for my purposes. There was no rush at all, and it was really nice being able to review the pictures right there, so I was confident walking out that he would be delivering to me some great options to ultimately choose from. I would definitely recommend to anyone needing a high quality headshot.

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Andrea M

I recently used Jason Ranalli for professional head shots and was very impressed and happy with the results! Jason took the time to work with me on subtle expressions and poses specific to me so that I would look my best. Afterwards we reviewed the pictures together and chose ones that portrayed a professional, confident, and engaging head shot. I also decided to use his makeup artist, who did a great job on making me photo-ready and who was available during the shoot for any touch ups that I needed. I definitely recommend Jason Ranalli to anyone needing a high-quality, professional head shot!

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Adam R

Getting my headshot from Jason was a great choice. I needed something far more professional than a selfie taken on a phone, and more polished and modern than headshots I had done in the past. He took the time to find and actually direct me into my best expressions, and angles which is something I have never had done before. There is a lot more attention to detail given here and it is beyond a simple "say cheese" kind of portrait. We reviewed the shots together to choose those which were the most engaging and took more shots as needed. Overall, a top notch product and service.

Session Packages



  • 20 Minute Session
  • 1 Look
  • No Retouching
  • 1 Image Selected In-Studio
  • No Makeup Artist Available
  • A discounted bare bones headshot for social media without any of the retouching or advanced coaching.



  • 90 Minute Session
  • 4 Looks
  • 2 Retouched Images
  • Private Proofing Gallery
  • Makeup Artist Add-on Optional
    This session, created for youth talents, is the first step to getting better bookings and having something to submit for castings. It has all the coaching and direction of the standard senior session. Makeup artist add-on is optional.



  • 90 Minute Session
  • 4 Looks
  • 2 Retouched Images
  • Private Proofing Gallery
  • Makeup Artist Add-on Optional
  • This session is where you're guaranteed to get a polished headshot whether you’re a business person or an actor/model. The extra time here is where I will coach and direct you into the most compelling expressions possible while having enough time to try various wardrobe options to see what works best.



  • 120 Minute Session
  • Unlimited Looks
  • 4 Retouched Images
  • Private Proofing Gallery
  • Makeup Artist Included
  • This is a top end package aimed at those those who definitely want a makeup artist, additional retouched images and the opportunity to go through as many looks as they desire. This is best for actors/models looking to increase the range in their portfolio or business persons needing multiple polished images for article headers, speaking engagements, social media, etc.


50% Deposit Due Upon Booking - Cash, check, and Credit Cards Accepted

Group Rates

Use the Contact link to inquire about group and/or corporate rates.

Retouched Images

Purchase additional retouched images for $70 each.

Make Up Artist

Add a dedicated makeup artist to your session for $125.

Frequently Asked Questions

I would love to shoot as many folks as possible but I realize that styles and needs differ. Across the vast landscape of photographers out there I recommend finding the one that
A) has work that appeals to you the most and
B) is someone you feel comfortable working with.

If my work is in line with your own vision then I would love to hear from you. It is also important that you feel comfortable with how we're working because getting a great picture is a true collaboration.

Ultimately, I want you to be happy with how you look in your headshot at the end of the day.

Every photographer has their own style but what really separates my style from most others is:

I'm Interested in Your Expressions If you don't have a compelling expression/pose no outdoor setting with a nice sunset, elaborate makeup, or unique clothing is going to make the shot work. I don't rely on those things to create headshots that draw interest. Our focus is nearly always on the expression.

I Will Direct and Guide You Most of the folks I shoot are not folks who can command every inch of their face when asked to. That is a skill that seasoned actors/models worked hard to achieve. My direction comes into play to help you break some of these pieces down, drill them in for a bit then layer them together. Some of the techniques you learn for a headshot work far beyond my studio - you keep them in your back pocket.

I Believe in Collaboration I realize the success of our shoot is hinged on our collaboration. Sure, I could have a client come in, not really talk to them, pose them real quick, say "smile"and have them on their way in ten minutes. However, that is going to limit you to the same type of expression you gave when you heard "say cheese" as a little kid. A simple two-way dialogue throughout the shoot opens the door to much more genuine expressions.

It sounds like a long time but it goes really quick - I promise.

Everyone makes great expressions everyday. Someone tells us a joke and we laugh with a genuine smile; someone cuts us off in traffic and we furrow our brow. In neither case do we ever think about what expression we're making - we just make it.

But for some reason that all stops when we get in front of a camera. In short, we use that time to lose the apprehension and insecurities that the camera brings out - and that's when we start to see the real progress and the uniqueness that is YOU.

The short answer is "no".

However, the best analogy I can give is that shooting a headshot without one of my makeup artists is sort of like buying a really nice sports car but putting regular all-weather consumer tires on it.

A high quality camera and lighting setup exposes every detail and imperfection in the skin. Even if you do your own makeup you most likely will not know ahead of time how to complement this setup so that your skin looks youthful and vibrant. The goal is give an extremely light and barely noticeable makeup look but with all the coverage needed to reduce spots, blemishes, etc.

Still not sure? Take a look HERE for a detailed look at how I handle makeup.

Yes, I offer group rates for those organizations looking to get their executive staff or even their entire company set with new headshots.

Please use the contact form for inquiries, include as many details as possible and I will reach out to you as soon as I can.

Provided you have an appropriate space, I can shoot at your site when accommodating larger groups.

Please use the contact form for inquiries around a specific project you have in mind.

Don't worry, this is intentional.

Across various social media platforms now profile pictures tend to be small. This specific style is designed to excel in that format...hands down. Everyone knows you have hair and everyone knows you have clothes on beneath your neck line so we maximize the use of the available pixels for what's really important - your face and your expression.

That is what is going to make your headshot more marketable.

Again, this is a stylized choice to maximize the marketability of your headshot.

Portraits have been done in vertical format long before the camera was even invented and it originally made sense that headshots would follow suit. Now, however, much of that has changed. Our TVs have gotten wider, our computer monitors look more like movie screens now, interviews are done in this format, commercials use this format and the list goes on and on. Nearly every time we see a face on an electronic medium these days it is set in a horizontal format.

It would be a waste to not embrace these same formats for your headshot.

Part of providing a great product for my clients includes a comfortable welcoming environment where we can consistently get the results we want day in and day out. Shooting out on some street or in a park offers us very little of either of those. If we're not fighting the weather we're dealing with constantly changing light situations all of which takes away from our focus in honing your appearance in front of the camera.

Nearly all my work is shot inside my comfortable studio.

I want to be able to give you a consistent quality shoot day or evening, rain or shine.

There are times where we use custom backgrounds for very specific corporate clients(ie pink/purple for a candy store staff). Generally speaking though, the best headshots have little to nothing to do with the color or type of background and everything to do with the energy you're giving the camera.

White, grey and black do very little to distract from your face and everything to complement it.

We'll be working with at least several different looks so bring at least 3-5 different tops. Make sure you are comfortable wearing them. If you're not crazy about the top then don't bring it - it will show in the photos.

A variety of colors is good but no bold prints or patterns or anything overly gaudy that will detract from you. In addition, whites, greys, and black always tend to photograph very well so I recommend bringing those if you have them.

Feel free to fill up my large garment rack and we can go through them once you get here. Generally we'll start with the more casual looks then move towards the formal end. If we find something isn't coming across as good as we hoped at least we have options right there to switch it up.

Ladies Bring a variety of sleeveless, crew necks, spaghetti straps, dresses(formal or casual), etc.

Guys Layers tend to work well so we can do sweaters, jackets, ties, ti-shirts, or even hoodies depending on the look you're going for. It is certainly best if suits/jackets/shirts are well tailored so that they are not too loose or too tight. Ties should not be too bright or too busy.

The answer is little-to-none. It is better to keep jewelry to an absolute minimum or leave it out entirely. Earrings if they must be worn should be simple studs. Dangling earrings or hoops tend to distract from any expressions we've worked so hard to create.

Guys can come with their hair done as they would any day. Makeup is generally not recommended for males.

Women should come with their hair and makeup done; more or less camera ready. Makeup should be light, natural and fresh looking. No heavy eye shadows or liners - these tend to not translate as well into headshots as one might think. If you plan to use foundation try to stay away from powders which can give a caked look in the camera. A liquid foundation that leaves your skin dewy and refreshed looking is the way to go. Bring your makeup bag should you want to touch-up in between looks.

The theme overall with wardrobe, jewelry, hair, and makeup is that it should ALL be understated. We are here to photograph YOU!!!

About Jason Ranalli


Headshot_091116_Jason Ranalli_Gold_Coast_Images_Richard_Waine_Lancaster_PA_0092-EditI am a headshot photographer based out of Philadelphia.  While I do love taking pictures I more enjoy making my clients look confident and poised while still coming across as friendly and approachable.  I do this by specializing in expressions and those expressions are the heart of my work.

People are constantly telling me they’re not photogenic and I love proving to them that they are.  My job is to direct and coach you into looking like the best possible version of you.  My job is to put you at ease while we work on the subtle movements of your facial muscles.  It is these subtleties that make a headshot go from something very vanilla to something spectacular.

When I’m not giving my clients the best headshot they have ever had I’m a husband to a lovely wife and the father to a wonderful son and daughter.  I root for the Eagles and I won’t ever turn down a cheesesteak.  I also do my own landscaping around the house and it looks terrible.