Headshot Photography


We take modern corporate headshots for individuals and companies in the San Francisco Bay Area to help you build a strong brand. 

Headshots for Actors, Executives, Dancers & more. Creative / Editorial / Fashion sessions also available. Emerald Gate Studios Bay Area is fully equipped, providing both natural & studio lighting.


 All SESSIONS include:

  • Preparation Advice
  • Photo Session
  • Retouching-basic retouching includes the softening of skin and blemishes; lines under eyes and laugh lines will be softened.
  • High Resolution Files
  • Social Media Size Files


Headshot FAQ

How do I book a Headshot Session?

*all packages are per person*

 Step 1-Schedule- Click on a Headshot Package. Click the date and book the time that works best for you.

If you would like outdoor backgrounds book between 8am-5pm. For booking on location photoshoots add travel fee and contact for confirmation.

Step 2- Prepare- After you purchase you will be automatically sent a “Preparation Checklist” with your receipt to help you prepare and a list of backgrounds to choose from.  You will receive a copy of all the photos from the shoot and the retouched photo that is included in your your package. Email us your background choices and a recent selfie.

 Step 3 – You will receive your proofs within 24 hours of the shoot. Standard retouching is between 5 days. If you need rush retouching you may add one of the fees below to receive your photos within 24 hours or 72 hours.

 If you need help to coordinate a date or have questions you can email Sandy@EmeraldGateStudios.com

How much is a Headshot Session?

Headshot rates in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco can be higher than anywhere else in the US. However, headshot photographers usually offer budget-friendly headshot packages along with regular ones. Our most affordable package costs $175 for a fifteen-minute express headshot session. It includes one look, one retouched image, access to an online gallery with all your high-resolution images. 

Our best value headshot package costs $350. It includes a one-hour headshot session, 3 retouched images, proofs in 24 hours, and a download of all your images. 

Add-ons include make-up ($200 – $350), an additional hour ($100), additional retouched images ($75 per image)

Get all the details about headshot pricing here


What if I want additional images retouched?

No problem. We charge $75 per image for a basic headshot retouch, which includes removing skin blemishes, slight teeth whitening, modifying the exposure, sharpening, cropping.


How quickly do I get my photos after the session?

You will receive your original high-resolution headshots via email in 24 hours. Once you’ve selected your photos for retouching, we will return the edited headshot within 5 business days. You can also get Rush Delivery (1 business day vs 5 business days) for any headshot for $75/photo.


Do I get all my images?

 Yes. You receive an online gallery of the entire session. 


What backdrops do you have available at the studio?

We offer 6 studio backdrops along with 2 lighting styles. Colors include pure white, thunder gray, black, flamingo pink, red and blue.


What is your cancellation policy?

No fees for cancellations or reschedules requested with at least 24 hours notice. For example: If you have an appointment on Friday at 3pm, you can make changes anytime before Thursday 2:59pm. No cancellation after Thursday at 3pm.

If less than 24 hours notice, there is a $50 re-booking fee to reschedule your appointment. No-shows are non-refundable.


What if I am late?

We usually recommend our clients to arrive at least 5 minutes earlier. However, if you are late, we will have to shoot less. For example, if you are scheduled for an hour-long session from 4pm-5pm and you arrive at 4:15pm we’ll finish the session at 5pm as scheduled. 


How do you accept payment?

Cash, credit card, Venmo, Zelle, PayPal.


When do I pay the full amount?

At the time of your booking. 


What are your licensing terms?

You retain 100% copyrights to all original photos taken during your session. 



Emerald Gate Studios is your bay area headshot photographer conveniently located in Downtown Castro Valley.

The studio is in the Santa Maria Shopping Center 3 minutes off I-580 and I-880 and the I-238 junction

Whether you are in Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, Livermore, Walnut Creek, Fremont, Blackhawk, San Leandro, Hayward, Oakland, Concord, Pleasant Hill, Castro Valley, Lafayette, Pleasanton San Leandro Hayward is just a few minutes away.

When you think about “headshots near me,” or "professional headshots near me" think Emerald Gate Studios, East Bay’s headshot photography studio.

For large groups, commercial headshots, company headshots, and on location headshots, I offer my services at the convenience of your office, or at your event.