For anyone considering getting new professional headshots in the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the first questions will be around headshot pricing.
With tech companies galore and a seemingly endless numbers of cool, innovative professionals who are competing in rapidly growing industries, it’s never been more popular to get a new headshot to boost your online brand.
The San Francisco Bay Area is also home to a burgeoning industry in film and modeling, so actor and modeling headshots have become increasingly popular.
So, we decided to review all photography providers in San Francisco to provide our readers with a range of prices for the local area.
How much do headshots cost in San Francisco?
In general, pricing for headshots in the SF Bay Area varies significantly based on the provider, the setting, and any “extras” required with your session.
Studio Headshots: Typically range from $120 – $550 depending on the provider and session length. Sessions that last 15 to 30 minutes usually cost $120 – $300, while longer sessions are $200 to $550.
Here are the top providers of studio sessions: HeadShots Inc, Grace Image Photography, and SRK Headshot Day.
Outdoor Headshots: Typically range from $200 to $350, but can cost as much as $2,000. Photographers typically charge more for these sessions because they need to cover the cost of travel and coordinating outdoor sessions, which are subject to change due to weather.
Here are the top providers of outdoor sessions: Snappr, Portraits To The People, and HeadShots Inc.
Group Headshots: Typically range from$500 – $1000 per hour. However, the actual cost per person may vary widely depending on how many sessions a photographer can offer per hour. For reference, HeadShots Inc recommends 6 people per hour, but can go as fast as 12 people per hour.
Here are the top providers of group sessions: Gustav Fernandez, HeadShots Inc, and Two Dudes Photo.
Beware of hidden costs. For some providers, sessions do not come with any airbrushed photos included, and may be $75 extra each. There may also be specific “licensing” fees depending on how you’d like to use your headshot.
Note: All HeadShots Inc sessions come with one airbrushed photo included and unlimited use of your photos (no licensing fees ever).
Where can I get cheap headshots in San Francisco?
We may be biased, but the best deal in the San Francisco Bay Area is very likely HeadShots Inc’s Express Studio Session. You’ll get an amazing headshot plus an airbrushed photo for just $150 total — no hidden fees.
There is another option that’s $99, but there is noticeable dropoff in quality at that price range.
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