Professional Headshots

Our Approach, Pricing & Process

Santa Barbara Headshot Photographer

Recent Business Headshots

Headshot Photographer–Individuals & Teams

When searching for business photographers or a professional headshot photographer in your area, please keep Doug Ellis Photography in mind. We are one of the pre-eminent Santa Barbara photographers offering professional headshots and portraits on location or in studio for individuals, groups and teams. Based on our Thumbtack, Google and Yelp reviews of the best Santa Barbara headshot photographers we can assure you we make the process easy, joyful and dare we say fun? 

Images that Work to Get You Work

We create bespoke business branding photos with photo studio backgrounds to match current company website or LinkedIN photos  using a marketing firm or PR lighting and posing spec sheet, using green screen for compositing, and/or specific office or architectural backgrounds to match specific Pantone colors.  We offer tiered volume headshot pricing for teams of three or more and discounts for military personnel, nonprofits, and students.  All professional headshot sessions receive a style guide and posing videos and a branding discovery form to help you look and feel your best.  For brand makeovers or image assets for a brand new website it is often helpful to consider a branding photographer or branding image collection to help you anticipate and solve your business needs. 

Executive Coach Headshot
Professional coach for MCC executive coach.
Actor Headshot
Actor headshot for Actor Jamie Warm.
Paul Feller for Icaro Media
For product launch of Icaro Media.
Mechanics Banker Business Portraits
headshots for banker for Mechanics Bank
Actor Headshot for Paris Khougaz
Actors Headshot in studio.
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Indoor Seated Business Portrait
For coach and therapist branding.
Outdoor Standing Portrait at Santa Barbara Courthouse
On location at Santa Barbara Courthouse
Natural Window Portrait
Natural window lit portrait for hair salon employee.
Venture Capital Founder Portrait
Biotech Scientist Portrait
On location for Goleta based biotech company.
Actor Headshot
actor headshot for actor theo devaney
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Dr Charity Dean for United Talent
Author and branding photos for Dr. Charity Dean, CEO of Public Health Company.
Attorney Headshots in Studio
Formal attorney portrait or headshot on gray background with lighting.
Patrick Daugherty for Serimmune
Evangeline Kochanek Health & Nutrition
Headshot for health and wellness coach
Senior Pictures
Headshot for graduating high school senior.
Portrait Studio Headshot for Financial Services
For financial services professional in Santa Barbara.
Outdoor Business Headshot
Outdoor business headshot in Santa Barbara
Black and White Business Headshot
For insurance company in Carpinteria.
Sales Exec on White Background
Female Business Portrait in Santa Barbara
Female business portrait in downtown Santa Barbara.
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Tech Company Headshots Santa Barbara
For technology firm in Santa Barbara
Cortney Warren Author Branding Photo
Author branding photos
Theo Devaney Acting Headshot
Acting headshot for actor Theo Devaney
Business Portrait Santa Barbara Courthouse
Lawyer headshot at SB Courthouse
France Windance Twine
Author Photo for France Windance Twine
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C Suite Tech Headshot
C suite headshot of tech exec santa barbara
Author Photo for Karen Roberts
Karen Roberts author photo at Alice Keck Park Santa Barbara.
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How Much Do Professional Headshots Cost?

Business headshots and branding photos in Santa Barbara generally range from approximately $175 on the low-end at JC Penney portraits and other discount photo studios or craigslist photographers all the way up into five and six figures for high end commercial celebrity and fine art photographers. Actor headshot pricing and business headshot pricing is based on the time involved and the number of “looks” or outfits/scenarios you would like to depict. Junior level headshot photographers within Santa Barbara charge between $250-$350 for a session. Higher-end more experienced photographers charge more, both because their experience saves you time and the aggravation of being practiced on and unpleasantly surprised. But also because they generally have better equipment, assistants, stylists and other staff and more subtle retouching techniques.

My one look business headshot session starts at $395, including an online gallery of approximately 75 selects and retouching of your top three favorites. This is the professional headshot scheduling link to schedule your one look session and I also offer a free zoom consult link to chat things through. Additional looks/outfits are $100 and I also have a professional hair and makeup person available on set as well.

I also offer a $75 discount for bringing a friend, discounts for military personnel, students and nonprofits as well as volume discounts for teams and groups of three or more.

What Makes Me One of the Best Headshot Photographers in Santa Barbara?

The difference is in the preparation and care we take to get to know you and what you are up to. We include a complimentary Zoom discovery call, pre-discovery form and style guide and audit of your current branding and website to make sure what we c-create is aligned with your current reality and branding aspirations. We confirm your taste and intended outcome for your headshots both before the session and after by photographing tethered to a large monitor so you can see the results. You also gain the benefit of almost 20 years of experience and the use of professional lighting and diffusion equipment (including portrait studio space as needed). We take a team approach that includes an assistant/sherpa to carry any extra gear, clothes, bags, etc smooth out distractions, and hair and makeup and fashion and prop styling as needed.We take the time to make sure your professional headshots exceed your expectations and that they will be retouched sized, cropped to the exact dimensions you need them. We pride ourselves on imagery that gets used, on the web, in advertising, for editorial or publishing use, and product packaging and external marketing collateral like annual report photography

Where do I go for Acting Headshots and Modeling Headshots in Santa Barbara?

We do! There are several local acting schools and theatre companies in Santa Barbara and we do the actor headshots for many of them. We work with some of the acting and modeling casting agencies in LA for child actor headshots and adult acting headshots alike. We offer competitive actor headshot rates on a sliding scale particularly for students or members of the acting schools here in Santa Barbara. We offer a variety of styles of acting headshot, from candid/SoCal lifestyle type imagery near our offices in downtown Santa Barbara to full on in portrait studio headshots with seamless backgrounds and lighting and even green screen as needed. Click here to see some more examples.

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"Doug Works From The Heart With Clear Awareness, Sensitivity And Creativity. And He Was Very Respectful Of And Tuned Into Me And My Needs."
Wildnerss Leader Terry Tillman
“Doug Ellis Is Such An Extraordinary Photographer. Not Only Is His Work First-Rate, He Is So Great To Work With. Professional, Encouraging, And A Real Pro. He Gets My Highest Recommendation!"
J.D, Actors Lab
“I Loved Working With Doug On My Recent Photo Shoot For A Picture On The Author's Page Of My Forthcoming Book. He's Super Professional And Talented, Really Knows What He's Doing. Everything About His Whole Operation Is Top Notch, Which Gave Me A Lot Of Confidence.”
Jill S, Author And Therapist
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