Ever been told to smile? You probably don’t think you’re great in front of the camera, but a new kind of headshot experience will change that.
Facial expressions that build trust.
Facial expressions that create connection.
Facial expressions that elevate your professional game.
Hello, it's Jon Meadows, a headshot photographer and expression coach in Washington, D.C.
Don't waste money on another headshot you won't love. If you haven't been able to perform in front of the camera, you should know that's not your fault. That's the photographer's fault!
Book a new kind of headshot experience.
Let me teach and guide you to a headshot showing competence, confidence, and approachability to the world. Make a dramatically better first impression, and get ahead.
I can't wait to create stunning headshots with you.
Book a convenient time for a session. You'll receive comprehensive preparation guidelines, and I'll see you at the studio!
The Headshot Session
My studio is right by Eastern Market in Washington, D.C.
During the session, we’ll review images. By the end, we will have marked all the best images, and we will review your favorites together, and you’ll make your image selections.
The final price of the experience will depend on how many images you want. Some clients only want one, while some want nine! (Each image is $65, and that includes retouching by my professional retoucher.)
Say hello to a new kind of headshot experience.
Too many headshot photographers will hang their clients out to dry. "Turn your shoulders that way and smile" *Click* *Click* *Click* *Click* *Click* "Which one do you want?"
Expression coaching from an expert headshot photographer is an interactive experience. Engaging expressions come from engaging headshot sessions when there is a mutual effort to work as a team. It's not about taking 200 pictures; it's all about the coaching.
We will craft headshots together that set you apart from the crowd and create trust create connection at the beginning of every professional relationship.
Make a better first impression, get more opportunities, meet more professionals, make better connections in your career, and get more business.
Headshots Near DC
Capitol Hill Headshots
Located on Capitol Hill, my beautiful studio is three blocks from Eastern Market Metro (Blue, Silver, and Orange).
Why are headshots important?
Headshots work for us or against us, building or diminishing trust.
People make assumptions based on how we present ourselves.
Professional headshots help create the right first impression.
A high-end headshot is a combination of photography things like lighting and camera height and a spark of human connection with a genuine expression.
What happens at a headshot session?
Following the preparation guidelines in the email confirming your appointment, you'll arrive with clothing options. We will take a look and decide what will work best on camera.
If you added professional makeup, you'll have that applied.
For about 20 minutes, you'll receive expression coaching and we'll take pictures.
Throughtout the process, we will review images on a laptop, marking the ones that might make the final cut.
At the end, you'll choose the headshots you want. I will deliver the retouched images within a week.
How much does a headshot cost?
I have an extremely simply pricing structure. Please click the button below to see it, and then book a convenient time.
How should I dress for my headshot?
In your headshot confirmation email, you will receive a link to preparation guidelines with information on what to wear.
Simply put, I recommend clean, simple, non-distracting clothing that fits well and that you enjoy wearing. Check the guidelines for full guidance.
What expression is best for my headshot?
I coach my clients to convey confidence (competence, professionalism) and approachability (friendliness, warmth).
It is key to have both. Based on my discussion with the client and what position they hold and want, we determine how much of each we want.
A DJ probably wants more approachability, while a CEO probably wants more confidence.
Why should I trust High-End Headshots?
I have a very particular set of skills, all designed to provide a world-class headshot: lighting, body positioning, face angle, camera height, an eye for detail, and the ability to coach you to a confident and approachable expression.
This is my art. If I don't create images that wow you, they probably don't wow me either. I have fun when we create amazing images, and I want to have fun.
I think my work speaks for itself.
DC Headshot Photographer
I am a headshot photographer and expression coach, creating high-end headshots for professionals, mostly in and around Washington, D.C. I am an associate photographer in Peter Hurley's Headshot Crew.
Peter unlocked headshot photography for me. Even more important than the technical stuff, he showed me how to get the best out of people and make them comfortable in front of my camera.
This is not “3, 2, 1, smile” photography. I coach my clients to look confident and approachable.
The human face is the most interesting thing to photograph. Each face is different, and I have learned that each one is amazing.
Having a high-end headshot changes the way we view ourselves. It can open our eyes to what others see and makes us more confident people.
More about Me
My wonderful wife Katie and I love living in D.C. and spending time with our baby girl!
I grew up in New Hampshire, was educated there and in England, and I worked as a paralegal in Manhattan, where I met Katie. After six months of paralegal work, I ditched my plans to be a lawyer and jumped into politics, working on the campaign trails in New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Louisiana. In 2015, we moved to Washington, D.C. for a job on the Hill. That came to an end, and I was growing weary of the political world and falling in love with headshot photography at the same time.
Everything aligned, and I went full-time, and I'm not looking back. I love working one-on-one with amazing people and providing a high-end headshot experience.
When a headshot is art...
Headshots are, or at least can be, a form of art.
I showed early signs of creativity in my childhood, but the two most like professional headshot photography were creating pen and ink drawings and writing essays.
The most striking characteristic about these two activities as it applies to headshot photography is that we start out with nothing on the page. The pen and ink drawing can be of any subject, any quality. It's completely up to what the artist does with the pens, or which keyboard buttons the writer presses.
When someone new steps in front of my camera for a headshot, I have no pictures of them. I can change that with the click of a shutter. *Click* I have taken a photograph of a human being. I have that headshot. Capturing a picture of a human is special in itself really.
But the fun, artistic, creative part is far different from drawing or writing. This is collaborative art. It's not just up to me. My subject and I work as a team.
It is my job to get them to a point where what we create will be a valuable marketing and branding tool for them (that's the most important part of a paid shoot obviously) and that the headshot speaks to me, that I am proud of what we created together.
I know many headshot photographers across the world who feel like I do about their work, but I don't think everyone who does this for a living or as a side hustle feels this strongly.
It may sound selfish for a business owner to be talking about whether he gets enjoyment out of the final product for a client. It's for the client, not me, right? But I think my clients get great benefit out of my investment in the final product. I don't settle; I probably want a better final product than my clients do sometimes. I'm totally committed.
That's when a headshot is art.