Headshots for Humanity – Help us Support Celebration of Smiles!

Don’t miss out on our upcoming “Headshots for Humanity” fundraiser event as part of Celebration of Smiles month, to be held on Saturday, April 21st from 11am to 2pm.

In partnership with Moving the Mitten Real Estate Group Timeless Images by Susan will be offering headshot photos in exchange for a small donation to Operation Smile! 100% of the event proceeds will benefit Operation Smile, which provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the world, thanks to thousands of volunteer doctors, nurses, dentists and specialized health care professionals. This nationwide fundraiser is being conducted by members of the Professional Photographers of America.


Every three minutes a child is born somewhere in the world with a facial deformity. One in ten will not survive to see their 1st birthday. Those who do often live in isolation and pain. More than 100,000 children are born with a facial deformity each year in Operation Smile’s 26 partner countries. Tens of thousands remain untreated. It takes as little as $240 to repair one smile and change a child’s life forever!

All registered participants will receive a special gift upon arrival and be entered into a free raffle for a spectacular prize basket! Enjoy refreshments, great conversation and networking with other local professionals. Two of my best makeup artists will even be on hand to give you last minute touch-ups before your photo-shoot!

If you would like to have an updated headshot for your Linked in profile, FB page, work website/newsletter or college graduation, and you would also love to help us make a BIG difference in the lives of many children in need, please register today! Together, we can make a difference!



Registration is simple and takes just minutes:  REGISTER HERE 

*If you are a local business and would like to donate to the raffle prizes or door gifts, please contact Susan Richardson at the studio: 734-391-8662.

For additional questions surrounding this event, please call: 734-391-8662.

Headshots for Humanity

Headshot Sessions | A Planning Guide

So you’ve booked a headshot or branding session.  Now what?  In order to get the most out of your investment, it helps to plan ahead.  During my pre-session consultations I talk through several points on my handy checklist, most of which are geared at helping my clients to be well-prepared for their photo shoot.  I work in a very collaborative nature with my clients to ensure a smooth process, and it’s my job to make sure that they have all the information they need to make their experience the best it can be!

Here are some helpful suggestions to walk you through the process:

First, Use a professional for your headshot photos:   It pays to remember that a headshot of any kind (actor, model, professional, executive, etc) is a branding tool.  You are selling yourself to someone and you only get one chance to make a GREAT first impression!  Think about the many ways in which you will be utilizing that image- Business cards, social media, newsletters, company marketing materials, promotional materials, prospective employers, news media, etc.  Or, in the case of models and actors, your images are actually printed out as 8×10 comp cards and handed directly to casting directors!  The quality couldn’t be more important!  This is your opportunity to put forth the best of you; to show people who you are through imagery.  No matter the industry, you owe it to yourself to invest in a proper headshot.  It can be the difference between your intended audience choosing you, or your competition.  With that said, do you want them to see a professional photo or a picture from your uncle’s wedding where you cropped out your drunk ex-girlfriend, or the selfie you took last week in the bathroom at the bar!  If you want others to take you seriously, then take your personal brand seriously.

Know what to expect during the photo shoot:  Your photographer should complete some type of pre-consult with you, either in person or via phone, to collect as much data as possible about you and your objectives.  Asking the right questions (Why, when, what, where, etc) are imperative.  If the photographer does not possess a complete vision of what you’re going for, they will not be able to help you convey your message clearly through the imagery.  Therefore, open communication is critical here. Be sure that you are explaining what you want and sharing your vision for the shoot.  You should also be informed of all the details about the session, including what you are getting for your fee.  Here would be some critical things to consider/inquire about:  

1. # of outfit choices
2. # backgrounds/backdrops
3. # proofs available to select from
4. # digital files in final deliverable; how many are low resolution/how many are high resolution?
5. Will the final delivered images include retouching or is that an extra charge?
6. What is included in the copyright release?  Is there a time limit on that release?
7. How will my final images be delivered?
8. What is the charge if I want to order more?
9. What if I don’t like any of the images in my proofs?
10. Are makeup artistry services included or available?
11. What is their reschedule/cancellation policy?

Many photographers advertise a low market rate for their headshot sessions only to reveal later that that they charge extra for retouching, per image (anywhere from $20-$70 each).  Once you add on those fees, their package prices are then, very similar to other photographers. So, just make sure that you clearly understand all pricing up front, before you purchase.

Preparation is key: You want to look your best so try to get a good nights sleep the day before and drink plenty of water in the days leading up to your session.  Both of these things will do wonders for your skin and help to lessen the bags and dark circles under your eyes.  It is highly advised not to make any drastic changes to your hair within 7 days prior to your photo shoot.  Doing so could be risky! If it doesn’t turn out well, you could end up frustrated and that frustration will show through in your images.

Wardrobe, 101:  Selecting the proper wardrobe is probably one of the most important parts of your preparation responsibilities!  There are many tips we can offer you (as can many other people-just Google it!).  Overall, here are the basics:

Dress appropriately for your industry and the image you want to present Dress appropriately for your industry and the image you want to present
Avoid black!  It drains all color from your skin and washes you out.  Instead, choose navy, brown, green, gray, burgundy or tan. Avoid black!  Instead choose navy, green, purple, burgundy, turqoise or other jewel tones.  Pastels are ok if they are on the darker side.  Avoid very soft, pale pastels.  Most women look dull & lifeless in them.
With dress shirts, avoid short sleeve; the professional way to go is long sleeve. Absolutely avoid sleeveless unless you’re rockin’ great arms.  Also, avoid turtlenecks and mock-neck tops, as they are outdated.
Men look great in colored dress shirts (pink, lavender, blue, grey).  Some small patterned dress shirts are nice but avoid large patterns (XL windowpane). Avoid crazy patterns and large, flowery patterns.  Go for solids or very simple patterns.
Jackets should be pressed and clean, no buttons missing and they should fit properly. Bring layering choices: Twinsets, a nice jacket/blazer, a leather jacket, a fitted sweater, etc.
Bring at least 1 tie (2 if all of your looks will be formal). Tie the tie in advance, if needed.  Half windsor is sufficient.  Ensure your ties are stain-free please! Scoop necks, crew necks, Vnecks are fine for knit tops but avoid low cut!  If you bring fitted, collared shirts, be sure they are pressed into place. Bottom line, bring things that make you feel good!
Bottom half will not usually be seen, but if you are shooting a branding session where some 3/4 shots may be taken, then bring along a nice pair of black trousers as an accompaniment. Accessories should be minimal in order to keep the emphasis on you.  Very small earrings, bracelets and/or necklaces.  No chunky jewelry.  Silk scarves could be worn for 1 outfit, to add some variety.
Ensure that all items are brought to the studio on hangers, are free from dirt and debris and have been pressed!  Wrinkles are enhanced in photos! Ensure that all items are brought to the studio on hangers, are free from dirt and debris and have been pressed!  Wrinkles are enhanced in photos!
A very nice watch or important ring is always a nice touch.  Bottom line, bring items that make you feel good! Makeup:  A professional makeup application is highly recommended for all female clients!  If you do not have the option through the photographer, you can have it done prior to your appointment.
Inform your photographer if you have any tattoos or scars that you would like to have removed in photoshop as part of the post-processing. Inform your photographer if you have any tattoos or scars that you would like to have removed in photoshop as part of the post-processing.
If you wear glasses: Inform your photographer if you would like some shots with and some shots without your glasses. If you wear glasses: Inform your photographer if you would like some shots with and some shots without your glasses.
































What happens after the photo shoot?: Typically, your photographer will inform you of the approximate date when your proofs will be ready and how you can go about making your selections.  This will range anywhere from same-day to 3-5 days.  Once you make your selections they will deliver your finished product.  However, it doesn’t end there. Be sure that you know what to do with the files once you receive them, including deciphering which ones are meant for online use and which ones are meant for print.  Also, typically, you will want to place duplicate copies of those files into a folder somewhere, (ie: on your desktop) labeled “my headshots 20xx” or something similar and then keep the originals in a safe place as your backup.  That way, you have them easily accessible for uploading into all the places you will need them on social media, etc.

Note: Actors are “special”: For actors, generally, the majority of rules above still apply.  However, when shooting, actor headshots will be cropped in closer, with an emphasis on the eyes.  Actors are encouraged to deliver a bit more emotion and energy in their headshot photos so as to engage the attention of the casting director.  In addition, makeup is usually utilized in a minimal fashion, as the objective is to allow the actor to be portrayed similarly to how they look in real life, with very little re-touching.  With wardrobe, KIS: Keep it simple!  These images must be all about you, your face and your expression.  No jewelry.  In addition, actors usually need both color and B&W images for their portfolio.

The bottom line….a great headshot is your silent sales person!  It is selling your personal brand for you in ways that you can’t imagine.  Whether it’s adorning your Linkedin profile or sitting as the header on your monthly newsletter or CV, or maybe you’re one of the lucky people who has their photo branded right on their business card!  A great, professional headshot should last you a couple of years before you need to update it (actors need a new one every year, or sooner).

Here’s to great branding!


Timeless Images by Susan.  We provide individual headshot sessions, corporate group headshots on location and team/group portraits.  Call for more information today! 734.391.8662

Headshots | HS Seniors | Glamour

Member: PPA

International Women’s Day, a Day to Celebrate

In celebration of International Women’s Day I think of all the great women that I am blessed to have encountered in my life including my grandmother, my sister, my best friends…  Today, I want to pay homage my mother.  Growing up, I was blessed to have a stay-at-home mom, who devoted her time to my sister and me, whether by continually shuttling us from gymnastics to dancing to swimming to tennis to brownies to girlfriends sleepovers or just by offering words of wisdom during a difficult breakup with a silly boy. Mom was not only a guiding light throughout our teenage, troublesome years, but also served as a mentor and support “mom” for lots of our friends, who weren’t fortunate to have the same kinds of connections with their parents that we did.  She could be counted on to lend an ear or just sit and listen, when they needed a caring, supportive, attentive adult presence in their life.  This was her gift, and she truly enjoyed mentoring kids-she still does.

She taught me a lot about finding and keeping good friends and also, later, about work balance; how to be a good professional person and how to hold your own as a professional female in the workplace.  When she was diagnosed with cancer it was a rough blow to all of us and a rude awakening that your parents just may not be around forever.  Helping her through that time was difficult.  No one wants to see someone that you love go through such an experience.  It’s heart-breaking.  However, through lots of prayer and divine intervention, my mom is here with us today and I wouldn’t have it any other way!  I love you mom!  Thank you for being a kick-ass mom, a great influence and my biggest fan.  You’re a wonderful role model for mom’s everywhere and the reason that day’s like this were created.  I hope  I have lived up to your expected potential.

So, today, let’s celebrate all women-no matter what status or title they hold, for the sheer fact that they have achieved, accomplished and pushed forward in some capacity.  For the fact that we are moving, shaking, upsetting and knocking down doors and glass ceilings.  For the girls who need us to show them that they are beautiful and perfect, just the way they are.  Be  you and do your thing!  Today is for all women, of all shapes, sizes, colors, occupations, etc…YOU ROCK!

Be you, be beautiful, be timeless!!!!

Here’s to mom-and my sister (love you!)…and some other awesome women that I’ve photographed!

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NAIAS-Detroit | 2018

So I’m a little late posting this…  In addition to my regular portraiture work, I love the chance to get out and shoot casually and creatively, especially when I can attend fun events that are exciting for me!  I look forward to attending the International Auto show as often as possible.  I don’t make it every year, but when I do, I truly enjoy the event for all the wonder and excitement that it brings. You never know what to expect and since there’s so much competition among the key players, you’re sure to see some amazing displays!  This year, there seemed to be an elevated presence of suppliers which I found interesting as I marveled at today’s engineering and technical ingenuity; while the rest of my group could have cared less.  Must be the influence from my father who spent a career as an engineer in the auto industry on the supplier side.  Nonetheless, from a purely artistic aspect, I also get a thrill just looking at the show from a design perspective, oohing and ahhing at all the intricate details, bright colors and sexy lines that make up some of the more popular models.   Although, I cannot forget the muscle cars; they are my first love and ultimately, the vehicles I enjoy lingering with, the most! After all, I am a pony girl! (#mustangsrule) At the end of the day, there really is something for everyone to see at the North American International Auto Show. If you’ve never been, you really should go.  Here’s a little recap for those of you who didn’t make it this year… #NAIAS2018

Gabby, Class of 2018 | Senior Picture Photographer, Metro Detroit

It’s the big day…we’re shooting senior pictures…I know I’m going to have a great time with this one when she shows up to the studio wearing fuzzy slippers and pajama pants!… Meet Gabby, Class of 2018 senior from Thurston High School!  A member of student government and homecoming court, this smart, spirited and fun girl is packed with personality. Despite being a little shy, I soon found out that you can’t be fooled by her quiet demeanor.  Once you get to know her you’ll be treated to the quirky, outgoing side of Gabby and soon, you’ll just want to hang out with her all day long!  Our chosen location was the River Walk in Detroit and we were truly blessed with a magical 72 degree afternoon in October.  The boardwalk was buzzing with lots of people and great photo opp’s.  Thanks for a wonderful afternoon Gabby.  We’re wishing you an amazing senior year!

Makeup by: All about Beauty by Danell (Danell Ledin)

Timeless Images by Susan is a contemporary portrait studio, specializing in senior portraiture, located in Belleville, Michigan.  We serve the cities of Belleville, Canton, Plymouth, Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, Livonia, Northville and Novi.

Contact Susan at 734.391.8662 to schedule your photo shoot today!!  Last call: Class of 2018- Spring of 2018 dates still available!


Headshots | Moving the Mitten Real Estate, Belleville, Michigan

Sometimes in life you are blessed to meet incredible individuals.  Therese Antonelli is one of those people.  She is an outstanding entrepreneur with a skilled business mind who knows how to treat people; both clients and employees.  She lives life to the fullest and has worked her *** off for everything she has achieved.  People stick with her because she cares and because she delivers what she promises.   From the moment I first met Therese I was excited to talk with her and get to know her, especially since we shared so many similar values when it came to service and business philosophy; take care of people the way you want to be taken care of!  I am very appreciative of the opportunities I have to photograph her team’s professional headshots and support her branding efforts.  Each of her hand-picked agents are dedicated, hard working and determined individuals.  If you’re in the market for a new home or in need of an agent to help you sell your existing home, I urge you to call Therese’s team!  You won’t be disappointed.

To learn more about the Moving the Mitten team, click HERE




Gabby, Class of 2018 | Senior Picture Photographer, Metro Detroit

Meet the many sides of Gabby, a Huron High School senior from the Class of 2018!  She is fun, quirky, beautiful and smart.  She likes to read and listen to music.  At first, you think she’s quiet and shy, but wait until you get to know her…she’s actually boisterous and a little crazy-and I kind of like that about her.  She possesses all of the traits a girl needs to get her through life and I have no doubt that she is well on her way to a wonderfully successful adventure, as she steps out into the next chapter of her life.

Makeup by:  Danell Ledin

Location shoot:  Downtown Plymouth, Michigan

Timeless Images by Susan is a contemporary portrait studio, specializing in senior portraiture, located in Belleville, Michigan.  We serve the cities of Belleville, Canton, Plymouth, Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, Livonia, Northville and Novi. Contact Susan at 734.391.8662 to schedule your photo shoot or simply for a free consultation!!  Last call: Class of 2018- Spring of 2018 dates still available!

Canton Headshot Photographer

I had the pleasure of photographing two incredible, prominent professionals from the Canton area recently.  I love meeting new people and learning new things about those people and what they do!  Beth and Bob are both involved in two totally different industries:

Beth is the Managing Director of Donor Relations for the Canton Community Foundation.  The Foundation is focused on  enhancing philanthropic endeavors throughout Canton and the surrounding communities.  They work with donors to invest in important causes as well as assisting other charitable organizations in an effort to help them continue in their missions.

Beth’s makeup by: Crystal Drake

Bob is an Optometrist at Direct Optical in Canton.  He is a very busy man, regularly presenting medical documentation and testifying in court cases as an expert witness, providing documentation at the House of Representatives and offering his expertise to the American Association for Diabetes.

Book your headshot today:  Call us now to check availability: 734.391.8662

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