The Artful Headshot: Natural, Expressive, and Flattering Portraits for Professionals and Creatives with Leslie Crane

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Learn everything you need to know about shooting headshots!

Discover how to apply the most flattering angles, positioning techniques, and lighting (both natural and studio) to produce dynamic, authentic portraits your clients will love. Watch along on video to see how Leslie’s methods, prompts & poses produce amazing results with subjects during actual sessions.

You’ll find out how to set your subjects at ease, connect with them meaningfully, and draw forth real expressions.And gain specific compositional techniques for headshots, including the use of lines, eye placement, and how and when to include negative space. You’ll also learn a variety of ways to price and structure headshot sessions for both portrait clients and commercial clients alike. Then get step-by-step tips for editing headshots, from how to achieve beautiful skin tones to light retouching for natural results.

what you’ll get:


A 78-page e-book containing everything you need to know about shooting successful headshot sessions!

  • 8 shooting and behind-the scenes videos
  • A video tour of Leslie’s studio
  • 7 editing videos (and an exclusive retouching Photoshop action set for enhancing eyes, smoothing skin, and whitening and brightening teeth!)

*Please note: All items in this listing are digital downloads that must be downloaded to a computer (you may transfer to an iPad after your original download to a computer).  Due to the nature of digital downloads, they are non-refundable.

about your presenter

Leslie Crane is an on-location and studio portrait photographer in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota area. She specializes in portraiture of children, families, high school seniors, musicians, and creative professionals. Her style, which is inspired by her subjects, has been described as fresh, sweet, simple, clean, classic, uncluttered, natural, and heartfelt. A former opera singer and music teacher, Leslie also produces classical music programs for public radio stations, and homeschools her two sons.

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  • 5
    This Course Gave Me Confidence for a Studio Session

    Posted by Christina on 23rd Apr 2021

    I have been a mostly outdoor senior and portrait photographer for a while now, so the overall concept of headshots is not new to me. However, I recently was approached by an actor to do a few studio headshots for her applications, which was definitely outside of my comfort zone. The first thing I did was go purchase Leslie's breakout, and I am so happy I did. If you are like me and are afraid of simply not knowing enough of the basics to capture what your clients need for their various headshots (actor vs. musician vs. corporate, etc), I can't recommend this course enough. Leslie packs a lot of information into a short breakout and helped me navigate the various nuances with more confidence. I feel as though I was able to deliver a more thorough and varied gallery than I would have without this course.

  • 5

    Posted by Karyssa Rosales on 6th Mar 2021

    I wish I would have taken this class sooner! When people would ask me to do headshots I would turn them down or get so nervous because I didn’t think I could do them justice but after taking this class I am confident in doing them! Everything was easy to understand and very well taught.

  • 3

    Posted by Unknown on 19th Dec 2020

    I'm about halfway through the course, and although there are some really helpful techniques, the course overall was more lowkey than I expected. The instructor, Leslie Crane, is very easy to understand and videos clarify what she describes in the e-book. I think the level of benefit will come from how you respond to the format. But for me, it wasn't as in-depth as I expected.

  • 5
    I just finished this breakout and WOW

    Posted by Terri on 13th Oct 2020

    …so much wonderful information and very helpful. I loved how Leslie demonstrated and explained what she was doing and her methods to relax the client. Once I got going on this breakout, I couldn’t stop…I wanted to soak up all that could!! And, the editing was so good…I am always open to learning new ways or techniques and there was wonderful information that I’ll be adding to my post processing routine!! I highly recommend this breakout…even if you are a “headshot” you will learn a lot that will be helpful in your photography journey!

  • 5
    This breakout is AMAZING!!!

    Posted by Tanya O'Hara on 13th Oct 2020

    So much valuable information and insights and many, many aha moments! You will not regret downloading this breakout. It’s full of shooting AND editing videos with many tips and tricks for getting just the right headshot. I’m eager to go back through it all, and I just finished it. Seriously, get it

  • 5
    I have been shooting headshots for a few years now

    Posted by Aimee Glucina on 13th Oct 2020

    and I find them challenging because of how posed they are (which is not the style I employ in my family work). Leslie shared so many wonderful tips and tricks for making people look their best in what is typically a fairly unnatural scenario! Leslie’s relaxed and friendly nature is clearly infectious and there’s so much to be learned from the way she talks to and relaxes her clients. Her “saying hi” technique is my new favourite! Leslie has poured her heart into creating comprehensive materials packed with gems. I love that Leslie covers varied lighting set ups (including natural light only) and editing in both PS and LR – making this a truly accessible course for everyone.

  • 5
    Loving what I have learned in this breakout so far!

    Posted by Elizabet R on 13th Oct 2020

    I’m not a professional photographer, but I’m finding I can use these tips for everyday use as well. Leslie does a great job thoroughly explaining her process. I feel like if I ever have a headshot client, Leslie’s tips will help both my client and myself love our session!

  • 5
    I’m primarily a Headshot/Portrait photographer, and have been following Leslie’s tutorials and tips ever since I’ve became a CM member, so I’ve been hoping she’d provide a headshot breakout.

    Posted by /nina Nelson on 13th Oct 2020

    It was amazing and I’m so incredibly grateful to Leslie for the time, effort she put into it and the years of experience that she shared. She’s as calm and sweet coaching us as she is her clients. The succinct videos showed exactly how she ran different sessions for all different clients…men, women, musicians, businessmen, lifestyle, actors. She covered outside and inside shots, natural light, strobes and combination of lights. Yup, Leslie thought of everything. Highly recommend.

  • 5
    This breakout is an absolute steal for this price!

    Posted by Kelly on 13th Oct 2020

    I have paid hundreds of dollars for tutorials that don’t even come close to being nearly as comprehensive. This is a MUST HAVE resource for anyone who wants to get good skin tones. This breakout is also fantastic for anyone who wants to try lighting and anyone who wants to learn good posing techniques for headshots and portraits. Run, do not walk, to this one!