About Colin Key

Richmond Headshot Photographer

When I first landed in New York years ago, my first agent requested I look into getting some “New York caliber” Headshots. Whatever that meant. But I dutifully took a list of photographer names she offered and did my research. I quickly figured out that there was definitely a vibe to Headshots in NY and LA that my shots didn’t have. I was so green – a real industry newbie – and I had a lot to learn. I managed to scrape together the funds needed to hire one of the big-name Headshot photographers of the day. It was truly a sizable investment by today’s standards. But hey, this was my future – my dreams – and if I was going to do it, I was going to do it right! 

I laugh now thinking about how much pressure I felt to just get it right, to get that perfect Headshot, make my agent happy, and launch my career. Well try to imagine what a relaxed, confident human looks like. Got the visual? Now imagine the exact opposite. Every once in a while I come across those shots and laugh! This incredibly talented photographer had managed to capture hundreds of images of the most uptight guy on the planet. Out of all those photos, only ONE was even close to usable. All that money down the drain – not to mention the stress I put myself through – for one mediocre Headshot!

Now that I’m on the other side of the lens, I think about that experience all the time. It reminds me to keep the focus on creating an environment where people feel relaxed and confident. Because I think picture day should be fun – and empowering! Helping people look and feel their best is the fuel that drives me. That’s why I take the time to get to know you and your work. We talk, we laugh, and then we take some pictures. It’s pretty much that simple. Remember, no matter who takes your photos, your Headshot session should be enjoyable and never leave you feeling pressured to “just get it right.”

Colin Key Photography
2910 W Moore Street
Richmond, VA 23230
(804) 714-8815