From one individual to a whole business, professional portraits are vital to your online presence.
Business headshots are an essential part of modern communication strategy. People WILL judge you by your headshot so it is essential that your Linkedin and social media profiles have a professional up-to-date picture. It should demonstrate your professionalism, a casual snap from a friend or collegue will not be good enough. Remember first impressions count.
The photo should also reflect the values of the sector that you are in, so a barrister’s portrait should not be in the same style as someone who works in the media. A professional photographer will help you create an image that mirrors the values of your industry. Having a high quality business portrait is a great investment which will pay for itself many times over.
Portraits needn’t take a lot of time. We have full mobile studio equipment and can set up at your offices, so we can photograph your workforce on site. This minimises disruption to your busy schedule, and making the whole experience seamless and cost effective. We offer packages on a per-head basis, with big savings for larger groups. Hair and make-up services can be provided as an additional option. Please make sure you mention this when you ask for a quote.
You should update your business headshot regularly. If your profile photos are a few years old they need refreshing, and could be costing you clients.
To get a quote for your Business Headshots call 07552 990080 or use the contact form at the bottom of this page.
You can tailor portrait sessions to fit your needs. I can consult on everything from lighting style and background colour to dress code and make up. I can shoot portraits to match pre-existing ones on your website print media if you need a top up of an existing body of work.
Some Tips for great Business Portraits.
To get the most value out of your portrait it is important you are absolutely happy with it. A good photographer will always strive to get the best from every sitter, but there are still things you can do to make sure your photo is the best it can be.
1.Get a good night’s sleep.
A good night’s sleep is the best first step to a great portrait. Tired faces can look puffy. This is the sort of thing a photographer won’t pick up on if they haven’t met you before, but will be obvious to you later. If you do arrive at the office tired, try to schedule your photograph for the afternoon, that can help.
2. What to wear.
Your business headshot should reflect your corporate dress policy. For formal offices, where a jacket and tie is required for men things are pretty straightforward. Just make sure that everything fits well, is properly ironed, and neutral in colour. For women avoid anything too low cut or too tight, especally if the buttons can gape and show a glimpse of underwear. Fine stripes or checks can sometimes look strange when a photo is reduced for the web and are best avoided.
For casual offices, avoid any clothes with logos. Especially if they have the year on them or something else that will date the photo. T-shirts can often imply you are a junior member of staff. You will probably use the same photo for a couple of years. Even if you are a junior when the photo is taken, you may be promoted during that time. Most men and women approaching middle age will not look good in a T-shirt in this context. As a rule, I would recommend open necked shirts for men and equivalent smart casual attire for women. Add a jacket if you want the photos to be a bit smarter.
If you normally wear glasses, you should wear them for your portrait. Your photographer should be able take care of any reflections from the flash.
Portraits used together look better if they are consistant in posing and style. I pose sitters to reflect where the final image will appear. If your photo is going to be used next to a written profile, your body should angled towards the text. On screen your body position should point to the centre of the screen and not out from it. During the session, it is important to have some variation in both pose and facial expression. I try to create photos to use in different contexts. It is particularly important to have both smiling and serious photos if they are going to be used in a PR context. You wouldn’t want a smiley faced photo accompanying a bad news story!
5. Check yourself in the mirror immediately before your portrait.
This is straightforward you can easily forget it. Check and brush your hair immediately before your photo. This is particularly important for women or men with longer hair, as it can gradually get more messy during the working day. Check too for stray eyebrows or nose hairs! For women you may want to touch up your make up, men may want to wash their face if they look sweaty or shiny in the mirror. Also check all buttons and zips are fastened and collars are straight.
6 Relax and have fun.
Sitting for your portrait isn’t painful, so try and enjoy the experience. A good photographer will know how to put you at ease and get great results.
To book your business headshot call 07552 990080 or use the quote form below
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