Company Headshot Backgrounds The background you choose for your employee backgrounds should be consistent with your brand, enhance your people's professional image, and, most importantly, makes your people the star of the show. I feel backgrounds should be simple and should never compete with the people's faces for attention. There are four different types of backgrounds I suggest shooting on. GRAY Grays work on any website regardless of the branding or color scheme. I shoot
I like to crop my headshots tightly because I know it has a powerful effect on how people see them. To illustrate my points, I’ve included a side-by-side comparison of the same image with a tight crop and a loose crop. Why I crop my headshots tightly: I want my headshots to make a powerful impression on the people who view them. The tighter crop allows the viewer to feel the man’s confidence projecting out from the photo. Headshots are all about expression. If we show the upp
I like to use clean, crisp, and contemporary lighting for my headshots. It’s very appropriate for headshots of Silicon Valley professionals. Traditional Low-tech lighting. Most photographers use “Rembrandt Lighting,” developed in the early 1600s. This lighting style depends on positioning the light to the side and slightly ahead of the subject to cast shadows that create depth and form in an image. It’s a fine solution given the low level of technology available to them at th
I’ve designed my studio to give my clients the dignified experience they deserve and make it easy for them to get great headshots. The people I photograph are busy executives who have multiple demands on their time. My studio is conveniently located just off Hwy. 101 and San Antonio Rd. making it easy for my clients to stop in, get great photos and be on their way to the next appointment, catch a flight, or head home without the frustration of navigating endless side streets.
I make the people I photograph stand up while we’re working. This helps people feel more confident and makes it easier to show enthusiasm and confidence in company headshots. My career began with a summer job photographing kid's portraits in K-mart department stores, Walmart's slightly higher-priced precursor. I had to sit the kids down to keep them in one place long enough to be photographed. I learned that whenever someone sits down, their posture and their demeanor changed
First impressions set the stage for your success. According to a 2018 paper by Irmak Okten published in the Association of Psychological Science, people make split-second decisions about other’s character, such as trustworthiness and competence, based solely on their facial appearance. According to 2016 research on first impressions, two Princeton researchers found that people judge one another based on one’s appearance within the first 1/10 second of meeting or seeing them.
The things I value most about the professional services I commission are the quality of the work produced and the professionalism of the providers I choose. I give every individual I photograph the same level of care and concern that I would want for myself in that situation. Whether they admit it or not, everyone enjoys being fussed over. By proving to each person, I photograph I value their professional image as much as they do. They feel much more confident and comfortable
I have a simple three-step plan that I use every time I shoot, whether the job is company headshots for 300 employees or a single executive in my studio. The plan simply stated is preparation, execution, and conclusion. This post is about preparing for your company headshots photoshoot on location Preparation is Pre Production: Have you ever heard the phrase “We’ll fix it in post!”? I prefer to fix it in pre by asking the questions and investing the time to set the stage for
Photography has always been a three-step process: preparation, execution, and finishing. Preparation is to be well-rested and well-dressed. Execution is my job. I’m responsible for making people look good by helping them express themselves authentically. Finishing, Retouching in the case of company headshots adds the final polish to an already good image. Above, you can see the same headshot in its unretouched state, with budget retouching and my standard retouching. The diff
When I began my career back in the 1980s, I was trained to have people sit down for their photos. This creates more problems than it solves. It’s easier for the photographer if the subject is sitting down, but it is not my goal to make it easy on myself. My job is to make people look great, and having them stand up is one way I do that. Being photographed is right up there with public speaking on the stress meter. Most people feel more comfortable and confident if they’re sta
Like a good wardrobe, a great headshot will help you influence the important decision-makers in your career. In today’s online world, your company headshots are either going to help you advance your career, or they’re going to hurt you. Here are eight tips for corporate headshots that will help all your people get better company headshots by preparing to help us make them look good. Do dress for the position you want, not the position you have. Let your personality show but t
Lighting for headshots is all about illuminating the face. The photograph should never be about the light or the background or the clothes. My subject's expression and character is the star of the show. And their presence is the only thing that people should come away with after seeing a person's headshot. From a technical perspective, like my mentor Peter Hurley, I feel lighting in executive headshots needs to be focused on showing my subjects' features, which is why I love
A lot of people get anxious about being photographed. For many people, their experience being photographed is picture day at school. I began my career doing that kind of work. I remember photographing an entire seventh-grade class in one day. There were three photographers and hundreds of kids, most of whom were either confused, scared, or showing off for their friends. Things are different now. You’re not a kid. You’re an adult with a reputation for being a skilled professio