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 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.
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
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