Profile head shots and corporate portraits

The first question I ask people who come to me for their corporate portraits is "What style of picture do you want?”. If you don’t know the answer, let’s think it over together. There’s no single standard for corporate photographs—it’s no passport photo, with strict rules set out in advance. I want to understand where you work and your position there. What do your colleagues’—or competitors’—photos look like? After all, every industry has its own style. The second question, no less important than the first, is “Where do you plan on using these pictures?”.
If we’re talking about a photo for your LinkedIn or resume, the best bet is a close-up on a simple background, when the shot is dominated by your head, neck and the top of your shoulders. I call this a “Classic Headshot,” and it’s a very simple task that we can accomplish in half an hour. You don’t even have to think hard about your outfit: a classic blazer is perfect for this kind of photo. However, even a simple portrait can have a lot of variations. The photo can be in colour or black-and-white. The background can be light grey, dark grey, white or even absolute white, when the background is removed completely. These sorts of photos on an isolated background look excellent on sites with white pages, letting the borders of the photo practically disappear. It’s also an ideal option for a portrait that you can use in your professional email signature. What kind of Classic Headshot do you need?
Now let’s think about how we can upgrade your corporate photo from a simple classic headshot. How can you establish your connection to the corporate world, showcase your leadership position or take pride in working for yourself, all with a simple photograph? This is when we bring your shoulders and arms into the shot. As soon as we can see your arms, we see your body language and can see a person’s personality in their picture. I call these Simple Portraits. The background for a Simple Portrait stays light-coloured like in a Classic Headshot or is removed completely. In a Simple Portrait, what you’re wearing is very important: what accessories do you have? Are you wearing a watch? We’re still in the corporate portrait genre, but you can use your choice of clothing to tell us more about yourself. I can recommend what would look best on you in the shot if you send me some snapshots of what you’re planning to wear a few days before the shoot.



What should you do if you find yourself saying, "I don't want a boring corporate photo"? Now we're going to find out what exactly you want... For a unique photo, we're going to have to break some rules. I like to call these photos "Artistic Portraits". Don't want a white background? Let's make it black! If you think that having just your head and shoulders in the frame is too simple, let's lower the frame line a little lower to show both arms and legs, or maybe a table or a chair in the frame. You can look at your audience straight through the camera, or deliberately take your eyes away from the frame by turning your head in profile. You can laugh in the frame, wave your arms, dance, or stand relaxed with your hands in your pockets. These poses break out of established templates. An Artistic Portrait is necessary for those who make their own rules at work or are self-employed and are the brand ambassador for their own company.



What can I suggest if you say, "I don't like studio photos with a background"? Do you want a complex interior portrait, or do you just want to go outside and take your picture in the park? You can read about a Simple street photo shoot at this link, and if you need a more complex portrait story, then before you go to that link, just know: I'm opening a bottle of champagne somewhere to celebrate a new creative challenge! I'm looking forward to do more Creative portraits. I worked for business magazines including Forbes for many years and created lots of cool portrait stories. I love to come up with ways to convey a person's charisma and tell the story of their business with just one photo. In any case, for such a complex task, we need a preliminary call or Zoom meeting to discuss the goals and objectives for the shoot, as well as the times when we can make it happen. Follow this link and see what I can suggest if you're not a fan of boring corporate photos!



How do we shoot these? To take any of the aforementioned portraits, I'll come to your office or home with my portable studio kit. The session will take an hour of free time—with your phone off! You can't do it between two important meetings on your lunch break. You need a calm, relaxed vacuum without visitors or reports. If we are talking about shooting several employees, you need to account for both the number of people you need to shoot and what kind of framing you want to get in the photo. A single portrait with just the head and shoulders visible can take 5-10 minutes, but a portrait from the waist up can take more than twenty minutes per person.

Classic headshot / Simple portrait: $150
Studio light
A half an hour of shooting time
One change of clothes
One final portrait in retouch with all good pictures in low resolution
Processing time is three days
Extra retouched portrait - $25 per picture
All unretouched photos from the shoot in high resolution - $100 extra

Artistic portrait: $250
Studio light
One hour of shooting time
One or two changes of clothes
Five final portraits in retouch with all good pictures in low resolution
Processing time is five days
Extra retouched portrait - $25 per picture
All unretouched photos from the shoot in high resolution - $100 extra

Team portraits: $150 for first portrait / $50 per person for others
Studio light
One hour of shooting time for 7-10 people
One final portrait for every person and one group shot in retouch
Processing time is five days
Extra retouched portrait - $25 per picture
All unretouched photos from the shoot in high resolution - $100 extra

Creative portrait: $550
Daylight or studio light
Two or three hours of shooting time
Three or more changes of clothes
Two or three different locations
Ten final portraits in retouch with all good pictures in low resolution
Processing time is one and a half week
Extra retouched portrait - $25 per picture
All unretouched photos from the shoot in high resolution - $100 extra

For questions and enquiries please call 0411742462.