General Tips For Corporate And Business Head Shot Photos

Corporate And Business Photos General Tips

  • Please let us know your expectations and intentions for the photos. Let us know the type of look you want
  • Tell us where the photo will be used and how so we can make sure it is appropriate
  • Please be well rested and drink plenty of water to avoid bags under the eyes
  • Your face skin might not be at its best after drug or alcohol use the night before. Try not to drink or smoke before your shoot
  • Please be on time and try not to arrive more than 15 minutes early since we may or may not have other business clients scheduled before you
  • Please make sure call us if you are expecting to be late or arrive early

What To Wear On Your Shoot:

  • Please wear clothes that are comfortable to you and that make you look at your best
  • Ensure your jacket and the shirt are fitting you well. A bad fitting jacket or dress shirt will show in the photos
  • Turtlenecks are always a bad idea, unless you are Steve Jobs, of course…
  • Your clothes should be pressed and looking new or like new for the photos
  • Please avoid very busy suit patterns and large lines or stripes
  • Blue/green/turquoise shirts/blouses or accents can help emphasize blue/green/hazel eyes

Male – What To Wear On The Shoot

  • The most standard business photo look is a suit jacket, shirt and a tie
  • The casual/relaxed business look is often associated with a jacket and a open shirt, dress shirt and tie with no jacket, or only dress shirt
  • Polo shirts could be a good look for some kinds of businesses. Make sure the polo shirt is in good condition and fits well
  • For a business casual look please bring colored shirts that are ideally darker than your own skin tone
  • Usually a white dress shirt on it own is a bad idea unless you’re planning to wear it under a jacket or sweater
  • You can bring few different suit jackets, few different shirt colors and ties so we can have different choices for the photo

Female – What To Wear On The Shoot

  • Please avoid big prints on clothes or busy patterns
  • Different necklines will change the apparent shape of your face. Bring a variety different shirts/blouses to see what works best
  • For a business casual look you can bring different colored blouses that are ideally darker than your skin tone
  • You can be stylish and fashionable, but please remember that the picture is about your face and not about your clothes or jewelry
  • Usually sleeveless tops or dresses can draw lots of attention to your shoulders and arms. Consider bringing items with a variety of different sleeves

Please remember to choose and wear clothes that make you feel comfortable. It’s best to select something that makes you look and feel good.

Jewelry For The Shoot

  • Keep your jewelry very simple – the smaller the better
  • Please avoid jewelry that will distract the camera from your face or one that looks dated
  • The business picture is about your face, not your jewelry that you own
  • Consider if facial piercings or multiple ear piercings are appropriate for where your photo will be displayed

What to Bring To The Shoot

  • Your previous headshots if you have some so we can improve
  • Few sample headshots that you like to help communicate the look that you want
  • Favorite Music  be it on iPod/MP3 player, phone, thumb-drive
  • Various sets of clothing (see above)
  • A good and positive attitude
  • Lip balm for your lips
  • Hair brush or a comb
  • Makeup and hair products that you prefer, especially if you have some sort of allergies

Makeup and Hair Tips

  • Photo makeup should be clean, minimal and look natural
  • If you wear a layer of translucent powder your face should appear flawless in the photographs. Shine disappears instantly and pores seem smaller and the skin looks even
  • Line lips before applying matte lipstick, then reline. Don’t overdo it. Dip a cotton bud in powder and run along lip line to prevent color from bleeding
  • Avoid shimmers or products with lots of sparkle or shine
  • Don’t get a new hair cut just before the shoot (you may want to let it grow-in a bit or get used to styling a new cut)
  • Do not try/use any new product on your hair, face or body the day before or few days before your shoot. In case you have a bad reaction to the product

Please Arrive With

  • Hair styled and makeup already applied (if not using makeup artist)

The Basics Of Head Shot Photography

Actually the thought and planning that the world renowned headshot professional  photographer Peter Hurley invests into creating  unique and amazing headshots isn’t basic at all. As a former professional model turned into a recognised working photographer, Peter Hurley knows exactly what it is like to be the face in front of a camera and on the other end – behind it. He has used his experience as a professional model to perfect his craft and was kind enough to share with us his insights into creating his signature images with us via a online seminar hosted at B&H Photo Video and this seminar was certainly a standout. Even after two hours watching the seminar is interesting, thoughtful and very informative:

Professional Photographer Peter Hurley is certainly capable of keeping things laid back and moving along. If you’re into improving your headshot photography skills, please make sure to watch the seminar video in full. There are countless and very rich bits of info spread throughout the video that can certainly help you progress as a professional photographer.

Here are some of the basic things to remember when photographing people’s headshots:

  • Don’t over complicate things – The only thing that matters in the photograph should be the subjects head. Photograph just only one person at a time. If you are not shooting against a solid color background, throw the background of focus so the eye is naturally drawn to the head.
  • Crop is King – Crop very selectively, it is better to crop out the top of the head than crop at the neck and shoulders, much like the photo below.
  • Rule of thirds – Always keep the eyes above the center line.
  • Remember to give direction! – It’s your responsibility as a photographer to make sure your photographs look the best the possibly can. This often means directing your subjects so that they are in a flattering pose.
  • Lighting – Peter Hurley uses Kino Flo continuos lighting on the photo subject and 2 Alien Bee’s strobes to light the background. He then throws in a kicker light  highlights. Hurley recommends using a square setup for women and banking lights 2-4ft on either side when photographing men.
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Here is a suggestion to the ideal lighting setup for a stunning professional headshot photography.

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One last essential piece of information that Peter Hurley said during the seminar can be said of any style of photographer. To quote him:

“A professional is at his best regardless.”