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Corporate Headshots Do’s and Dont’s

Headshot photo dos and don'ts

Corporate Headshots Do’s and Dont’s

Good Corporate photography doesn’t take much gear, but it does take planning, patience, and practice.  The first impression sets the tone, and you want to make sure it’s a good one. It is proven that consumers react positively to engaging imagery so why jeopardize yourself with an unpleasant photo.

These Do’s and Don’ts of Business Headshots will help you speak to your market. These are things we watch for if you book with us, but you can also use these tips with the photographer of your choice

Do focus on the eyes

The eyes of your subject no matter what should be the main focus to lock in your viewers interest. If you hadn’t heard before, the eyes are the windows into the soul. Use fill cards, flash with a diffuser, and choose poses and backdrops that bring out a person’s natural eye twinkle.

Dress for the job you want

Choose clothing pieces that are clean, professional and represent your career. Use small touches that will showcase your personality. Don’t have a big clothes budget? Stores like The Bay have a generous return policy… You can make like a wardrobe stylist and buy and return.

Don’t wear excessive patterns and accessories

Avoid picking out styles with bold patterns. Try to stick to solid colors. You want to make sure that the stuff you’re being photographed in now will still be in your rotation a few months from now.

Work in a comfortable space and be yourself

Now isn’t the time to put on a show. We want to see you in those pictures and to do that you need to be made comfortable. Be sure that you are in a place where you can bring out your personality naturally and comfortably. Smile to your comfort level. Dress the way you like to dress.

Don’t be in a busy environment

When looking for a location definitely choose a place where you will not be competing for  attention. Locations of where you work or items in the background that signify who you are.

Do trust your photographer

Hire a photographer you can trust for the job. Once you have… Trust them. The shoot will go easier and smoother for you if you listen to the professional and follow along, rather than trying to micromanage every step of the shoot. That said, communicate with your photographer prior to the shoot so that you are on the same page in terms of the look you want to achieve.

Don’t keep outdated images

Yes, that shot of you from five years ago does need refreshing. You want the images to reflect who you are right now. Larger companies tend to ask photographers to visit them several times per year, and developing a good relationship with a trusted experience professional photographer will add stability and consistency to your images.  

We hope you found the above tips helpful. With LinkedIn and other social media platform, having up to date photos is a huge asset in your professional development. If you have any questions about corporate portraits feel free to comment below or CONTACT US.