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If you are looking for a professional corporate headshots in London, corporate photographer for portraits or events, or an editorial PR photographer and want a great publicity shot – look no further. We are one of the most popular City of London commercial photography studios – just see who our corporate photographers are already working with – client list.
We shoot everything a corporate client would ever need – be it a ‘serious business in action’ portrait or an approachable style – ‘friendly business working for you’. These can be outdoor shoots or more formal, less lifestyle looking, studio or office-based corporate headshots, portraits or group shots.
We use some of the best lighting and camera equipment available in the industry to help you achieve the exact look you want. We can supply any background for matching your existing style which may have been created at an office overseas or by another photographer. If the look cannot be achieved in your UK office, we can use a green-screen to apply a similar style of background from an overseas office.
We work with finance / banking, architecture / construction / property, law firms, as well as insurance, PR, Marketing, Tech, film / TV, design and advertising agencies across the UK and World-wide, shooting striking corporate images for marketing, design, advertising, PR and editorial use.
Our corporate photographers are available throughout the UK and as far flung as you would like. Whether a simple corporate headshot or advertising campaign shoot for your marketing and PR, just let us know what your requirements are and we’ll be happy to discuss how we can deliver the right look for your images.
Headshot London’s corporate Photographers can be commissioned for assignments throughout London and the UK for: Corporate Headshots, Annual Reports, PR, Marketing Materials and Brochures, Events, Company Publications, Websites, Catalogues, Resumes, LinkedIn profiles and Press Releases.
Our corporate photography pricing structures change depending on the type of job, how complicated the shoot, props, locations and deadlines. For a specific quote, please drop us a line or give us a call for prices tailored to your needs.
If you’re looking for advice on anything related to booking a photography session with us, just drop us a line or give us a call. Our photography studio is in Old Street, close to Moorgate or Liverpool Street stations, which means we could be at your city office sooner than you think.
If you would like to discuss our creative consultancy for your brands photographic image, please get in touch.
What is a Corporate Headshot?
You’ve seen a million of them before, on websites and accompanying magazine articles, but what exact qualities does an image need to qualify as a corporate head shot?
What Is A Corporate Headshot?
Corporate headshots are portraits often produced digitally and used for engaging in social media, the about us page and industry specialty sites. Generally speaking, it’s a photograph of an individual with the simple purpose of showing what they look like. This then is the classic head and shoulders shot used by businessmen, authors, actors and models on an everyday basis for personal branding. Subjects are often shown head-to-chest or head-to-torso.
Corporate Headshots often used for:
– Annual reports
– LinkedIn personal profiles as well as publisher profiles
– Corporate catalogs, brochures and advertising collateral
– Company publications and websites, internal and external
– Press releases and other announcements
– Marketing materials
– Articles and newspapers
– Author pages
– Annual Company Reports
All of the photographs taken by the photographer are legally belong to the photographer through the copyright laws. The client when hires a professional corporate photographer usually pays for the photographer’s time and not for the image rights. The copyright of the images can be purchased at an additional cost. For more information about image rights and costs please refer to the professional photography association – AOP.
But What Makes a Good Corporate Head shot?
We’ve all seen really bad passport photos—the type which have been taken in one of those automatic photo booths you see at railway stations and post offices. They make everyone look like a criminal or a halfwit. If you need to use a head shot to market your personal brand, something like that simply won’t do. The difference between one of those and a professionally-executed studio head shot is a gulf as wide as the Grand Canyon!
A skilled photographer can make the world of difference to your head shot. They’ll be able to select an appropriate background, set the lighting at the most flattering level, angle your body and stage manage the whole process to achieve the best results. And even in something as straightforward and rigid as a corporate head shot, a good photographer should be able to capture at least an element of his sitter’s personality.
Most corporate head shots are taken indoors in either a photographer’s studio or in the subject’s office. Outdoor head shots are beginning to appear, to add interest or to show an individual ‘in the field’, but this is not so usual. Although there is little leeway in a head shot for artistic creativity, technical excellence is still a requirement to achieve a worthy result.
1. The head shot should be a medium close-up (MCU). This means the top of the shoulders should be in the frame, as well as the entire head.
2. Use the rule of thirds to position the subject’s eyes, one third of the way down the frame.
3. Decide whether to ask your subject to look directly at you, in which case you should angle their body to one side or the other, or whether to direct them to look off-centre. In reality, you might want to take a few in each style to see which works best.
4. Diffusing the light will eradicate blemishes and wrinkles, leaving you with less touching up to do afterwards!
5. Use a secondary source of light angled at the top of your subject’s head—this will give them a proper head shape and stop their crown fading into the background.
6. Experiment with the angle of your camera. Angling your camera down as you shoot from above will flatter the contours of a woman’s face. Conversely, men look stronger if you take the picture with your camera angled up from below.
7. Focus on the individual’s eyes and try to capture them as clearly as possible.
8. A head shot is not the place for a wide angle lens as it may distort your result. Instead, choose a lens that will compress and slim your subject’s face.
9. Do all you can to ensure your sitter is relaxed. You need a natural facial expression. No one wants to look nervous in their head shot or appear to be gurning with a cheesy grin!
10. For a natural light effect, stand your subject opposite a south-facing window, while you shoot them with your back to the window, though you might need to apply diffusers if the sun’s too bright.
11. Make sure that you can capture a sharp jawline as this reveals the shape of the subjects face. If necessary, ask them to push their jaw slightly forward for more definition.
Like all forms of photography, practice makes perfect. The more head shots you do, the more you’ll get used to setting up the perfect lighting and directing your subjects with confidence. And it’s worth doing – everyone needs a great head shot for their online profile and for a photographer starting out, corporate headshots are a good source of bread-and-butter business.
(c) Headshot London Photography Studio – Professional corporate photographers in London, Shoreditch & Farringdon frequently write about various photography the subjects & techniques across prominent publications. Headshot London’s photographers are frequently shooting professional corporate headshots & portraits. For more information visit our corporate portfolio.
Difference Between Portraits and Headshots
What’s a headshot? A picture of someone, usually just head and shoulders. What’s a portrait? A picture of someone, often just head and shoulders. So is there a difference? The answer to that is, “Yes, there certainly is!” Read on to learn exactly what it is…
The Difference Between Headshots and Portraits
A headshot is generally taken to mean a formal representation of a person for use in a professional setting. Businessmen have them taken to use on profiles or to accompany articles about them. Actors always need up-to-date headshots for their portfolio, as do models. And in fact, in this day and age of online living, practically everyone needs one for their LinkedIn or Facebook page.
A portrait on the other hand should be less formal and more enlightening – it should in some way tell a story or illuminate who the sitter is. It can be head and shoulders, or it could be from the waist up or even show the complete figure. And whereas headshots need to be pretty straightforward, a portrait allows for artistic license – for example, dramatic use of light and shade could put the sitter’s features into shadow to create an air of mystery or props could be used to tell a story about the person.
Tips For Taking Headshots and Portraits
1. When it comes to lighting, headshots benefit from softer lighting that doesn’t create harsh shadows on the face or make prominent features stand out. With portraits you can afford to be slightly more dramatic and allow more contrast.
2. Prepare your subject for a headshot to look as relaxed as possible. They should wear their usual work attire and avoid fresh haircuts, heavy make-up and forced smiles.
3. Headshots shouldn’t include props and work best with a neutral background. Portraits, on the other hand, can make full use of settings and props to tell the sitter’s story.
4. Portraits can be shot in extreme close – up or from a distance, and can be made more interesting by being shot at an unusual angle. Headshots, however, don’t benefit from these treatments.
5. Most headshots will be in colour and use standard lighting – it is, after all, about creating a true life representation of your subject. Portraits, though, often benefit from being in black and white. For some reason monochrome images often appear to carry more emotional depth than colour ones and a good portrait photographer will use this factor to his advantage. Generally, the expectation is that a head shot will be shot in portrait format rather than landscape, though once again a portrait doesn’t have to follow such hard and fast rules.
6. For actors, versatility is key so a head shot should not suggest a certain type – this means keeping clothing neutral and, for women, not overdoing it with hair and make-up. Casting directors need to see the individual’s face clearly—they know they can easily change a person’s look in the wardrobe and make-up department.