Corporate portraits London – some fun, stylish people from L’Oreal

Not all headshots have be boring you know! It’s not all about getting a ‘shoulders straight, face to camera’-type shot.  Depending on where the portraits are going to be used, we can have great fun in front of the camera.

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Here’s a selection of super-stylish people who had their corporate portraits taken in London.  They are part of the L’Oreal ID Artist Program, a talent development programme for hairstylists.  Hair giant L’Oreal nurtures and develops hairdressing talent through a mix of industry lead education sessions combined with fantastic opportunities within the hairdressing world.

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We were asked to go along to the L’Oreal Head Office in London’s Hammersmith to spend some time photographing the next generation of talent.  A pop-up studio was set up to get a fresh, modern, clean look.  The artists were amazing in front of the camera and we all had a great time.

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So, it might be that you need a corporate portrait for Linkedin and we can do it.  But it might be that you need something more fun.  A look that’s more animated, natural and fun to reflect your personality, your business, your specialism.  And we can do that too.

Searching for Corporate Portraits London?  We’re glad you’ve managed to find us as we love to shoot portraits and headshots throughout London, the South East and where we’re based near Reading in Berkshire.

Do get in touch if you’re looking to update your corporate headshot or business portrait.  You can either to come along to one of our pop-up Headshot Days (we host them monthly – more about them here) or we can come to you.  Whatever you need, wherever you need it, we’ll be sure to have fun!

Have a great day and don’t forget to smile!

J.

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Commercial photography London – Headshots & Portraits for Business

Commercial Photography London – here at Jon Bradley Photography we specialise in commercial photography for businesses in and around London.

Headshots and Portraits are a big part of our business.  On a corporate shoot, we can offer a whole range of services.  We can pop-up a studio in your office space or you can come to us.  Alternatively we can work with your location to add some personality and branding to the shoots.  We can offer art direction too so feel free to give us free reign (with your approval first, obviously!).

That said, many of our clients have particular needs and requirements as we cover a range of sectors, from the legal and financial to the creative.  So we’re more than happy to work to client briefs to ensure you’re getting just what you need from your photography.

We have clients who have existing photography but new team members so we can work to match a particular style already in place so that your branding and image are consistent.  We can retouch members of the team into group shots (we’ve done that on many occasions) and work all kinds of magic in Photoshop for you.

So if you’re looking for portraits and headshots for your business, please do get in touch.  We’d love work with you.

Here’s just a few of the images we shot recently for client data management company STR Global, London.

The brief: Studio photography (we popped-up a studio in their office space) with a clean white background.  Here’s what we came up with.

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London Event Photographer – Graduate Fashion Week

You’ll know by now that as well as working on all aspects of corporate & business photographer I’m also a London event photographer.  I use this blog to show some of the London events I’ve attended as a photographer and the latest update comes in the form of Graduate Fashion Week.

The show, held at the Houses of Parliament, was part of this season’s Graduate Fashion Week.  Working with sponsor (and regular client of mine) L’Oreal Professionnel, it was a wonderful event.

George are the headline sponsor of the month long event, with additional sponsorship from Barclays, Karen Millen, L’Oreal Professionnel, Stuart Peters, Mulberry & Propress.

For this show, hair was styled by Cristiano Basciu @ Richard Ward, make-up by Sam & Kelly Mendiola & Lanslondon.

Industry insiders attending included The Telegraph’s Hilary Alexander, designers Jeff Banks and Biba’s Barbara Hulanicki and Fiona Lambert, Brand Director at George.

Here are some shots.

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Event Photography London – Jamie Oliver Royal Caribbean Launch

Earlier this week I was invited to do some event photography in London with Royal Caribbean and Jamie Oliver.  The launch, held at Oliver’s  newest restaurant in London’s Piccadilly, was to celebrate an exciting venture between the chef and Royal Caribbean.

Two of Oliver’s restaurants will open on two of the company’s newest ships – the first onboard Quantum of the Seas in October, followed by a second on sister ship Anthem of the Seas in 2015.

Oliver and his team is taking a hands-on approach to the whole project, overseeing the space, the staff training and the menus. Dishes will include seafood bucatini, crab spaghettini, and porchetta.

Jamie Oliver was at the event and what a super guy he is.  The lighting set up was designed for video cameramen who filmed the launch.  Not always suitable for stills photography, he was hands on and helped me move some of the lighting to ensure I could get the shots needed for my client.

Brian Abel, Royal Caribbean’s Vice President Food & Beverage, who was also present at the event, as well a members of the press.

Here’s a selection of my event photography from the London launch.

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Jon Bradley Photography – event photography London.

 

 

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Corporate Headshots Series #2 – What to expect from our pop-up Headshot Days.

CORPORATE HEADSHOTS #2.

 What to expect from our pop-up Headshot Days.

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So, Jon, where and what is the Pop-Up Studio?

We pop up a white background, some lighting and reflectors in the dining room of our house.  It may sound weird but it works a treat!  Clients arrive, have a coffee, a chat, we talk about what they’re trying to achieve and discuss what they are wearing and other outfit options.  Once clients are happy we head from the kitchen into the dining room and get started.  Sessions last one hour and we can achieve so much in that time.

Here’s where we’re based.  The address again is 244 Reading Road, Wokingham, Berkshire, RG41 5AA.  Any problems getting to us, call us on 07956 505 336 or 07973 158839.  (As a tip, the Winnersh sign is outside our house and Old Forest Road is virtually opposite).

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What about the background, what colour is it?

It’s a clean white background – it isn’t distracting and it’s a good all rounder – flattering for all ages and skin tones.   When you consider that your headshot will be seen as a thumbnail on most mediums (Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin) you need to keep the image simple and clean.  White works well and also means that you can ‘cut out’ your image for use on your website.

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What about props?

We’re happy to work with props so if you have a prop that helps get across your business, your personality, your values, feel free to bring it along.  For some this is a tablet, or a branded sign, a pair of running shoes, a trophy, you name it! Bring along any ideas you may have and we can give them a go!

What should I wear?

Your picture will need to reflect you and your business.  If you’re a graphic designer, you may not opt for a business suit; a lawyer may not want to wear leisurewear.  You know your business, your brand and you also know your audience.  So we’re sure you’ll know how to dress accordingly. Equally, you’ll want your corporate headshot to last longer than the season so classic, timeless clothing is always a good option rather than wearing something that will look dated the following year.

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  • Long sleeves are good – much more flattering.
  • Wear a jacket or cardigan – something that can be removed/put on to give another look.  You could go for a more formal shot with your jacket on and then have a more relaxed, smiley image wearing a shirt/blouse.
  • Don’t opt for crazy, bold patterns – they date and distract from your face.
  • Subtle patterns and prints are fine though.
  • Block colours are fantastic – less distracting but AVOID WHITE (not great with a white background).  If you only feel comfortable in black wear it but opt for another colour if you can.
  • For ladies, think about scarves and/or necklaces.  These can often work well and give a pop of colour/pattern.  There’s also the option to do a shot with and one without.
  • Wear a colour and style that you feel comfortable in – you need to look relaxed in front of the camera.
  • A note to the men out there, Wear an ironed shirt or other top/t-shirt (don’t wear white) and bring a suit jacket, tie and/or jumper so that we can work with different options.

What about make-up?

If you normally wear make-up, wear what you would wear if you were going to an interview, a meeting or to see a client.  You want to look your best but it needs to be well done, not over done!  We’re thinking fresh, clean make-up with maybe a little extra blusher to add a little warmth.  Avoid lip-gloss or anything with any sparkle.  Matt colours are best as they don’t reflect the light and distract.  If you don’t normally wear make-up, that’s fine, you don’t need to wear make-up to look great.  But perhaps use some moisturiser in the morning and a touch of clear lip balm.  And don’t forget your make-up bag on the day – you can always touch up your lipstick when you arrive!

And Hair?

Your hair needs to be clean and presentable, again as it would be for a client meeting, business pitch or interview.  Just take a few extra minutes to get it looking the best you can.

For the men out there, hair looks good if it’s clean and tidy.  Have a shave the morning of the shoot (if that’s what you’d normally do) or trim your facial hair.  

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What about re-touching?

We love photographing people and our photos are honest and natural but flattering, all at the same time!  We will do basic retouching of your portrait just to tidy things up, we will colour balance everything and make your image look tip-top and this is included in the fee.  If once you receive the images, you want a little extra work on them, we’re happy to discuss this with you.  We won’t, however, go crazy in Photoshop!  To us, it’s really disconcerting to connect with people and then meet them in the flesh at a business meeting/networking event and find that they look nothing like their photograph!   So, if you want to look like you’ve had botox, lipo and lifts, maybe best to look elsewhere!

What do I get after the session?

You’ll receive a collection of high-definition digital images for your use.  You will get a number of different shots and they will be provided in B&W and colour.  These will be emailed over to you a few days after the shoot, along with the invoice for £100.Jon Bradley, Photography, photographer, photography, photos, corporate, not so corporate, headshots, commercial, business, South East, South, London, Berkshire, Reading, Wokingham, social media, portrait, headshot, images, website, headshot, day, pop-up, studio, portableJon Bradley, Photography, photographer, photography, photos, corporate, not so corporate, headshots, commercial, business, South East, South, London, Berkshire, Reading, Wokingham, social media, portrait, headshot, images, website, headshot, day, pop-up, studio, portableJon Bradley, Photography, photographer, photography, photos, corporate, not so corporate, headshots, commercial, business, South East, South, London, Berkshire, Reading, Wokingham, social media, portrait, headshot, images, website, headshot, day, pop-up, studio, portable

 

Any restrictions?

No.  You can use your images for web, print, whatever with no limit on time.  If there’s any chance you can credit Jon Bradley Photography, we’d be really grateful!

Here’s some extra tips and some things to think about before you pop-in for your portrait:

  • Think about the image you want to project.  Are you going for the casual, relaxed & caring or authoritative, confident, powerful? Before you come along have a think about what words you’d expect people to say when they see your new portrait.
  • If you’re not sure about what to wear and need a second opinion, bring some options along and we’ll give them a go.  If it doesn’t work in front of the camera, we’ll have the option to try something else.  Or speak to us in advance.  Send up a photo of what you’re thinking of wearing and any concerns, we’ll get back to you right away.
  • Accessorise.  Think about your choice of tie, is it too much or not enough.  Have you got some great jewelry to bring along?  Or some funky scarves to add a splash of colour to your finished look?   
  • Don’t be put off simply because you don’t like having your photograph taken.  Trust us, most people who walk through the door are dreading it, but they leave loving it.  Truly.  That’s one of the reasons we host the Headshot Day at our house.  It’s relaxed, you can have a coffee, we have time to chat more about your plans for the session.  All before you’ve even seen a background roll and a reflector.  We’ll guide you into it slowly and by the end you’ll be hitting the winning shot every time. 
  • Be honest with us.  Unlike the olden days of film, polaroid & transparencies, you can now see what we’re shooting as we’re shooting it.  We won’t hide it from you, after all they’re your photographs not ours.  So as we show you the images, be honest and comment on them.  If there’s something you don’t like, say.  It’s essential that we get it right.
  • In terms of posing, really don’t worry.  We know some photographers give tips on this in advance of the shoot and we can imagine you all practicing your poses in front of the bedroom mirror.  It’s not necessary.  We can direct you on the day, show you what we mean, show you how you look on camera.  So please don’t worry.  That’s the bit we can help you with and we know what we’re doing.  That said, if you’ve got any tearsheets, screen grabs, examples of headshots you love, we’d love to see them, either in advance or on the day.
  • Lastly smile and enjoy yourself.  We promise you’ll enjoy it!

 

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Corporate Headshots Series #1 – We’re not just photographing your smile, we’re capturing your brand.

We’re not just photographing your smile, we’re capturing your brand.

What’s the first thing you do when a company or service has been recommended to you?  Search online, right?  We all do it and it’s one of the wonders of online life.  We can find products, services and people instantly.

Been given a great new contact?  You check them out on LinkedIn.  Been told about a fabulous new company?  At the click of a button you’re reading their profiles on the website ‘About Us’ page.

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A Linkedin profile page & Linkedin portrait

 

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A brilliant About Us page showing the personality of the people behind the brand

 

Don’t get us wrong, this isn’t some sinister ‘lurking’ activity.  This is called ‘doing your research’.  This is ‘connecting’.  It’s online networking and it’s what we all should be doing.

So from a personal brand point of view it’s crucial that you’re presenting yourself in a professional, friendly, approachable manner.   Whether you like it or not, you’re the face of your business and your brand.  People will search and people will find.  They’ll judge you in an instant.  So be ready to wow them!

Search & ye shall find…

Corporate Headshots

Let’s be clear, we all need corporate headshots to promote ourselves but there are headshots and there are ‘headshots’.  At Jon Bradley Photography we call it the 6 stages of the corporate headshot.  Here’s the lowdown:

Stage 1: The Avatar.

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Don’t be an egghead!

An avatar is the silhouette of a head or even an egg social media platforms use in place of corporate headshots.  If you use one of these anonymous icons it looks like you’ve either got something to hide or you’ve clearly not got it together enough to sort out a photo.  Using an avatar is like turning up at a business or networking meeting without any business cards.  Put simply –  you’re missing out on people connecting with you.

 

Stage 2:  The Snap

You need a photo and you need one now but don’t be tempted to stick up an old snapshot.  You won’t get round to changing it and you’re left showing the online world a photo of you on holiday; in a bar; with the kids; with your mates.  Hardly the ‘knock the professional world dead’ look you’re going for.  Oh, and don’t think you can fool people by using a professional shot you had done 10 years ago.  Everyone get’s older!

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The snapshot – never acceptable as your online portrait

 

Stage 3:  The #selfie

Oh, the #selfie.  We love a good selfie at JBP and if you add a filter it’s even better, right? Well, yes and no.  It’s great for your Instagram account and your personal social media pages but nothing screams amateur more than an extended arm in the shot and your eyes focused on the button not the lens.  You’re fooling no one.

Stage 4:  The Logo

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Don’t hide behind your logo.

Okay, the snapshot didn’t work but you’ve not had chance to even think about getting a professional photo taken.  So let’s just replace it with your brand logo.  It’s a great, professional design so that should do.   No.  It won’t.  A logo is a logo and a headshot is a headshot.  They’re two completely different things.  Hiding behind your logo implies that you’ve got something to hide.  People can’t connect and warm to a logo, they can do a face.  So step out from behind the logo and step in front of the camera.

 

Stage 5: The ‘It’s not really me’ Headshot

This is a tricky one.  You’ve done what you’ve been told to do.  You’ve found a photographer, they can do you a quick headshot for virtually nothing.  It’ll only take 10 minutes.  They turn up with their camera and shoot a perfectly focused image of you.  Done!  Or is it?  Did they ask you about how you intend to use the images, where you want to use them, what you want to portray?  Did they ask what feel are you going for?  Or how you going to use the space around the image?  Did your photographer spend some time getting to know you and your personal brand?  Perhaps not in just 10 minutes.  And so you’re left with an image that is perfectly fine, good quality but it’s not really showing off the real you, the you people get to see when they meet you.

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And please don’t think that we’re beating up on you here.  Far from it.  In fact, we’ve been through all of the above stages (as you can see from some of the delightful images we’ve shown!).   As we both needed to get in front of the camera we opted to get another professional photographer in to shoot both of us so that the feel was consistent between the two images.  It also meant we could have a ‘team Bradley’ shot.  The images were fine but not really us.  We wanted people to recognise us from your images, the real ‘us’.

So then, we finally arrive at:

Stage 6:  The Winner

We want everyone to have a winning shot and we want to work with you to get there.  We’ll probe you, find out about you, work out what’s the best set up for you and your brand.  Do you need to be in tie looking to camera?  Or are you best in your own location being a little more relaxed?  We’ll find out just what you need and we’ll capture that on camera for you.

After a long journey we finally got to practice what we preach.  So, in the spirit of fairness, here’s our winning shots!

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Jon & Rachel Bradley from Jon Bradley Photography Limited

It’s our aim here at Jon Bradley Photography to make sure everyone’s corporate portrait is a winning portrait.  So, if you need any advice on your headshot, if you’d like us to take a look at your current image or discuss a new one, please do let us know.  We’d love to help you.

Keep Smiling!

Jon & Rachel.

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Corporate Portraits – Her

Last week our blog post featured exclusively men.  Specifically headshots of our fabulous male clients.  This week it’s the turn of the ladies.  Always great fun.  The different hairstyles, colour, clothes and accessories.  Our female clients tend to pack a punch when it comes to their corporate headshots and we love them for it!

So here’s a round up of some of the amazing women we photographed last year.  We had solicitors, accountants, estate agents, designers, PR’s, champagne experts, you name it.

These glamorous ladies are just some of our favourite faces from the year.  Sorry to all those we had to edit out, this post would’ve been f-a-r to long but we promise to include you in our next Female Edit!Headshots, Corporate, Commercial, Business, Photography, Studio, LinkedIn portrait, Linkedin Photography, Portraits, London, Berkshire, not so corporate, relaxed, modern, stylish, affordable, Jon Bradley Photography

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Event Photography London – Moet dinner at Texture

Event Photography London.

We’re no experts on champagne.  Yes, we love it.  It’s great chilled with canapes and it’s always a great start to any evening.  We can also tell the good from the not so good.  But these guys know all there is to know about the fizzy stuff and they certainly know how to partner it with food to get the best from both.  So it was lovely to team up with Moet et Chandon and the team at Texture in London for an evening tasting event.

And if you’re a foodie, you must try out Texture.  Created by Agnar Sverrisson and Xavier Rousset, Texture is a Michelin starred Modern European restaurant and Champagne bar with Scandinavian influences.   Stunning!

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Event Photography – Huntswood New Year Party 2014

Just recently we’ve been blogging a lot about our stock photography for businesses – headshots, website images, that sort of thing.  But we also specialise in Event Photography.  Not just launches, press events and the day time stuff.  We shoot a lot of corporate parties, annual company awards, conferences, you name it.

Huntswood has been a client for many years.  Based near us in Berkshire, the company host a couple of parties each year and it’s always great to go along, camera in hand as these guys really do pull out all the stops.  Great parties organised by the amazing Sally and her team.

This year’s New Year event was hosted at Park Lane Hilton.  A fantastic venue and a great night.  Diversity put in an appearance and there was the most amazing ventriloquist performing, Nina Conti.  If you’re not familiar with her, you MUST check her out!  A super super night.  Thank you Huntswood!

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PR Photography – Creme de la Mer Launch

Yet another amazing product from the team at Creme de la Mer.  Press launches and PR photography is something we do a lot of here at JBP.  This beauty launch for the beauty press was held at The Edition in London.  If you’ve not been you must go.  The foyer, games area, bar, reception is like stepping into one of the cooler hotels across the pond.  All very NYC but so friendly too!

Creme de la Mer launched The Lifting Contour Serum and as always it was a beautiful event and brilliantly organised.

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