CORPORATE HEADSHOTS #2.
What to expect from our pop-up Headshot Days.
We get so many questions from our clients before portrait/headshot shoots so Rachel put those questions to Jon to give new clients some things to think about before a corporate headshot studio session.
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).
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.
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.
A few other tips:
- 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!
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.
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.
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!