Think you don’t have the right location for outdoor headshots?

We are often asked to photograph business people at their office building or in their office environment — but in today’s workplace, that usually means a business park or office complex without a lot of greenspace.  Or a building with 90% parking lot and 10% grass. Sound familiar?

What you may not realize is how creatively we can use just a small green area or a grove of just a few trees to give you a woodsy or natural look.  The examples shown below were shot in the  parking lot of an office building on the Dallas North Tollway.  It was a rainy day in what most photographer’s would consider marginal shooting conditions.

This design firm wanted a rustic, almost woodsy look for their business headshots — and to add to the challenge, they didn’t want them all to match.  So we brought supplemental light with us and moved around on a 20 foot strip of grass in their parking lot and created these.

So don’t feel you’re wishing for the impossible if you want outdoor business portraits in Dallas — we can make it work for you. Or we can meet you at a nearby location that will give you the look you need.

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Business Portraits for Trade Publications

We are often hired to do assignments with trade associations and publications or content creators who need a key person photographed for publication. We sometimes work from a written spec sheet or style book, or we can sit down with the subject or art director and strategize about creating the look from scratch. A style that works with current branding.  Either way, we provide everything needed. Sometimes we bring hair and makeup professionals with us to give people a truly polished look (also  a great tool for giving key people a more youthful appearance) – and always advise on wardrobe and location.

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Shawn Sabanagayam of Tributary Systems was photographed for CIO Review Magazine

And that’s just what happens BEFORE we photograph. What happens afterwards is often close to magic.  The all-important photoshop editing is the icing on the cake. It can be so subtle that no one even knows what we’ve done –just that all of a sudden everyone on the team looks crisper, professional, more rested and younger.

3 Questions to Ask a Photographer BEFORE you hire them for business portraits:

  1. Does your price include the Photoshop work (i.e. digital touch-ups)?  You’d be surprised how many will say you don’t need it (because they don’t provide it).
  2. Does the price include an online gallery so that we can choose our images?  You will want at least 3-5 proofs per person if for no other reason than to keep people from complaining later that they “didn’t get to choose.”
  3. Does the price include all the backdrops and lighting equipment? Many photographers do not have studio lights and professional equipment and will try to rent or borrow what they need, and those costs are often passed on to the client.
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AT&T’s David Huntley was photographed for Health Care Compliance Association & Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics Magazine

If you have a speaking engagement on the horizon or are about to be published or interviewed — it’s time to get a great business portrait.  We can help!  

 

 

Corporate Headshots and Photoshop

Our quotes for headshots and corporate photography always include editing. Make sure you get what you need as far as editing when hiring a photographer.

Do corporate headshots and Photoshop go hand-in-hand? Absolutely. But to most people, Photoshop is a magic wand to make them look younger, thinner and more attractive — and photographers can be lazy.  They can use Photoshop short cuts and quick fixes and all of a sudden, every face looks  like the same plastic mask. No wrinkles, but no detail or contrast either. Good editing takes time, which is why a lot of bargain headshot photographers don’t include it.

Here is a simple example:  This client hired us to photograph several employees in their Dallas offices so that the finished images would match their brand (they are a global firm) which called for crisp black and white images with a soft blurry background, cropped wide.

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This was our starting point — after choosing the location, setting up lighting, posing and adjustments to a few elements in the background — but before we edited skin, hairline, and little background annoyances like exit lights. See if you can tell the difference.

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finished business headshot with the final cropped image
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posing is another important element for a strong professional portrait

In short, Photoshop is an essential element when used properly, so when hiring a professional for your next business portrait, be sure it’s included in your quote and ask to see some “before and after” shots.

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Five reasons to use a Hair/Makeup artist for your headshots.

We will always answer YES to this question!  Here’s why:

  1. Professional makeup people can minimize a variety of skin imperfections (and we all have them) . Dark circles, fine lines, skin cancer, wrinkles — you name it.
  2. Makeup artists can help you to look more alert and more youthful.  It’s not just about wrinkles and photoshop.  You want your eyes to pop and it takes more than just mascara! Your headshots are an investment… don’t cheap out on yourself.
  3. Matte finish.  The last thing you want for your headshot is shiny skin. A professional matte finish is really going to make your skin look younger and healthier.
  4. Hair!  The goal is never to make you look like someone else — but don’t you want to look your best?  Coming from home or the office with droopy hair ( or hair that has been exposed to the outdoors) right before you step in front of the camera can be risky.  You don’t have to look like an ad for a salon, but you should not look whipped and frizzy!
  5. CONFIDENCE.  What better way to look your best than turning it over to the pros?  They will take direction, consult with you about color choices based on the clothing you plan to wear — and even advise you on jewelry.  So you get to step in front of the camera knowing you’ve got it all pulled together.

My assistant, Jessiree (below) and I recently re-shot our headshots here in the studio. We chose a bright, natural light look and used one of our favorite makeup artists.  As you can see, our ages are vastly different — and we both benefited greatly.

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So give yourself every advantage and consider using a professional — and keep it simple!

 

 

Branding for small business with custom photography

When is stock photography a good idea for small business?  Maybe on a temporary basis if you’re working from a home office and don’t have a team in place, in which case all you may need is a headshot.  But a key part of successful branding is promoting what sets you apart. If you’re a small business looking to grow, what you’re really selling is YOU and your team. And we can help.

When you’re knocking on the door at IBM you don’t expect to meet the CEO, but if you’re interested in a more personal business relationship –say you’re looking for a local printing company or bakery — don’t you want to see their working environment on their website? Every small business needs to make that personal connection with their clients and images are key.  And the smart people at Entrepreneur.com agree with me. 

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Lots of BIG businesses spend a lot of money trying to look like small businesses, just to give people the feeling that they’re dealing with a neighbor and not a big, impersonal corporation. Showing your people serving your community builds a sense of trust and encourages those all-important personal referrals that every young business needs –and the cost might be less than you expect.

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Combining a few headshots created on site, with some workplace action shots will make you look like a professionally run organization with some big business smarts. Call our studio for a quote and find out how we can help. 972-250-2415

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Taking a new direction for 2017?

Your headshot is your virtual handshake — don’t shortchange yourself

Join us as we explore new concepts and ideas for business photography for 2017. We understand our corporate clients and also small business owners and entrepreneurs. Their photography needs vary with their marketing and communications needs.  We work hard for our clients.

It may start with a mission to upgrade their personal branding — like a simple business headshot. But often our clients our clients are members of a new team or new leadership for the entire corporation. There is so much we can do to get you and your business front and center.

We’ve spent years studying all the components of a compelling business portrait. As a small business, why settle for a simple ID photo when you can sell yourself ? And as a corporate HR or Communications specialist, doesn’t you group need consistency and a professional touch? Wouldn’t you enjoy having your people coached and presented properly? Call us and let’s talk about it!

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