Portrait Post Process styling and Colour Grading

Colour grading and toning provides a look similar to the many social media images found on instagram and elsewhere. This is not the same as applying a filter as you would in Instagram but a process that can be tailored to your specification and unique to a particular image or set of images. A few example options to colour grade and stylise images the non graded image is top left.

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Original image – no grading applied

Natural Light Portraits

Examples of natural light (or ‘available daylight’ a more accurate description) corporate staff portraits and portraits for private clients in London and locally within Surrey. Shooting with only the available light can be difficult to master. There are many considerations to account for such as time of day, light direction, reflected colours, background, choice of lens, iso and shutter speed /aperture.

The beauty of working with only the available light without adding supplementary lighting, is the ability to setup quickly with minimal and lightweight equipment which is always good if you have to haul gear up stairs or a long way from a parked car. More importantly it allows you to focus on the subject, is less distracting and intimidating for the subject and is very flattering if the ratio of shadow to highlight is balanced well.

corporate staff portrait for website taken in surrey, united kingdom

Natural light Nurse portrait Natural light theatre nurse portrait

Baby portrait - Surrey series

Hotel Staff, Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka LinkedI Social Media portrait Portrait of female consultant surgeon

Environmental Portrait – Nursing Recruitment Brochure

This is a recent cover I shot for for the latest Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust nursing recruitment brochure. Portrait was taken in the anaesthetic room of one Harefield Hospital’s operating theatres. This is one of a series of environmental portrait photographs taken of the super happy and friendly theatre nurse Nerea.

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Contemporary Corporate Portrait Photography – Reigate, Surrey.

Sample photography from a recent corporate portrait shoot taken for  WS Planning & Architecture in Reigate, Surrey.

WS Planning & Architecture follow a Four Stage Planning & Design Process that utilises the combined knowledge of their planning and architectural teams.

All images were shot with the available daylight. The whole process was relaxed and the teams at WSPA were great to get to know.

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Shooting Engaging Lively Corporate Portraits

ACC Aviation recently launched an excellent new website. I was fortunate to be asked to take the corporate portraits of their staff which feature on the new website. Taken over 3 days at ACC Aviation’s new HQ the results are lively and fun and reflect well the very friendly staff.

Brief

The brief was to capture a spontaneous and natural shot of each member of staff member including the senior management. Simple lighting and dark background.

Approach

After an initial scout of the offices. It was decided we would shoot in the always dependable meeting room. I went about the photography by using a single strobe light with a fast recycle time and short duration. This meant that I could keep taking shots while the conversation flowed, capturing the lively and naturally engaged moments. The light itself was modified using a 6 ft Octa soft box with grid. I chose to use the grid because the space was tight. Using the grid avoided light spill onto the background and other surfaces close by, this often results in unintentional fill of the shadows and a flat looking subject. These particular shots were helped with great banter from Marketing Manager Emily Nesbitt.

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ACC Aviation specialises in aircraft leasing, charter and the supply and refurbishment of aircraft seating. The Headquarters are based in Reigate just outside London.

2014 Roundup

2014 has been a wirlwind year. My duaghter Eleanor was born in May and she is a beautiful joy to spend time with. Between power naps and nappy changes the last year has proven especially busy with lots of travel both abroad and in the UK. Photoshoot trips to regions of the UK I would not otherwise have visited and journeys further afield to Barcelona. I have been privileged to meet some amazing healthcare staff and see them at work. It’s been a pleasure to continue to collaborate with my long standing clients, producing creative work for annual reports, websites, marketing and advertising. I am looking forward to producing and developing more creative output in 2015.

I have also upgraded and added new equipment to my kit. The Nikon D810 and D800 currently the only DSLR 35mm cameras capable of producing 36 megapixel files, the largest digital image files available from a camera in this class. In conjunction with this I have upgraded my computer and storage in order to maintain an efficient workflow that can handle the larger files sizes produced by the D800 cameras.

Below is a small sample of photography completed during 2014.

Corporate Portrait Photography for LinkedIn and Social Media.

LinkedI Social Media portraitWith the abundance of portrait images on the net, from selfies to super corporate LinkedIn profiles, images for social media need to stand out from the crowd and project the professionalism and confidence you have. Often a linkedIn profile is the first impression you make or it will reinforce your personality after that first contact. It is surprising how many professionals on linkedIn still use holiday or family photos as their profile image.  While this is fine for Facebook. The images tend to all look the same. By this I mean that the lighting, the colour and ambiance are all very similar and are usually  quite flat, lacking contrast, or with unnatural colour tones. These type of images can present you as down to earth and approachable, but do not suggest that you follow through with the same attention to detail that perhaps you have given to your CV or profile.

This is where a professional photographer’s portrait can really make a difference. By creating a flattering, approachable and confident headshot, that presents you uniquely the way you want and with attention to your target audience, it will stand above the abundance of selfies or friends snaps.

Whether you choose a pro photographer or not, when it comes to taking your profile portrait there are few guidelines you can follow to improve how well the final results works. From your clothing choices, grooming and the food and drink you choose to eat beforehand.

When I undertake this type of assignment, whether for an individual or a group session, I will use lighting which is complimentary to each subject, and select a background appropriate to the intended use. I will also ask the subjects to follow a few simple guidelines:

  • MEN/WOMEN – Clothing should be neutral and coordinated. Its better to opt for darker tones black/grey (Reds, blues, yellows area Acceptable). Avoid stripes and busy / loud patterns. Including clothing with patterns on the inside lining or inside collars etc.
  • MEN/WOMEN – Try to get hair done as close to the shoot as possible or at least within 2 weeks of the shoot.
  • WOMEN – Bring hair clips / bands, ties brush etc in case needed.
  • MEN – Shave on the day of the shoot if you don’t wear facial hair.
  • MEN/WOMEN Bring a choice of jacket, shirt/blouse and tie. Clothing should be ironed and if possible bring a fresh shirt to avoid creases. If you usually walk or cycle to work and the weather is windy and wet try to arrive in time to sort out any hair or clothing issues which might result because of the weather.
  • Without sounding like an overzealous health guru. Try to get an early night, stay hydrated but avoid caffeine and hot drinks on the day, before your photographed as this can make you sweat and look flustered. Eat a light meal before the shoot. If your travelling to my studio space in Surrey then I’ll happily reward you with fresh tea/coffee after the shoot.

During the shoot its advisable to apply the same body language and postures you would adopt when meeting colleagues or clients.

  • Maintain eye contact with the camera.
  • Keep expressions close to neutral without exaggerating emotions/expressions. Its ok to smile.
  • Keep your posture upright but loose, lean towards the camera without slouching. Try to keep shoulders straight.
  • Its often the case that crossed arms is a defensive unwelcoming posture. However in some sectors this can be interpreted as the posture of someone who is confident and control. Research your target sector and inform the photographer who will be viewing you portrait.

If you are going to upload images yourself to LinkedIn below are thee current guidelines for images.

  • You can upload JPG, GIF or PNG files.
  • File size – 4MB maximum.
  • Your photo should be square.
  • The ideal pixel size for your photo is between 200 x 200 to 500 x 500. If either width or height exceeds 4000 pixels, your photo will not upload.
  • Select who you want the photo to be visible to.Click Save Settings.

 

Example LinkedIn Portraits

Looking Back at some of the highlights from 2013

Looking back over 2013. Lots of ground has been covered this last year both professionally and personally. With travel to Poland to photograph the Doosan Way and with my own relocation from Cambridge to Reigate, Surrey. As always corporate and healthcare has been a primary focus for my work. I had the pleasure of working with the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust Hospital taking photographs for their Annual Review and a visit to the Brompton Hospital by the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt. I have begun to focus more on portraiture and in particular environmental portraiture, working with the Financial Times on a Business Life feature and the Netherlands largest medical school Erasmus MC.

 

Simple Corporate headshot Lighting Setup

Simple corporate headshot diagram. The is a typical lighting set up I use when space is limited and I need to travel with minimal equipment. The back light usually a lastolite umbrella softbox allows for the choice of either a rim highlight with lighting on the background as well or just a rim light if the umbrella is swivelled 180 degrees and feathered away from the subject and background.

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