CORPORATE HEADSHOT AND PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY IN SURREY AND LONDON
I capture corporate portraits on location using either an environmental background or a plain seamless background. My method is about putting people at ease and capturing a subject looking relaxed and approachable. Utilising either minimal lighting equipment or natural daylight I enjoy making the process easy for everyone involved while crafting an image which best reflects my clients brand either through lighting, location or a particular pose.
I favour balanced lighting without harsh shadows and shallow depth of field or out for focus background. I enjoy creating a specific look and tone to a portrait and I’m happy to craft this to a clients requirement.
I work on location at a clients workspace or specified environment occasionally hiring studio space when necessary, working with the available light or supplementing this with additional lighting or completely substituting existing lighting to create a specific look and tone to the final result. I usually aim to arrive on site 1 hour before the first person is scheduled in order to setup and or scout suitable locations.
Arriving on site within London can sometimes be lengthy especially in the the City of London, as its not always possible to park outside a clients location and so it may be necessary to transport equipment from a car park either using a hand cart or taxi depending on the distance and amount of equipment. Loading bays at an office block are very useful and arranging this access in advance can save a lot of time.
For headshots I aim to shoot 6-12 shots per person capturing a range of expressions and subtle differences in pose. The time required is usually around 5 mins per person although can be vary. For other portraits I may capture between 12-50 shots of varying background, pose or even clothing depending on requirements timing can take upto 20 mins or more for a single person.
All my images are shot in RAW format on high resolution DSLR’s. Typically around 40megapixels. This is more than enough resolution for most applications. I follow a fully colour managed workflow and where necessary communicate with graphic designers printers to achieve the appropriate results for the intended publication. The resulting digital files are fully edited and low resolution watermarked previews are supplied via an online web gallery with access to download the files. Download access can be configured with varying levels of security and personalisation. From completely open public access through to password protection in conjunction with a specific email. By default the highest security level is applied which grants access to a specific email and password combination.
From these previews it is possible to select images for processing.
Processing involves individually optimising each selected image for exposure, colour balance, tone and contrast. Basic retouching is also carried out in order to remove such things as stray hairs, blemishes and to smooth skin tones. From these processed images I can then create full resolution digital image files or other specific image file sizes
This is the best option to achieve the highest quality result. For more detailed and extensive retouching a quote can be provided to accomplish any creative requirements. Bespoke files are usually the preferred choice although as an alternative, all the files can be batch supplied as high resolution jpeg files with settings similar to the previews. All Images can be supplied as a download, on optical media or hard drive depending on the quantity.
Full Resolution Image Dimensions and Size for RGB JPG and TIFF Files:
Large 8256 x 5504 px
- JPG – 20mb
- TIFF – 272mb – 8bit
PRE SHOOT GUIDE
Corporate headshot photos are generally cropped about half way between chin and waist. But the final crop could be closer than this. Lighting is frontal from one side sometimes with soft back light.
All other corporate portraits may include a full length crop and so your shoes may also be shown.
Lighting is frontal from one side sometimes with soft back light.
Its worth discussing this with me before I arrive even if time has been allocated to scout the location(s) on the shoot day. Things to consider include:
- Available free floor space, will chairs and desks need to be moved or even added to the space.
- Availability of natural daylight and whether any windows will have direct sunlight.
- Privacy of those being photographed or colleagues working close by.
- Will it be necessary to book a room in advance.
- Should be neutral and coordinated. Its better to opt for darker tones of either black or greys (muted/pastel reds, blues, yellows are fine also)
- A white shirt or blouse with a dark plain suit jacket and plain blue/red/yellow tie is the best choice.
- Its better to avoid stripes and busy / loud patterns. Including clothing with patterns on
- the inside lining or inside collars etc. Avoid wearing cardigans and avoid jumpers/fleeces
- worn over clothing.
- Bring a choice of jacket 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.
Looking your best tips:
- Try to get hair cut/styled as close to the shoot as possible. For men a shave on the day. For women bring hair clips / bands ties etc in case needed.
- Without sounding like an overzealous health guru. Try to get an early night, stay hydrated but
avoid hot drinks on the day, before your photograph as this can make you sweat and look flustered. Eat a light meal before the shoot….So no coffee or fry ups before the shoot please……Only joking! This is just advice and I suggest you follow what ever makes you feel relaxed on the day.
- A small mirror,
- hair clips / bands
- hair spray
- Sticky roller to remove hair etc from clothing