For business owners searching for the right photographer offering corporate headshots the options can be overwhelming. It’s tough to decide what type of session you need, the style of photographs to choose and even what happens on the day.
But fear not, I’ve created this guide to explain some of the options around for new-to-photography clients looking to hire their first professional photographer. If you need professional head shots to refresh your various online profiles? You don’t want anything fancy a few indoors and outdoors, with a few wardrobe changes from business, casual to relax and off duty. I’ve got you covered.
Best for the camera conscious
Headshot Days or ‘specials’ are offered for limited days by photographs offering corporate headshots. They are often at a discounted price and the sessions are built around short sessions that produce one or two great looking photographs.
- Quick and Easy
- Gets fast results
- Less fuss
- Fast turn around
- Last minute booking
- Being outdoors helps you relax
- You’ll be outside
- Camera conscious might not want to be watched
- If you need time to warm up your session time will be less productive
- Changing outside
- Less flexibility
- The weather!
Best for corporate headshots
Studio headshots are offered by a variety of Isle of Wight photographers, I cater exclusively to corporate clients that are camera-conscious. My sessions are designed specially with my client’s needs and fears in mind, placing an emphasis on support, guidance, comfort and easy-going sessions. I operate a bespoke service only taking on a few clients each month to ensure a high level of service.
You’ll want a studio look to your headshots if your corporation or business is more formal. Careers in finance, mortgages, business advisors, estate agents tend to request corporate headshots. Whilst writers, journalists, poets, authors and creatives request a more relaxed, approachable feel.
If you are still unsure, a good question to ask is: what would I wear for a job interview?
This will often give you the answer. Read this response from a recent client. See how easy it is to plan 3 outfits: suit with crisp white shirt, polo T-shirt and chinos, shorts and linen shirt based on his response.
“My bosses expect to see me in ‘business casual’, especially in their offices. I plan to wear a black suit, open neck, white shirt. I’ll be rotating these for my Zoom meetings when I’m talking to new clients.
I work at home a lot too, so some photos in polo shirts would be good. I wear these during Teams when chatting with colleagues. So casual pictures would be good.
I use authentic stories to build up a relationship with my potential clients and talk about my love of coastal sports (sailing; open water swimming; diving). So adding a variety of these activities will help build a visual connection.”
Best for Dating Websites
This one surprises people.
Whenever a client books for their corporate headshot I offer the option to grab a few relaxed portraits too. Almost always the answer is, “no thanks” until they meet me. On the day of the shoot, you get to see the photographs on the back of the camera and realise you look great in your photographs. It’s easy to get carried away with the fun and excitement. Relaxed portraits taken just ten minutes and they are often the most loved images. I’ve had clients buy them for their partners, for grandmas and to complete the family portraits on the living wall. Most people are too shy to admit, but they also need photographs for their dating websites.
Photographs for dating websites are more relaxed, outdoors and candid. This means I’ve caught you in the moment perhaps mid-conversation with a friend, walking through the park or just about to carry out your favourite past time and you’ve just looked up to watch a dog run past.
I’ve perfected a ‘window light’ set up in my home studio where you are sitting on the sofa warming your hands with a cup of tea, book or iPad nestled on your knee. These work because the lighting is good but you don’t look too ‘contrived’. I also use my private garden for outdoor photographs. I sit people on my well with the fig tree in the background. This works well because you can sit down, look at the sea, listen to the hovercraft and I can capture natural gestures that are prefect for dating websites.
Have you booked your very first corporate headshot? Or do you remember the first time you stepped in front of the camera? Tell me all about it in the comment box below!
If you have any questions about my home studio or booking your first corporate headshot, call Amanda Herbert Photography on +44 (0)7719316609
Amanda Herbert has more than ten years’ experience as a headshot photographer and has been photographing people since 2006. I love learning all about my clients projects and helping people use their portraits to market their products, as well as discovering fun and exciting activities they like to do in their down time. I have worked with opera singers, celebrity actors and grandmas and am looking forward to adding to my self-portrait project in 2022. My favourite things to do is walk along Priory Bay, open water swimming and visiting the pigs in Quarr Abby.
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Please contact the Isle of Wight Studio on +44 (0)1983 617383 or Mandy on +44 (0)7719316609 or email [email protected]