In last week’s post, I wrote about some considerations to keep in mind if you want to get the right corporate headshot for your needs and come away from your session satisfied with the outcome. Because there is no shortage of topics related to this issue, I’m continuing here. I chose to write about this because it is so important for the photographer and subject to come to a mutual understanding about expectations.
I’ll kick off with one of the easiest, most productive ways to accomplish this:
Communicate with your Photographer
This one is a no-brainer. A killer corporate headshot doesn’t happen in a vacuum, nor can the photographer pull it out of a hat. If you want to see your “vision” come to fruition, you need to spend time talking with your photographer to make sure she can accomplish your goals. Ahead of corporate headshot sessions, I’ll typically send my clients an email about how they can prepare for the shoot. That list includes recommendations for grooming and clothing. While this certainly helps us both, the most successful shoots I’ve done generally resulted from having conversations that went beyond an emailed list.
Location, Location, Location…
Consider where it makes the most sense to do your shoot. Is it your office or somewhere else? While you may be inclined to default to your office, consider if it’s the right size and ensure there aren’t too many distractions in the way. This is especially important if you’re looking for multiple photos taken at various angles (standing, sitting, walking, etc.). For example, a location that involves something like a big, unmovable conference table generally isn’t a good idea, because shooting around it is impossible.
…Because Location also Influences Setups
If you’re intent on getting numerous shots from various angles, chances are you’re also interested in varying up your background. For example, perhaps you’re envisioning a few photos with a white background and a few taken outdoors. This isn’t uncommon, and it can be done – provided you’re realistic about what you have to work with. Location limitations may require several shoots over several days. This is especially important to consider if you’re working under time constraints.
Those are the themes, folks: communication, location, setup. Putting just a little thought into each component is well-worth it (and speaking of themes, “thought” is clearly one of them when it comes to corporate headshot needs!) Stay tuned for next week, when I dive into part 3 of getting what you need.
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