When it comes to getting the right corporate headshots for your needs, there really isn’t a one-size-fits-all option. Of course, there are steps you can take to be corporate headshot-ready, but the result often varies client-by-client and depending on your needs. Needs are an important factor with corporate headshots. For example, if you hold a creative role with a trendy advertising agency, you probably don’t want to end up with a corporate headshot that makes you look stiff, formal, and stern.
If you want a corporate headshot that meets your needs, you need to go into your shot knowing what your needs are. There are a number of questions you should ask, variables to consider, and qualifications to keep in mind. In this post (part 1 of 3), I briefly touch on 3 topics:
Identify the Photo’s Purpose
Where do you plan to use your corporate headshot? Will you post it on your website? As a LinkedIn profile? As a Twitter profile? On your blog? At a conference? While this may seem like an obvious question, you’d be surprised about how many people don’t think this through.
Will the Photo (Literally) Fit?
The previous question matters, because how you answer them will influence your corporate headshot’s dimensions, the angle, whether or not to zoom in or zoom out a bit, etc. Ultimately, you’re in need of a photo with the correct orientation and size for the platform you’re working with.
Look Right for the Occasion
Depending on where the photo will end up, you also need to consider your setting. Should you shoot indoors? Perhaps, if you are the CEO of an outdoor sports gear company. Indoors? Most likely, if you head up product development for a major global firm. Do you want the picture taken in your office or in a studio? In color or in black and white?
The more you understand your needs, the more likely you are to get what you want from your photographer. Do yourself a favor and think things through.
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