In last week’s blog, we explored additional steps one should take in order to get the right corporate headshots for his or her needs. While this blog marks the last of my 3-part series, you can expect future blogs to include more tips and tricks relevant to this topic – especially as the photography field continues to evolve and styles fall in and out of fashion. On that note, let’s get to it:
Time is of the Essence
While it sounds obvious, I can’t stress it enough: make sure to give yourself or your team enough time to have their photos taken. When considering timing, you need to factor in any travel to the corporate headshot location, last minute prep (makeup touch-ups, etc.), settling in for the photograph following feedback from the photographer, the actual photography session, and then time spent considering which photographs are your favorite. I counsel building in a minimum of 30 minutes.
When Necessary, Prep your Team
If you’ve set up the photography session for your team, chances are you’ve corresponded with your photographer a few times and have a sense of basic corporate headshot does and don’ts. My advice? Impart your learned wisdom to your team in advance of the session. For example, your team should have a sense of appropriate clothing to wear for the shoot, i.e. wearing white against white will yield a floating head, as will black against black.
Be Decisive Now
The term “fix it in post-production” is used far too frequently, as it seems to indicate there’s a certain ease in making dramatic changes to corporate headshots. While there is a time and a place for post production, it’s not the place for, say, changing a photo from black and white to color. In fact, this type of lighting adjustment isn’t really possible. To avoid this headache, the best course of action is to know if you want black and white versus color in advance. Then, make sure to actually convey this to your photographer! Lighting is different for black and white, and your photographer will need to make adjustments to account for contrasts, shadows and highlights.
Do you have additional tips in mind? Any topics you’re interested in learning more about? Comments are welcome and as always, I’d love to hear from you.
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