The fact is, everything is shot in color. Unless of course, you are actually using B&W film! My point is, limiting yourself to shades of gray is very deliberate. Sometimes it’s a cost thing if it’s going to appear in print. Often it’s just an effort to simplify. The smaller palette means that you’ve got to make what’s left work a little harder. I’m always interested in your thoughts and comments.
The whole idea behind a business portrait is to convey something about who you are, to someone that doesn’t know you. It can be the image on a corporate ID badge, but personally I think a business portrait has bigger job. No matter what your job: doctor, financial consultant, lawyer or sales, it’s important that people trust you. So a business portrait or headshot is what goes before you, to stand in your place until you get face to face. It’s a big job. Let me know what you think.
You might call it a headshot, but to me, headshot is a term better reserved for the picture on your driver’s license. A portrait on the other hand, reveals a little more of your inner nature, your soul if you like. My business partner David shoots most of the portraits for Blue Sky, but he’s been out of town, so I get a crack at it. It’s challenging, because it’s more that just getting the lighting and technical stuff right, you have to connect with your subject, in order to help them reveal who they are.
As I said before, I mostly shoot products and things. When I had the opportunity to shoot the Renaissance Center security officers, I jumped it. Location Photography requires thinking on your feet, and going with the flow. Working around the things that you cannot change, and working with the things that you can. I had phenomenal cooperation from everyone on the shoot day. As always, I’m interested in your thoughts.
I don’t photograph people often, but I enjoy it when I do. There are lots more balls to keep in the air. When shooting product, you can methodically move forward till you have what you want. With people, everything is always changing – especially with groups. It’s much easier with good models, so I try to have a casting session to see what they are like in front of a camera. As alway, I am interested in your thoughts.
- Social Media: Are you a member of LinkedIn or Facebook, Google+, Twitter or any number of online groups? You’ll want to present yourself as a confident and capable professional. This is the impression a professional portrait can deliver.
- Business Cards: Many corporate business cards feature headshots. Your driver’s license photo would do, but is that how you want to present yourself to clients and colleagues?
- Press Releases: Executive portraits are often included with press releases. You’ve won an account or a promotion. You need to look your best, and only a portrait by a professional photographer will do.
- Newsletters, Company Publications and Advertising: Does your company or organization have newsletters or other publications. Frequently these incorporate photography and business portraits. Think about the image you want to convey with your portrait.
- Finally, Company Websites: Often, but not always, portraits are included on company websites. Sometimes there is a group photo, to say “we are a large organization we can handle your account.” Other times it is individual portraits of the partners, principles, salespeople or everyone.
What ever your reason for needing an executive portrait or business Portrait, finding a professional photographer is not difficult. If you search Google or Bing using the phrase “executive portrait” and include a city or state name, the search should bring up plenty of photographers to choose from. Next look at their work to see if it is similar to what you want. Talk with the ones you like. Find out what they charge. Ask if they have a studio, how long have they been in business. Find out who are their other clients. You’ll want to select a studio that has a solid history and will be around for a while.
Establishing an ongoing relationship with a photography studio has benefits. You don’t have to search for and price several photographers every time you have a need another executive portrait, You will have confidence that the photographers you have already chosen can produce a quality product. By choosing one studio for your ongoing executive portrait needs, you’ll also get a consistent “look” for all the portraits.
Executive portraits come in many flavors, from a simple head and shoulders shot on a plain or mottled background to high production value environmental portraits. Portraits can be shot at your facility or at a photo studio. Expect to spend more for more complicated shots or backgrounds. At our studio, we charge a little more to shoot on location, because it’s more work.
Carefully choosing when to schedule a shoot can save you money. A sales or board meeting is a good time to schedule a shoot because many portraits can be done with one set up. We offer discounts when shooting more portraits per session. Environmental portraits (portraits taken on location) can range from modest to high budget affairs. Executives are often pressed for time, and we can set up lighting and composition in advance so they need only step into the set and spend a few minutes. Make-up stylists can also be an important aspect of a portrait session, offsetting the extra expense. Environmental portraits shot with available light or with minimal supplementary lighting offer a budget conscious alternative. Work closely with your chosen photographer to identify cost conscious ways to get the executive portraits that your company needs.