QUESTIONS - Corporate Headshot Photography
Q: How many people can you photograph in a day?
A: I ask for 5-10 minutes for each person. This allows me to shoot a maximum of 90 headshots in an 8-hour working day. Everyone is different and whilst some people are wonderfully comfortable in front of the camera, and we can easily achieve the desired result quickly with others it does take more time. I do recommend as much as possible to allow 10 minutes per person as this will result in a better portrait with each person genuinely happy with their final images.
Q: Why 10 minutes per Headshot?
A: For large shoots I shoot tethered, this means the photos can immediately be seen on a larger screen (either laptop or iPad) rather on the back of my camera. The benefit of this is that it allows the subject of the photo to see how the photo looks and then we work together to ensure they end up with the best possible portrait. I direct the subject during the 10-minute window on how to look better through posing and relaxing in front of the camera, the transformation from the start to the end is often significant. You will see the difference between portraits taken in quick succession and portraits that have had significant time spent with the individual.
Q. Is retouching included?
A: Retouching for headshots includes removal of blemishes (anything that won’t be there in 6 months’ time), softening of wrinkles and bags around the eyes, reducing shiny skin and tidying of any flyaway hairs, whitening of teeth. The idea is to simply enhance the image not to make any changes you would notice in person. Special requests from individuals can be sent at the proofing stage but I would not recommend an overly photoshopped/ filtered look.
Q. How many photos do we get per person?
A: You can have as many final images per person as you like, but I charge on a ‘per-image’ basis, so most organisations stick with just one photo per person. For more details about my pricing please check out my photography rates here.
Q. How much space do you need to take corporate headshots?
A. For photos on a white background, ideally, I need a space of 3 metres by 3 metres at a minimum to allow for the portable studio set up. For photos with the office in the background, a space of 2 metres by 2 metres is normally feasible. However, I have worked in tight spaces in the past so please just discuss your setting on booking so I can advise appropriately.
Q. Do you have a studio?
A. I have a mobile studio as 99% of my work is on location, this also allows me to keep my costs down without having large overheads that a physical studio would accrue. I set up my mobile studio in a meeting room at the offices of my clients. This allows enough room to shoot whilst providing each person with privacy when having their photo taken, without interrupting the working day to much. You can see examples of my studio headshots here.
Q. Can you do large teams across multiple offices?
A. I have a vast amount of experienced working with large multi-national companies. After defining the style, I can come to any office with my portable studio for full team business portraits. I make sure each image is consistently styled so you have a comprehensive set of images that portray your business in the best light.
Q. Do you do corporate team and group photography?
A. Yes, there are two ways we can do this, the first it to create a composite from several studio group portraits and the second it to get everyone together in a more styled and relaxed posed. I have photographed groups from as little at 5 up to over 100. For more details about the services I offer please head over to my photography services page.
Q. Do you offer Corporate Lifestyle and Environmental Photography?
A. Yes, in fact many of my clients book a combination day of Headshot photography and lifestyle photography. This means that you can have a bank of images that can be used across your website and marketing collateral instead of using generic stock photography. If this is something of interest to you, please get in touch for a bespoke quote.