Articles Tagged with: business headshot
My Hands. What do I do with my Hands?

My Hands. What do I do with my Hands? 

We frequently get this question just before we shoot the first shot in a portrait session. If you’re doing a head & shoulder portrait, then you don’t have to concern yourself with the placement of your hands because they won’t be shown in the photograph.

However, if you’re shooting more of a portrait style image, then the hands MAY be shown. Even when that is the case, the hands are far from what will make or break your image.  The reality is that you are somewhat limited or restricted in hand placement, and that’s a good thing.

Take a look at the image below, and you’ll see most of the typical hand placement options. Every one of them might not work for you, but we’re confident that you’ll find something that feels comfortable and looks great. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of every hand placement.

 

Collage created using TurboCollage software from www.TurboCollage.com

 

Professional Business Portraits for Lawyers

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Professional Business Portraits for Law Firms and Attorneys.

If you are just starting your law firm, or if you have had staffing changes and need to update existing business portraits, choosing a professional photographer with experience in creating business portraits for lawyers is one of the smartest moves you can make.

But before your appointment, there are some things you can do ahead of time that will help you get the portraits you want.

1. Image. Spend some time with other partners, or associates and staff as appropriate, deciding on what kind of image you want to portray for your firm through business photography. Do you want to look casual? Formal? Professional, yet approachable? Do you want to pose in the studio or in your office?

Decide these things ahead of time, as these choices will impact what people will wear and how they will pose for your firm’s portraits. Then, make sure everyone knows what the plan is, including all partners, associates, and staff. Also make sure you communicate with your photographer about what you want to get out of your portrait session.

2. Consistency. Be consistent with your business portraits and headshots. Once you’ve made those image decisions, stick with them for these and future sittings. This will give your website and other marketing a consistent look and feel.

3. Relationship. Establish a relationship with the firm photographer that can not only take this series of portraits for you, but that can create headshots for new employees or new portraits periodically, all with the look and feel you are trying to portray for your firm. This will help you continue to portray a consistent, polished image.

 

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buynowCall us at 202-552-0025 to schedule an appointment for your own professional headshots and business portraits.

 

 

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Should I Wear Glasses for My Business Portrait?

Should I Wear Glasses for My Portrait?

It’s a common question: Should I wear glasses for my portrait? And it’s one that nobody can definitively answer for you. Whether or not to wear glasses for a portrait is, in the end, a personal decision. Here are some guidelines to consider, though, if you’re getting ready to update your business portrait or head shot and are asking yourself this question:

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If you answered yes, then you probably DO want to wear glasses, particularly if you are using your portrait for professional reasons. You want your portrait to accurately represent you, which means leaving your glasses on as an identifying feature. If you don’t wear them all the time, such as if you go back and forth between contacts and glasses, then it comes down to your personal preference of how you want to be identified.

What do I need to do to prepare?

Wearing glasses for your portrait comes with a few extra steps.

First, make sure your glasses are clean. Use a glasses cleaner right before your portrait session to ensure they are spotless.

Bring a few pairs of glasses, if you have them, so your photographer can capture different aspects of your personality and give you some options to choose from.

What to avoid:

If you can, avoid wearing glasses with transitions lenses since these can darken up depending on the lighting of your photo shoot. Also avoid wearing glasses that are bent or otherwise broken. Take the time to get new glasses or to get yours fixed if this is the case. 

DC Corporate Headshots is committed to bringing out your personality while creating great photos that can be used professionally. We will use our expertise at lighting and posing to make sure you look great with (or without) your glasses.

To find out more, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.

Business Portraits with a Smile – Control Your Message

Business Portraits with a Smile.

This is a common question asked by clients. The answer is almost always “yes.”  However, it comes down to your brand, target audience, and message.

In a world dominated by online and social media, a great business portrait has become more important than ever. You are creating your personal brand. What is the message you are trying to convey? Who is your target audience? Where will you use the business portrait?

If your audience is expecting a serious message, you want your business portrait to convey shrewdness, wisdom, and savvy. However, you probably do not want to express anger and rigidness. Look through our portfolio, specifically at examples of Eric Holder, former Attorney General of the United States.

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There are many professional headshots of Mr. Holder, from his long career, showing him with a serious and straight-faced, but also and sometimes stern. Our photos portray the former Attorney General as serious, but with wisdom, understanding, and warmth.


If you need a photo for LinkedIn and are trying to attract new employees or a new employer, you may want a big beautiful smile, even if your business is very serious. If one is working in an inherently stressful field, they are seeking to avoid the unhappy work environment.

The main feature of “approachability” is in the movement in the mouth. The corners of the lips are drawn back and slightly up. The lips can remain together in a smile. A smiling image has been proven time and time again to make people feel more at ease.  It’s also a widely held belief that a person who smiles is more trustworthy.

Small smiles are typically “more professional” but the mouth can also be opened, with the teeth together, in a grin.

“A recent study at Penn State University found that when you smile, you don’t only appear to be more likable and courteous, but you actually appear to be more competent.”

Ron Gutman CEO/Founder of HealthTap

Ultimately, our recommendation is to try a variety of facial expressions (with and without smiles) during your photo session. If one is not working for you, the other is available. Having multiple photos with and without a smile, with different backgrounds, and different outfits give you the flexibility to change the mood with an upload.

If you would like to talk more about business portraits, or anything else. Please contact us.

New Client Welcome: Hertzbach & Company, P.A

Welcome to our newest corporate client,  Hertzbach & Company, P.A!

Hertzbach & Company is a valued advisor to businesses in a variety of industries throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. We are proud of the clients we serve in Baltimore, Washington DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

We worked with several of the executives at Hertzbach in their Rockville office and the sessions couldn’t have gone any better! We’re looking forward to working with you again soon.

If you’re a CPA firm with a need for outstanding corporate headshots and business portraits we’d love to hear from you. We have a 15+ year track record of creating Rockville’s best headshots with a minimal impact on the busy schedule of your executives.  You can reach us by phone at 202-596-1548.

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Do you need a Portrait or Headshot?

You’ve searched the interwebs and looked at your co-workers photos and searched all around LinkedIn. You’ve found a PROFESSIONAL photographer and look at her portfolio, but you still don’t know if you need a portrait or a headshot. I mean…they are the same. Right? WRONG!

A business portrait (also called an executive portrait) generally contains more (see top row) of the subjects body (half, 3/4 or full length). A common variation is the environmental portrait where the subjects surroundings are an integral aspect of the final image.

A head shot or headshot is a specific type of portrait (see bottom row) that realistically demonstrates a person’s appearance for business and professional branding. A headshot should be of the subjects head and shoulder area. It should NOT be half, 3/4 or full length.

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Portraits typically show more of an individuals body and can be anything from 1/2 length to full length or more. A headshot is a “head and shoulders” style image

 

Corporate Headshots Heads to UMB School of Social Work

Last week we had the opportunity to attend the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) School of Social Work’s Job Fair and shoot headshots for the students. Needless to say it was a busy day and we ended up shooting 98 students in just under 2 and half hours! The line was down the hall within minutes of us setting up and many students thanked us for providing such a great service.

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Business headshots are essential in this day and age. Some companies and organizations request headshots before hiring, and having a LinkedIn account without a headshot is an easy way for your profile to be overlooked. By providing these students with quality headshots even before they graduate we’re giving them a BIG step over the competition.

PAL_2075We’ve cultivated a fantastic relationship creating portraits for UMB over the past few years. This was our first time working with the School of Social Work, but we have also created great headshots for UMB Pharmacy and the School of Law multiple times in the past. We look forward to shooting more great headshots with them in the future!