Can I Shoot my Own Headshot?
Whether you are just starting a business or want to update an outdated business portrait, you may be wondering whether you need to hire a professional headshot photographer or if you can instead just shoot your own headshot. After all, everyone has a smartphone these days, so you can just take a “selfie”, right?
While you technically can take your own “selfie”, or have a friend take a portrait to use for your business website and other marketing materials, we don’t think you should take that approach, for a number of reasons.
First of all, your social media profile, website and marketing materials will often be the first impression you make. Prospective clients and business partners will be evaluating you. By taking a “do-it-yourself” approach, your first impression can end up looking like you didn’t put a lot of effort into your image. That is not the impression you probably want to make. A good professional headshot or business portrait will show you the way you want to be portrayed.
With a variety of backgrounds available, a professional photographer will also be able to make your business portrait look its best, without you having to search for the best spot to take your own photos.
You probably don’t cut your own hair, even though you technically can; you also probably don’t change the oil in your car yourself. You rely on the people who do those jobs every day to handle those things for you, right? Don’t treat your business portrait any differently.
You want to look polished, professional and confident, and a good professional photographer will help you do just that. Let the pros handle your business portraits so you can focus on your business and not on what filter to use on your phone’s camera.
Contact us to schedule an appointment for your own professional headshots and business portraits.
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.
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.
We recently had the opportunity to create an environmental portrait of the CEO of Philips North America. We had previously worked with their team at a shoot we produced in Baltimore last year and it’s always nice when we get to work with a clients on a repeat basis, even though this was their CEO (no pressure). We received the initial contact via email on Friday afternoon and within a few hours we had a shoot scheduled for Tuesday morning. Ultimately we did move the shoot to Wednesday morning to better accommodate the client (we understand the needs of high level executives).
We processed the images in Capture One and delivered the files to the client using our PhotoShelter archive.
Nationwide availability means that we come to you —anywhere in the country. We have photographers positioned in the 30 largest major metropolitan cities in the United States and we provide businesses of all sizes with unique portraits that undoubtedly become part of their professional and personal message.
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.
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.
We’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!
We recently had the opportunity to create corporate headshots for a group of professionals at Deloitte Consulting. An internal conference is the PERFECT time to update the image for your busy professionals.
At DC Corporate Headshots we have developed a technique that allows us to photograph ~50-60 people per hour. During the time we are with each client we establish a rapport with the subject, coach them toward their strength, build their confidence and make them look GREAT in their portrait.
FYI…none of the individuals on our website are professional models nor were they photographed at a workshop, these are actual PAYING CLIENTS.
No weddings. No Babies. No Fashion. No Food.
This is from a few weeks ago…an updated portrait for Tom Daschle (former U.S. Senate Majority Leader). He needed the update portrait as he recently formed The Daschle Group, a Public Policy Advisory of Baker Donelson, large law firm and lobbying group in Washington DC.
We currently have studios in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Dallas, Denver, Philadelphia, and Washington DC.
We provide our services in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Antonio, San Diego, Seattle and Washington DC (our headquarters).
It’s the second week of December and we’re pushing towards the end of what has been a VERY busy year for our portrait studio. In April-June, we worked with a New York based client to create business portraits for
2000 3000 medical professionals. We spent 10 weeks in and out of 48 different offices throughout Manhattan, Staten Island, Long Island and Brooklyn. Honestly, it was a lot of fun.
The work didn’t let up as we did MAJOR assignments for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Ernst & Young, Deloitte, Philips, Zurich, Wells Fargo, Comcast, Bank of America, and Baker Donelson (to name a few).
We completed portrait assignments in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, and Washington DC.
This week we’ll spend 2 days creating environmental portraits for a large trade association in Washington DC, work with a client in our Baltimore studio, create some collateral marketing imagery for one of our law firm clients that is moving into a new office, and create 14 new portraits and a 6 minute video for one of our long-time Boston based clients.
Friday we’ll unpack, recharge batteries, clean gear and repack to fire back up next week when were back in Baltimore to work with an award winning real-estate client on Monday as well as working with our group of medical professionals in NYC. It’s going to be a long, but productive day.
Tuesday (week of 12/15) we start the final week of shooting for one of our new law-firm clients, which will lead us right up to December 24th. We’ll take a few days off for the Christmas Holiday but jump right back in on 12/29 with our medical professionals.
This is the way our entire 2014 has gone. We’re not complaining…in fact, we’re looking forward to an even busier 2015!