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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.

250+ Portrait Sessions for PwC at Georgetown University

Business headshots at Georgetown University

Today we had the pleasure of working with the Campus Recruiting team at PwC during their efforts at Georgetown University where we created 250+ business portraits for students. PwC “gets it” when it comes to setting up and providing an awesome experience for these soon to be professionals.

Nothing beats a crisp, clean, white background when it comes to portraits like this. The background is modern and doesn’t compete with the subject. These students all received the benefit of a great image for use on their social media profiles which should give them a leg-up on their competition when it comes to looking for a job.

This assignment was similar to efforts we’ve done at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and School of Social Work.  We create new business portraits for LOTS of students over a relatively short amount of time.

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. Providing students with quality headshots even before they graduate we’re giving them a BIG step over the competition. Just make sure you don’t choose the wrong headshot for your profile.

If your career services department is interested in offering this service to your students give us a call at 202-552-0025. We’d love to talk to you.

Business Portraits for Georgetown University

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Corporate Headshots for the Staff at National Geographic

Today we created new and updated business portraits for 55 of the AWESOME staff members at National Geographic.

I’ll admit it…if we ranked our clients (we would never do that publicly) but if we did…NatGeo would be TOPS on the list. They are the BEST!!! We’ve been working with them for 3+ years and have photographed over 450 people in Washington DC and it never gets old.

After coaching each and every client we sit with them and help them select their favorite image. Trust me when I tell you this is the hard part…but with our guidance and tips plus feedback from the individual we have created a process that works 100% of the time. GUARANTEED.

 

 

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Business Portraits for National Geographic

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!

Business Professional Photos DC

As DC’s Top Headshot Studio we photograph more studio sessions that anyone else in the area. Our #1 goal is to create an awesome business portrait that makes sure you “look like business”. Senior Photographer and Managing Partner, Delane Rouse has years of experience providing professional business portrait for individual and businesses of all sizes. We use creative editing, cropping, sizing and retouching to create the PERFECT PORTRAIT of you.

With large studio located on Capitol Hill, DC Corporate Headshots offers a premium session that will suit your industry and personality. You might walk in nervous but you’ll walk out saying “Wow…that was painless.”

 

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Corporate Headshots for Media Advisors and Digital Strategist

 “Delane made the whole headshot experience painless–even enjoyable. He is a true professional, and I highly recommend him to any individual, firm, or company in need of corporate headshots! Give him a call; you won’t be disappointed.”

We frequently create corporate headshots for media advisors, digital strategists, and communications managers in the Washington DC area. Our studio is located on Capitol Hill and you won’t find anyone else in the area that ONLY creates corporate headshots and business portraits.

We like working with individuals in the communications and media field because we feel like we’re on the same page when it comes to assisting in creating or updating your brand.

What sets us apart? Our PROFESSIONALISM. Our approach to COACHING you throughout your session and finally…our COMMITMENT to staying the best in the business through consistently honing our craft and expertise.

Business Portrait for Corporate Communications Executives in Washington DC

Business Portrait for Corporate Communications Executives in Washington DC

 

Where is Your Photography Studio Located

Our studio is conveniently located on Capitol Hill at 528 F Street Terrace S.E. Washington DC 20003. We’re only 2 blocks from the Eastern Market Metro.

Our building is located in the INTERIOR of the block bounded by E Street (North), G Street (South), 6th Street (West) and 7th Street (East). Most clients drive down F Street Terrace S.E. then find a parking spot on one of the streets listed above. If you’re LUCKY there will be a street RIGHT OUTSIDE OUR DOOR but that’s rare unless you’re the FIRST or LAST session.

 

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Headshot Photographer Washington DC

Headshot Photographer Washington DC

Business people are frequently looking for a Washington DC corporate headshot photographer. That’s were our studio, DC Corporate Headshots, steps in. Creating a portrait that shows the client as confident and approachable is easier said than done but our 15+ years of experience and the fact that we ONLY shoot portraits is a major plus. Clients realize that they need to put out images that “look like business” and that it’s not good enough to have a “selfie” as your LinkedIn profile photo.

We think we are the best photo studio in Washington DC and we love that we get to create professional photos, business photos and great headshots in one of the most comfortable studios in the city. Every day we come to our 5000 square foot Capitol Hill studio and work with some of the areas top business leaders.

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DC Corporate Headshots is the premier provider of outstanding corporate headshots and business portraits in the Washington DC area. We help individuals and business project the professional image they desire with minimal impact on the schedule of the busy executive. We service the Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, and Washington DC business markets.

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