This week I want to talk to you about the cooperate headshot. Sounds easy right? Although one of the more important types of photography it poses many issues. Carry on reading to see Capture Houses Guide to a Great Headshot.
First of all, I want to talk about the client. Most people feel self-conscious in front of the camera. To help your client feel more comfortable keep them moving to lots of different locations; as it gives them a break in between photos and they're not posing in one place for too long.
Another top tip is to stick to a few easy poses, especially when they're feeling uncomfortable in front of the lens. A few easy poses are look at the camera, look at the camera and fake laugh, look at an object to the diagonal, look at the object and fake laugh. A fake laugh may sound like a bad idea but normally a fake laugh usually turns into a genuine one creating a really nice moment.
The first thing to do when taking cooperate headshots is to speak to the top dog of the company. Find out what the headshot is being used for e.g. a website. Do the photos need to be landscape, portrait, square etc. as this will give you an idea of what sort of framing to do.
Also, lighting is a key feature. The main thing is to make sure the client isn't standing in direct sunlight. Plus make sure the area is evenly lit. This can prove challenging but using lots of locations can help with this particular problem.
Try different types of shots. Some with a direct backdrop, others with more of a blanc canvas. Look at the clients outfit and see what colours will well with it. Also play with your camera settings, like aperture and shutter speed to create varied images.
There you all Capture Houses Guide to a Great Headshot. Thanks for checking out our blog and make sure to come back next week for more.