Last month, the Scottish accountancy firm, Campbell Dallas, commissioned me for staff business headshots at their offices in Glasgow. Campbell Dallas has been a regular client of mine and I’ve been photographing their new staff since 2015. I was very much looking forward to another session and meeting the new staff.
Business Headshots for Campbell Dallas
Campbell Dallas is currently ranked as one of the Top Five Scottish Accountancy firms and employ over 300 staff members across Scotland. They are a very dynamic organization, growing fast since their formation in 1999.
Last week, I took my mobile studio into the Campbell Dallas Glasgow offices to update some of their staff business headshots. Its great working with such a large range of personalities and characters, as the firm takes a very democratic approach and commissions photos of the most senior partners right through to the support staff. Most of the time, all I’m given is the subject’s name, so it’s great not having any preconceived ideas about who’s who.
I try to have each person for around 10 minutes, so I can take a range of shots for them to choose their favourite. I also vary the lighting between shots to create slightly different moods. If I were to present a completely uniform set of pictures across all of the staff members, it would appear as a fairly featureless grid when they were displayed together. Varying the light in the background allows for the subject’s individuality to show through and allows for them to choose the look that goes best with their hair, skin tone and clothes.
What the subject wears makes a big difference to the overall look of the finished picture. I’m often asked by female staff members what to wear for the shoot. Ultimately, it’s not a fashion shoot, where the clothes are the star but they do make a difference. You are the star of this photo session, so your clothing should simply enhance your expression and features and not draw attention away from your face. Here are 6 Great Tips for Corporate Headshots to help make the most of your time in front of the camera!
Corporate Business Headshot Photos with Epic Scotland Photography
I try to keep the portraits as natural and true to the character and personality of the subject as possible. It’s important that the image presents an authentic portrait of the subject and I avoid any gimmicky techniques to draw unusual or eye-catching expressions form the sitter. My client’s customers or potential customers, when looking at the portrait on the website or in a brochure, has to get an immediate sense of the person that they may be working with and an authentic picture creates a much better connection.
If you’re interested in updating the headshot or portrait photos for your business, feel free to CONTACT ME so that we can discuss your next headshot photo session for you and your staff. And don’t forget, I don’t need a huge space to set up my mobile studio… the minimum is a 3 by 4 meter space with all of the furniture removed.