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Portrait Photography | How Important is it for business?

Portrait Photography for business - Executive from London headshot

Portrait photography usually conjures up images of families running around the park being chased by a photographer. However, with online profiles on social media and company websites, professional portrait photography is a serious consideration for many companies large and small.

Portrait photography in business, used to be just for the board or C level staff whose business portraits were sent out with press releases and used in annual reports. However, with everyone now being incredibly accessible and your staff all being ambassadors for your brand, it’s more important than ever to have great portrait photography of your colleagues to use throughout online and offline mediums.

Portrait Photography | From CEO to the cleaner

From the CEO to the cleaner, everyone that has an online presence is in one way or another representing your brand. LinkedIn is incredibly well optimised for Google and typical searches for a name will often result in a LinkedIn profile (and photo) being one of the first results.

So, what should you consider if you do want to create great portrait photography for your business. We obviously deal with companies all the time to get great corporate photography and editorial images but as someone in an unrelated business, where do you even start??

What are the different types of Business Portrait Photography?

Portrait Photography of a business man

Classic headshot of a business executive shot from the chest upwards

What are headshots?

If you search Google for headshots, you will get a mix of reviews of a film, footage from a computer game and also a range of business and actor portraits. In photographic terms a headshot is a portrait that is taken from someones chest to the top of their head. Similar proportions to your passport image. It’s the image that you use on LinkedIn.

Headshots are traditionally shot on a solid colour background like white or grey as they are easy to replicate. Some companies still use school photo style mottled backgrounds and many are now using the office, building or outside space as the background.

What are environmental headshots or portraits

Environmental Portrait Photography

An environmental portrait uses its surroundings as a backdrop – this image uses a luxury car garage as the background

Environmental Headshots is the term for when the environment of where the image is taken is used as the background rather than a solid colour or mottled background. These business portraits tend to have a welcoming and friendlier feel to them. With professional lenses, the background has a blurred or ‘bokeh’ effect. This means that the focus is on the person in the image and the background is less distracting. The amount of blurriness depends on the maximum aperture of the lens. It’s very interesting to see the textures that appear which look very different to the naked eye.

What are Business Portraits?

Whereas headshots show a ‘head and shoulders’ image, business portraits have a much wider scope. The images can be full length and show people in a variety of situations. Business Portraits are often used in press releases and annual reports. Images can have eye contact with the camera or be a more candid approach showing the subject at work, in conversation, etc. Editorial is another phrase often used for this style of image.

Business Portrait Photography of an executive sitting on a chair

Business portraits can be headshots or full body images showing the environment.

How to choose the right style of portrait photography for your business.  

Portrait photography is simply another extension of your overall brand. Where you may have spent considerable time choosing your logo, corporate colours, fonts, etc to use throughout your business, choosing the right style or ‘look’ for your business portrait photography is just as important.

You of course know your brand better than anyone, but a good professional photographer will be able to show you sample images to fire up your imagination. They can also work with you to create portrait photography that will not only stand out and represent your brand your company across various platforms.

Business portrait of a female executive on a balcony in London

Business Portrait Photography can also be shot outside. When the UK weather lets us of course!

Should you book a Professional Photographer or use a smart phone?

As a professional portrait photographer, I will try to be unbiased for this section. For many instances, it not the camera but the understanding of light, posing and ability to deliver images with impact that is more important. Smart phones have amazing capabilities and with the likes of iPhones ‘Portrait’ mode which create a blurry background, many of the images are very usable. If you understand where to see good light (hint: it’s not facing the sun!), then you can get great naturally lit portraits.

The difference really comes in when you want to control the lighting, have a consistent look across your company and have pin sharp images that can be used in print. Professional portrait photographers will bring additional lighting that will ensure flattering and consistent images throughout your company in different locations or on different dates. I have personally photographed people for almost 12 years so it’s very intuitive for me to get portraits with great lighting and with minimal disruption for you and your team.

Have a try with your phone, for a simple headshot, stand inside your doorway ensuring the light is not too harsh. The large aperture of the doorway will create soft light that is great for a portrait.

Candid and Reportage images of a board meeting

Candid or Reportage Images are used both on websites and in brochures

Can’t we just use stock photography?

Stock photography prices have crashed over the last few years and there is actually some really good free stock websites that allow you to use corporate photography for no or very little charge. The images are often very clean-looking with very good-looking people running corporations from the nicest board rooms in the world.

Many companies do choose to use stock photography. It’s quick, cost-effective and looks great. Where it doesn’t quite work is in conveying your brand and skills of those in the organisation. For instance if you are a professional service based organisation looking to promote the skills and knowledge of your consultants, having stock photos that look nothing like the people who work for you, can cause confusion with your brand and give the organisation a less personal feel. There is a very true saying that people buy from people, so isn’t that something you should be maximising?

Business Portrait Photography

Where to use your business portrait photography?

So you have a great collection of headshots, editorial and candid business portraits. However, what do you do with them? Here is a great list of places to put your photos.

  • Profiles on your own website
  • LinkedIn Profile Picture (both small and header image)
  • Twitter Profile Picture (both small and header image)
  • Google My Business (They like lots of images both of people and products, buildings, etc)
  • Facebook Business Page
  • YouTube header
  • Annual Reports
  • Prospectus
  • Business Cards (great for remembering someone after a conference, networking meeting when you have lots of cards)
  • Brochures
  • Newsletters (both email and printed)
  • Online publishing (articles, ebooks, etc)
  • Bid Documents / Tender Documents

Should you have just headshots or also have full body images?

If you simply want an image of every staff member for a directory on your website or similar then a headshot is more than good enough. Where we tend to photograph beyond the headshot is for senior members of the team or solo professionals that are looking for a range of images to be used in marketing materials, board reports, websites, etc. If someone is the face of the business or in charge of a certain sector of the company, it may be worth getting a range of images that are on hand for whatever reason you need them.

Photography studio or client’s location?

Headshot photography studio set up in a boardroom.

If you have a number of people to be photographed, having the photographer come to you is a great idea.

If you are a company of any size, its best to have your portrait photography done in-house. We often shoot in the boardroom but I have been in the hallway, a stair well and the kitchen amongst other places. Having the portrait photographer come to you ensures that you and your colleagues will only spend the time of the shoot itself away from your desk, meetings, etc. With everyone’s diary forever changing, your photographer can work around everyone’s schedule and take the images as people become available. It’s not unusual for us to photograph someone in 30 seconds as they pass from one meeting to another.

Where a studio is useful is for getting a range of images and also some privacy from your colleagues! The studio can create a large range of images using backgrounds and the environment. With a permanent set up, the lighting can be more complex as can the styling of the images themselves. Many solo professionals opt to come to the studio to get a range of images used throughout their online and offline literature. In general, you will have more time with the photographer in a dedicated portrait photography session in the studio.

Should you include having group photos taken?

We work with a number of clients that in addition to single person headshots, opt to have group shots taken. Team shots can be included as part of any session and are simply classed as another finished image / person.

Portrait Photography for business - Group Image of a whole team

Group shots for business add to the friendly feel of your business

Portrait Photogrpahy for business from Lumosia in London and Bristol

If you would like to find out more about having some portrait photography images for you or your business please call Helen or myself on 020 7523 5325

Event Photographer London

As an event photographer London has some amazing party venues and we have been fortunate enough to photograph at some amazing places. This was the second event that I had captured at the Shard with this party being at the Shangri La Hotel on the 34th floor with amazing views over London at night time. We offer event photography not only in London but throughout he UK. Call on 020 7523 5325 to discuss your requirements.

 Event Photographer London | Party at the Shard

The event started with a drinks and canapés reception while all the guests arrived. The event was for Harry’s 30th birthday. Having got married in the Gherkin last year, the Shard seemed the next logical step for his and his wife Hollies’ next big party! The Champagne was certainly flowing as guests arrived.

Event Photographer London

Event Photographer London | Birthday Party

People enjoying an event photographed at the Shard in London

Speeches at this private event were very heartfelt and funny

Event Photographer at the Shard London

As the event moved into the main room with food, music and dancing, the event started with some family speeches followed by the most amazing acapella band who kept everyone entertained with various and often surprising cover versions.

Photographer at the Shard in London Events

Event Photographer London | Photos of the entertainment

Party Photographer at the Shard in London

Event Photographer London | Photos of the guests enjoying the evening

Shard Event Photography by Lumosia

Event Photographer London | Dancing until the early hours!!!

 

As you can see, the event really got going when the DJ took over and the dance floor was immediately full. It stayed that way all night with everyone enjoying themselves!

Event Photographer London | Book Us!

If you are looking for an event photographer London or across the UK, contact us on 020 7523 5325 or email hello@lumosia.co.uk We photograph events from small intimate parties through to national conferences and awards ceremonies.

FAQ Friday | Do you offer headshots in Black and White?

Corporate Headshots in Black and White

This week, I am answering a question that is often asked and that is if we can produce headshot photography in Black and White as well as colour. The simple answer is yes. In fact for every session we shoot, the final edited headshots are provided in both colour and B&W. I think its easy to tell by looking through our website that the preference here at Lumosia is for colour headshots although many of our clients use the Black and White versions.

Headshots for Actors in Black and White

Black and White Actor Headshots

Actors still use black and white images for their headshots as well as colour.

For many years, the only images that actors used for their headshots and for the likes of Spotlight (The largest actor directory), was a single black and white image. Some agents will still have a single ‘Spotlight Style’ image of their clients on their websites. However, with the ability to have multiple images online, the move in the last few years has not only been towards colour but to multiple headshots and images. The classic black and white headshot is however something that every actor and performer should have in their collection of personal branding images.

Corporate Headshots in Black and White

London Headshot Photography

Many of our larger corporate clients that are within the professional services sector such as law, finance, etc will also use images of their key personnel in black and white. This can offer a consistency not only throughout a country but internationally as well. Photographers work in colour will differ in what is called white balance meaning the images may appear to have a warmer or cooler tone depending on the preference of the photographers style. Converting images to a true black and white (not greyscale which is very flat in its tonality) can produce images that match very well when displayed on a website, internal and external literature, etc.

All headshots are available in both colour and B&W

Colour and Black & White versions of an actors headshot

All the headshots we produce are photographed in colour in a RAW format. This gives us the flexibility to create black and white as well as colour images for you to use wherever you like. Even if you purely want black and white images, you have the option of taking the colour as well.

Environmental Corporate headshot in Black & White

If you are looking for new headshots in colour or black & white, call Helen in Bristol on 01275 568 669 or Sean in London on 020 7523 5325. You can also email us at hello@lumosia.co.uk

Actor Headshots London | Young Actor

Great headshot session with Niamh

I love working with young talent. The headshot sessions for child and young actors are fast-moving, energetic and always full of surprises. So many young actors have zero fear of the camera and can be so confident which comes through the lens so well. Niamh has an amazing look and can be cast from sweet young girl through to a much tougher streetwise character that I certainly wouldn’t mess with!

Actor headshots at home and on location

This session was actually in her home and we mixed an environmental look with some studio backgrounds to increase the range of final images that she can use on Mandy, Spotlight, etc. She was great fun to shoot and think she has an amazing future!

Child Actor Headshots from Lumosia in London

We specialise in photographing actor headshots in both London and Bristol for both young actors and adults. We shoot on location or in the studio and offer a wide range of looks to suit your personality and casting type. If you are looking for a new portfolio of headshots or a simple update for a new look, we can help. Call London on 020 7523 5325 and Bristol on 01275 568 669. To see more of our recent actor headshot shoots, click on one of the images below.

Headshot Photography | Locations

FAQ Friday | Where do we photograph headshots

In a new and hopefully regular series, we will answer the most frequently asked questions that we are asked by both corporate and actor headshot clients. This week, we will cover the locations where we photograph headshots. We offer a national headshot photography service with the majority of our shoots taking place in London and Bristol.

In this article, we will cover the numerous options for where to have headshots taken. For the majority (apart from in an office) the locations suit both corporate and actor clients.
We are fortunate enough to photograph headshots and portraits throughout the UK. From classic solid colour backgrounds through to complexly lit editorial images, we have shot throughout the UK and even as far as Dubai!!

On Location (Corporate and Actor Headshots)

Headshot Photography on Location

The UK weather is not always our friend but we do often hold at least part of the shoot outside. There is often a background or light that we can use to create headshots and portraits with a unique look. As we photograph with a shallow depth of field (blurry background) the images won’t look like holiday snaps either but with unique backgrounds. After years of taking images outside, we tend to see things a little differently and its amazing what backgrounds that we use as we know they will look different when blurred out.

On site at a client’s office (Corporate Headshots)

Headshot Photography that comes to you

Whether we are photographing just one person or an entire team, shooting on location at your offices can often be the most efficient method to choose. The key benefits are that you or your colleagues do not have to leave the office. The majority of the companies that we visit, it can be a challenge getting everyone’s diary to sync. If we are on site then we can simply photograph people as and when they are available. Often between meetings or calls, we manage a few minutes to capture someone’s headshots.
We often incorporate the surroundings into the images and with many companies choosing offices that match their brand, having the environment in the image (albeit blurred in the background) can strengthen the branding subtlety through the images. Plus, if you are needed your colleagues can still get hold of you.

In a clients home (Corporate and Actor Headshots)

Executive Portraits at home

We work with a large amount of individuals that are looking for new headshots for their personal brand. Some corporate clients may work for large organisations or are solopreneurs working in a huge range of sectors. Of course actors and performers are solopreneurs in their own right managing their career and brand to forward their career. With many working from home, we have found that its very convenient that we can have a photographer come to them for their headshots. There is enough to manage throughout the day without having to travel miles to have your headshots taken. We bring the studio with us and can get a great range of images that can either incorporate the environment or have a studio background  feel.

At Regus offices throughout the UK (Corporate and Actor Headshots)

Headshot Photography at Regus Offices in London

Many of our clients are solo professionals or part of a remote team. We thankfully have access to many of the hundreds of Regus offices throughout the UK. These are ideal for installing a pop up studio and getting a great professional headshot close to your workplace. They often have great space where we can also shoot environmental images which can look like your own office.

At an event (Corporate and Actor Headshots)

Event Headshot Photography

We have attended many events where we offer headshot photography either throughout the day or between conferences. From networking breakfasts to sales kick offs to specialist shows, we set up in a convenient place and shoot throughout the day. This can be really useful when you have large teams that don’t get together very often where we can capture everyone with a unified look. For industry shows both for corporate and performers, we can offer cost-effective headshot photography throughout the day.

Our Studio (Corporate and Actor Headshots)

Headshot Photography studio in Greenwich London

Our own dedicated headshot studio is in the process of being built. This amazing space will now be ready at the beginning of July with us moving on straight away. The studio will allow the ability to get a wider range of looks in any shoot. We will also offer early morning and evening shoots for those that are busy during the day. We will of course still photograph on location but this offers an additional option for those without an office.
For more articles, click on one of the images below. If you are looking for new headshots, call us in London on 020 7523 5325 or Bristol on 01275 568 669.

 

Actors Headshots Bristol | Isobel Moon

A couple of weeks ago, we had a great actors headshot session with Isobel. she is not only a real talent but a lovely person. From the moment she came into the shoot, there was a great atmosphere. Isobel is very diverse diverse. In addition to being an actress, she is also a dancer and a gymnast. Now with acting being her key focus, she has studied with The Bristol Old Vic Young Company and Theatre Train. From spending a short time with her on this shoot, we know she has a great career ahead of her!

Actor Headshot shoot with multiple looks

Isobel was with us for about 90 minutes which gave plenty of time for different looks and changes of clothes. Below is a selection from her shoot. She may look serious in these images but we laughed for the whole session.

Here is Isobels Spotlink info: https://www.spotlight.com/2610-1202-1499

Headshot for Bristol ActrorThree headshots for actor in BristolDramatic actor headshotTwo headshots of an actressActor headshot photographyActor on a white background

If you are an actor or performer in London or Bristol and looking for new headshots, call Helen or Sean on 020 7523 5325 (London) and 01275 568 669 (Bristol). To see some other recent actor headshot shoots, click one of the images below.

 

Headshot Photography Canary Wharf

Not one day is the same in my world. As a headshot photographer for both corporate and performer clients, I meet such a wide variety of interesting people. Whether its for a very short period when we are photographing a large number of people in a day or for shoots like this one, I am fascinated by the people I meet. Mads is a senior manager at KPMG and is going to be featured in the Danish equivalent of the Financial Times. They needed a range of images from him for the magazine which will be out in April.

Canary Wharf is an amazing location for business headshots

Our ‘Pro Service’ (Click HERE for more information) was perfect for what he was after. I spent a couple of hours with him and got a wide range of images so he had a good selection to choose from. As Canary Wharf is private property, we did have to get a permit to photograph outside. All credit to Canary Wharf Group, they sorted that out really fast. Here is a selection of the images we created for Mads.

Business portrait in Canada Square Canary Wharf

The above is actually the last image we took from the shoot. It was freezing cold and very windy but we really wanted to get a dramatic image that incorporated the buildings of Canary Wharf.

Multiple images of a business executive headshots

From a more casual look to a classic headshot in a matter of seconds. Using the environment, we can create a wide range of business portraits in a short period of time. Although this shoot was for a couple of hours, we often don’t have that luxury because of diaries. We can still achieve a good range of headshots and portraits in less time.

Accountant business portraitsCorporate photography business portrait of a KPMG actuary

I wanted to incorporate KPMG’s branding into the image without being too obvious. The blue wall panel in ‘KPMG blue’ was the perfect background. That and the distinctive Canary Wharf buildings through the window added to the background of this dramatic portrait.

Behind the scenes headshot photogrpahy

A comment we often hear from clients is that their offices are not suitable for having headshots taken. I believe I see environments different to many people and knew the accent lights in the hallway would give an interesting and unique background for this headshot. We had to time the shots so the background wasn’t full of people of course.

Three business portraits from the same shootDramatic business portrait with Canary Wharf in the background

This is the view from the cafe on the 14th floor of KPMG. Its an amazing view. I love the architecture of Canary Wharf and lends itself to editorial style business portraits. We did have to clear a few tables but it was worth it for the shot!

Headshot photogrpahy for accountancy companies | Behind the scenes image

One more headshot from the cafe using the lights in the background as a unique background. Thankfully the cafe was quiet quiet.

If you are looking for classic headshots, a range of editorial business portraits or your whole team photographed, take a look at our headshot pricing by clicking HERE or call us on 020 7523 5325 in London or 01275 568 669 in Bristol

Business Portrait Photography

We recently spent a day with Zeus Capital at their offices on Old Burlington Street in London. It was one of those rare days when lots of the senior management were in one place so it was an ideal time to update their professional headshots. Using their spacious boardroom, they chose a white background so that we can easily reproduce the look in their Manchester and Birmingham offices and also when new people join the organisation.

Business Portrait Photography on Location

As always, we tried to fit in with everyone’s diary and managed to photograph the business portraits with minimal intrusion on their day. In the end, we took business portraits for 36 colleagues which will now be used not only for the website and LinkedIn profile images but in the prospectus that are sent out to new and existing clients. Here is a small selection of headshots from the day.

 

Collage of business portraits taken at Zeus Capital in London

If you are looking for business portraits for yourself or your team, call us in London on 020 7523 5325 or Bristol on 01275 568 669. Click on an image below to see some more recent corporate headshot shoots

Corporate Photography

Taylor Maxwell specialise in brick and facades. They sell and supply some of the countries most amazing buildings with bricks and masonry. They contacted us for new corporate photography headshots as the all the board members were having their quarterly meeting at the head office. It’s always tricky to get everyone in the one place at the one time so this was an ideal time! They wanted a unified set of headshots to be used on the company’s own website as well as corporate material and LinkedIn. It was purely by chance that we had just taken delivery of a brick background so it suited their brand perfectly. You can see from the behind the scenes image that they do actually have samples of the facades that they supply on the wall.

With very limited time between meetings, everyone had about a minute with me to get a range of images. We swiftly photographed everyone and left them to their working lunch. Here is a small selection from the 15 people that we photographed.

Board Member Corporate Photography

Corporate Photography Headshots in BristolHeadshot for a company CEOFemale Executive Headshots

Behind the Scenes image from this corporate photography shoot

Behind the scenes for headshot photography

If you would like to see some more of our recent corporate photography shoots, click one of the images below.

When photographing we always discuss the style of headshots that you would like and how you would like to be portrayed. If you have a style that you would like us to match or branding guidelines to follow just let us know. With any session we can combine a variety of headshots with editorial style images of your team, your working environment or your building. Basically, while we are with you we are happy to photograph whatever you need us to.

For more information on our corporate photography for either a team or an individual, call us on 020 7523 5325 or 01275 568669. You can email us direct on hello@lumosia.co.uk

 

Professional Photographer | British Skin Foundation

It was a very crisp winters day in Fitzroy Square in London when we met with Matthew & James of the British Skin Foundation. They are based in an amazing office which leads right out onto the square and gave so many opportunities for their new business portraits. James is going to be featured on a number of websites as the public face of the foundation.  For this they needed a professional photographer to capture not only a range of headshots but some editorial images as well.

professional photographer London - Image of Skin specialist in white coat

As a professional photographer there were so many choices as to where to photograph their portraits, we finally chose one of the main offices which had a great classical feel to it as well as great light. James is a keen photographer and took some behind the scenes images for his Instagram channel.

Professional Photographer - Matthew Patey - Director of British Skin Foundation

Once we had achieved a range of images indoors, we moved to the doorway and finally outside where the sun was just setting on the square. We spent a few minutes getting some editorial style images that they can use across various platforms.

Professional Photographer | James Stalley British Skin Foundation

Professional Photographer

Professional Photographer | Two professional Business Portraits of two London based people

If you are looking for professional photographer for headshots or editorial photography for yourself or your team, contact us on 020 7523 5325 or email hello@lumosia.co.uk

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As well as photographing at client's offices across the UK, we have regional offices in Bristol and London where we photograph if your office isn't suitable. Please note, we are there by appointment only as we are frequently at clients' offices.

London Office

Lumosia Headshots Photography

Silverstream House

45 Fitzroy Street

London

W1T 6EB

Telephone: 020 7523 5325

Bristol Office

Lumosia Headshots Photography

1 Friary

Temple Quay

Bristol

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Telephone: 01275 568669