Actor and Performer Headshots | Recent Shoots and articles.

We love to feature the actors and performers that we have photographed headshots for. We also write articles, show behind the scenes images and descriptions and generally like to share information to make things a bit more interesting. Please scroll down through the images and links below to see some of our recent work and articles. 

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LinkedIn profile picture

Our LinkedIn Profile Picture Poll produced very interesting results!

LinkedIn poll re profile photos

As Headshot Photographers, our business portraits typically appear on company websites, company literature and of course as LinkedIn profile pictures. We wanted to find out how important LinkedIn profile pictures are and do people form opinions based on the photo alone. Who better to ask than recruiters. Whether they are an internal recruiter looking for their own company, or a consultant looking for a client, they are always actively networking and sourcing potential candidates often through LinkedIn itself.

We contacted Recruitment professionals and asked them three simple questions. This was a hidden ‘invite only’ poll that we proactively asked just recruiters to answer. We had 124 people answer the questions and they were really interested in what the results would be. We have to say the results surprised even us! If you are on LinkedIn and people are looking at your profile, this may make interesting reading!

These are the questions we asked:

“Do you search for candidates (job seekers) profiles on LinkedIn prior to contacting or meeting them?”

‘Do you form an opinion about a candidate based on their profile picture on LinkedIn?”

“Would you have second thoughts about a candidate that looks great on paper who has a bad headshot on LinkedIn?“

So why should we care about our LinkedIn profile picture?

Some of us take our LinkedIn profile picture more seriously than others. A quick scroll down any search will show you a big selection of professional shots mixed with holiday snaps. People are by their very nature curious. When preparing for a meeting with clients, new suppliers and potential employees we felt that lots of people did look up who they were meeting and consciously or unconsciously make judgements about them. But were we right?

The Results!!

Question 1 : “Do you search for candidates (job seekers) profiles on LinkedIn prior to contacting or meeting them?”

LinkedIn profile survey | Do you search for candidates details on LinkedIn?

93% of recruiters will look at your LinkedIn profile picture before contacting you!!

93% of recruiters say that they look you up online before they meet or even contact you! We knew it would be high but this is an extraordinary percentage! We will explore this more with later questions but that means that 93% of possible contacts are forming opinions based on what the see and read about you before they even speak with you! This poll was just amongst recruiters but our suspicion is that this is pretty much on par for any business contact. We all love to look up prospective contacts online first. Everyone is so accessible with LinkedIn and other social medias that it has become normal to check contacts out before meeting.

 


Question 2 : ‘Do you form an opinion about a candidate based on their profile picture on LinkedIn?”   

LinkedIn Survey | Do you form an opinion about a candidate based on their profile picture on LinkedIn?

Almost 70% of new contacts will judge you simply on your LinkedIn profile picture!!

68% of people you have never met are forming an opinion of you based on your LinkedIn profile picture alone! Good or bad, this is not something to be ignored. No matter what you do in your career or business, the fact that over 2/3rd of possible contacts are forming an opinion based simply on your photo needs to be considered when you are trying to make an impression.

 


Question 3 : “Would you have second thoughts about a candidate that looks great on paper who has a bad headshot on LinkedIn?“

LinkedIn Survey | Would you have second thoughts about a candidate that looks great on paper who has a bad headshot on LinkedIn?

69% of people may not contact you if they don’t like your LinkedIn profile!

Now this was a big surprise. We were shocked that 69% of people said yes or maybe to this question! That’s over two thirds of potential contacts on LinkedIn who may choose not to contact you purely down to your LinkedIn profile picture!

It may seem shallow but there are possibly so many opportunities that may not come to fruition just because your LinkedIn profile photo is not appealing. Of course you cannot please all the people all the time.  However the old saying that people buy from people is very true.  I am always shocked that contestants get a no on ‘Take me Out’ because they have stripy socks or love their mum! But its worth considering what decisions are being made based on our profile images.

 


LinkedIn typically wins when a name is searched for in Google!

Don’t think that your profile is not being looked at either. Something you may not be aware of, is that LinkedIn will generally win the race when a name search is conducted on Google. If you search for someone’s name (even when the company is added), LinkedIn will not only win against huge companies like Accenture and KPMG but they will also win against Facebook! Try it for yourself. Put your name and company into Google and LinkedIn will (normally) win. This means the first impression that many people have is your LinkedIn profile.

Google search always shows LinkedIn ahead of branded searches.

LinkedIn will typically win against a name and branded search in Google.

Who is LinkedIn?

Since LinkedIn was established in 2003, it has grown massively and is the ‘go to’ professional social platform for many industries. Recruitment professionals utilise LinkedIn massively for reaching out to possible candidates for jobs. In the UK, there are 21m members on LinkedIn. That’s about 1/3rd of the population! Worldwide, there are 500 million users and apparently, 40% of members use the service in a daily basis. Even with these stats, we are often surprised by the fact that companies and staff members opt to use personal photos for their profiles rather than the professional headshots that we or any other company may provide. There are many articles including our own on LinkedIn Profile Photo Mistakes but still, its very common to have a holiday snap or night out shot on a Linkedin profile picture.

We hope this has been interesting. We had a feeling that the results would be interesting and the feedback we had from the recruiters was that they were very intrigued to see the results. However, we never expected such an overwhelming bias towards being judged on the LinkedIn profile picture alone!

If you have any questions about this article or would like to use the data in your own site or publication, feel free to call us on 020 7523 5325 / 01275 568 669 or email hello@lumosia.co.uk

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

Headshots in Black and White

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

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.

 

Headshot Photography – Preparing for your session

Preparing for a headshot photography session. Tips and helpHeadshot Photography – Preparing for your session

In the era of LinkedIn, Twitter and other online and offline platforms, having a great headshot to make a first impression is essential.

Preparing for your headshot shoot will not only make the whole process much less stressful but the resulting images will look that much better!

Here are some tips to help you prepare for your photo shoot.

What to wear for your headshot shoot

Clothing reflects you, your brand and personality so it’s worth spending some time choosing the right outfits(s) for your shoot. For the majority of headshots, it’s only your top half you need to worry about.

For most headshots, we would recommend avoiding too many distracting patterns, graphics, branded logos (Nike, etc) or super vibrant colours.

Wear what you feel represents you and you, your profession and your company. If you are unsure, bring a few changes of clothing. A classic white shirt or blouse is always a great starting point. Consider a formal and casual look for more variety.

Do remember to iron any clothing that you may wear for a shoot and have them hung up. We have had people arrive with bin bags full of clothes and wrinkles really don’t look good in a professional image!

Remember, if you are part of a larger group such as a company. It may be worth coordinating a look. This doesn’t have to be anymore complex that that the men all wear jackets and ties (or not).

What to wear for a headshot photography session

Hair and Make Up for Headshots

We can of course provide hair and make up for a headshot shoot but if you are taking care of everything yourself, here are a few pointers.

Make Up: Typically, make up for headshots is very natural and light. A headshot should be a true representation of who you are so usually best to keep it looking natural.

Hair and Facial Hair – Throughout a shoot, feel free to change your hair. Bring any accessories you like. If you have long hair, start with it down and then put it up throughout the shoot.

For men, if you want a look with and without stubble / beard, bring a shaving kit with you.

Check your eyebrows, nasal hair, etc to make sure you are happy.

Skin: Photoshop is a wonderful thing but spending a bit of time on your skin the day before a shoot will work wonders! Try to avoid alcohol the night before as well as salty and fried foods. Boring as it may seem, water really helps your skin to look great!  Don’t stress about a last-minute breakout – we can remove any unwanted blemishes (and even brighten your teeth) in the retouching process.

Should you wear accessories for headshot photography

Glasses: If you wear glasses on a daily basis, by all means wear them in the shoot. We can ensure that there are no reflections from our lights and you can of course have some shots without them on as well for variety.

Jewellery: For earrings, necklaces, etc. keep it simple so as not to be too distracting in the image. Of course you want your personality to come out but just keep in mind that the headshot is about you!

Business portrait taken outside the Houses of Parliment.

Nervous about your headshots photos?

In years of taking images, we have very rarely met someone that says they love to be photographed! The most common statement is that ‘I am not very photogenic!’ The truth is that everyone can be photographed well.

The best thing to do is to not over think it and let us help you to relax. A headshot shoot should be fun and we will guide you through the whole experience. Whether you are with us for 90 seconds or an hour, we will try our best to put you at ease! If you are really nervous, try a few deep breathes before the shoot and remember there is no pressure from us!

 

We hope this is helpful for you in preparing for a headshot shoot. If you have any specific questions, call us on 020 7523 5325 or 01275 568 669.

Headshot Photography Styles

Choosing the right headshot style to represent you

If you are looking for a new business headshot to represent you and your brand, its worth spending a little time choosing the right headshot photography styles for you and your brand. With headshots appearing on your own website and printed material as well as LinkedIn, Twitter and other social media, you want an image that will portray you and your brand in the best possible way. Of course there are millions of different styles of headshots. However, from the assignments that we have been commissioned for, the style tends to fall into a three distinct categories. Environmental, Abstract and Solid colour.

Environmental Headshots

Montage of environmental business headshots

 

Environmental headshots are becoming increasingly popular. Their fresh and modern feel is very welcoming in an age where our profiles appear throughout the web and printed media. Where your profile image is often the first impression a new contact has of you, environmental headshots have a very approachable feel.

Environmental business portraits are captured without the use of a studio background. We typically use your building, outside space or a key landmark to get fresh and vibrant headshots that convey your personality or corporate brand.  Whatever purpose you have for the images they have a natural and warm look and great impact. Environmental headshots can be for individuals or for teams and we come to a location thats convenient for you.

Working within your timeframe, we can capture a range of looks without moving very far and you can change outfits as much as you like if time allows. After our session, the images are placed on a gallery and the chosen images are edited and delivered by download very quickly.

Solid Background / Studio Headshots

 

Montage of business headshots with white, grey and natural background

With a clean background, studio look headshots are a versatile way of presenting yourself and your company. Whether the images are on your website, LinkedIn, Twitter or company documents, they provide a unified image across your company. For team or volume shoots, we bring the studio to you. This is a non intrusive set up that needs no more than a small meeting room size. For individuals, we have a number of options for the location of your shoot.

White is our most popular colour for studio look headshots. However we also shoot on black and grey or even your corporate colours if you like. With a unified look, studio headshots are great for businesses with a large number of staff or multiple locations who want to maintain the branding throughout all the team members images.

Abstract Background Business Headshots

Thankfully, abstract refers to the backgrounds that we use and not the style of headshots! We have a large variety of backgrounds that we can use for your headshots. Typically with warm tones, these business portraits a great portrait look with flattering lighting. We choose our abstract background incredibly carefully to give you a choice that will suit your brand and personality. Simple to erect in any location, abstract backgrounds like solid studio looks have the ability to be replicated throughout different locations and different times.This makes them great for companies with multiple offices or who want a consistent look for all new starters to the business.

Montage of Corporate Headshots with different abstract backgrounds

Whatever your style and personality, we work with you to create impactful business headshots that will represent you and your brand throughout web and print media. Working within your timeframe, we capture a range of images and you can change outfits as much as you like if time allows. After our session, the images are placed on a gallery and your chosen images are edited and delivered by download very quickly.

Whether you are looking for a fresh and unique look to your headshots or to match your current style, we can help you to create impactful business portraits. Call in London on 020 7523 5325 or Bristol on 01275 568 669 to discuss your corporate photography requirements.

Business Portraits

What is an environmental headshot?

In addition to many business portrait shoots where we use a solid background like white or black, we also photograph many companies with an environmental background. That is, we use the environment of where we are to create the background. As we use lenses with a shallow depth of field, anything beyond the person in focus become blurry. This bokeh effect can range from being somewhat out of focus through to unrecognisable features depending on the distance from the background and the size of the aperture used on the lens itself.

Business Portraits showing behind the scenes at a business portrait shoot

Business Portraits in the office or outdoors

An environmental headshot can create a warm and welcoming tone to the image. We can incorporate your offices interior design or architecture or work with your corporate colours

I had a headshot shoot with three management consultants recently. The plan was to meet in a hotel in Central London and to either shoot there or use the outside space. Of course being London, it was super dark, heavy grey skies and lots of rain. Not a problem as we believed we could use the hotel foyer. After a brief chat and lots of smiles with the concierge, we were politely told we could not shoot professional photography anywhere in the hotel.

London Headshots | Outdoors in the rain!

This is where 10 years as a photographer in all sorts of weather and environments from 40 degree heat in Dubai to snow in Wales comes in handy. After a 2 minute scout around the local roads, I found a great location. At least to my eyes it was. I found a short underpass with some trees and a cafe with tungsten lighting inside. I knew that the underpass would offer shelter from both the rain as well as ambient light around the people being photographed. I also knew the mixture of the trees along with the glass and steel of the cafe would make for an interesting background and the tungsten lights inside would add colour. As it was raining, I got the shoot done swiftly with both group and individual images for all three who had actually flown in from the Cayman Islands.

Despite being out in the rain, we captured a range of business portraits with a unique background

After the shoot, one of the men remarked about how I had spotted the space and he was surprised at how the images looked compared to the background when looking with the naked eye. I guess that I see the world slightly differently. I know that light and texture will create interesting backgrounds when out of focus in my lenses. From modern street scenes to derelict building, when out of focus, they can create unique and interesting backgrounds to business portraits and headshots.

I love finding a location for a client that suits their personalities and branding. They can be in the most unlikely of places!! Even within an office building itself, there are textures and light that will create unique backgrounds that can incorporate company colours without being too obvious.

Any environment looks different when photographed with a wide aperture lens

We recently worked with Romans International. They are a supplier of very high-end sports cars like Ferrari and McLaren. for their images, I wanted to get across the industry they were in without having the team leaning up against a supercar. Instead, I shot in the showroom itself and positioned people slightly away from the cars behind. With the car out of focus behind the subject, it gave a feeling for what the company did with more subtlety than being stood next to the latest Lamborghini.

Using the cars as a background, we conveyed the feel of the cars without being too obvious

Whatever the environment, inside or outdoors, there are always some great places to photograph interesting environmental headshots. If you would like to find out more, call Helen or Sean on 020 7523 5325 in London and 01275 568 669 in Bristol.

I love the colours of this bar which added a real warmth to Katy’s business portrait

Behind the Scenes Headshot Photography

Headshot Photography Behind the scenes

Many of our clients enter the room for a headshot with the similar look that they have when they go to the dentist! However it really can be quite fun. By showing you headshot photography behind the scenes we hope to show that it really isn’t anything to worry about.

We try to get to know you, understand what image you would like to portray, make you laugh and do whatever we can to make you feel good. We also show you images during the session so you can see how amazing you look (any alter anything you would like to improve). It is a very unusual environment for many people. However, the best feedback that we get is that people find they really enjoy the shoot. Whether its 30 seconds or two hours, we work hard to make a headshot shoot as enjoyable as possible. There is no “Smile for the camera” or pressure to over perform. Our aim is to create a confident and approachable business portrait. We work with you to create a relaxed atmosphere and approach to help you to relax and create a natural and unforced image.

Here is a recent headshot shoot that we had with Verity who was looking for a new business headshot. She wanted a new headshot as after 12 years with the same company as Operations Director she has just been made redundant and is now looking for a new role.  She kindly gave us permission to film her session to help other people see behind the scenes and know what to expect.

Here’s the video from her session

 

Headshot Photography Behind the scenes

 

Simply by not lighting the background turns it from white to grey. A simple but great way of creating more variety to a session

Headshot Photography - Business Portrait with a grey background

If you would like to know more about what headshot photography behind the scenes is like please call us on 020 7523 5325 and we will happily chat through any questions you may have.

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As a headshot photographer Bristol we really are very lucky with our locations. There are so many different backgrounds and environments that we can use. With amazing brickwork, archways, modern building and green spaces we really are spoilt for choice and enables us to create headshot photographs that will really help you stand out from the crowd.

We work with many clients in Bristol from large corporates through to small organisations and we love that there are always different textures and architecture to use the images. The range is so diverse both in terms of the colours, ambiance and lighting that we are constantly finding new locations to use. From the classically beautiful beautiful buildings around Queens Square and Clifton, to the amazing colours of the graffiti in Stokes Croft it really is such an amazingly diverse city. We just love it.

To demonstrate what we mean we have put together a few images taken in various locations around Bristol and included behind the scenes images so you can see where we were.

Location 1: Near Bristol Hippodrome, Collage Green and Park Street.

The person having his headshot photographed is Adeel who owns a local recruitment agency Softweb Resourcing who specialise in software and web recruitment.  He wanted images that made him appear confident and knowledgeable yet approachable and friendly. Both of the locations we photographed in were around the corner from his office.  The archway has the added bonus that we can photograph there even when it’s raining. The streets around here are brilliant to photograph in.  The road in the top left photo is just off Park Road. It’s really quiet around there and the texture of the walls and buildings behind look fantastic. The photo on the left is an archway just by Bristol Hippodrome and we love how the stone cobbles give the image a very dramatic look. As a professional photographer we often see environments in a completely different way to non photographers. For us it’s all about light and textures; not what’s actually in the images.

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Business Headshots near the Bristol Hippodrome

Location 2: The Square Club, Clifton

The Square Club is a private members club located in the heart of gorgeous Clifton. The colours in the bar are simply stunning and make a great headshot background. This time the person being photographed is Kate Lloyd who was launching her own coaching and training company Bright Coaching. She wanted some business headshots that were a little bit different, with a warm engaging feel which represented her brand. This location is also great because the lovely Berkeley Square is just outside which has lovely sandstone buildings and a green space in the middle.

Headshot Photography in Bristol

Headshot Photographer Bristol

 

Location 3: Queen Square, Central Bristol

Queen Square one of the most well known areas of Bristol with the beautiful surrounding buildings filled with law firms, recruitment agencies and other professional services organisations. As you can see, the buildings in the background go very blurry due to the amount of distance between the camera and them. If you would like to make the buildings more obvious (e.g. if one of them was your office) this is just a matter of us changing our settings.

Queen Square Bristol - Headshot Photographer

Bristol Headshot Photographers – Headshots in Queen Square

These are just a sample of some of the locations that we as headshot photographer Bristol love to use. We can of course photograph inside offices and use plain backgrounds if you prefer. There are lots more samples of our work in our headshot photography portfolio.

If you would be interested in having your headshot photographed please call us on 020 7523 5325 or fill in the form below and we will call you back.

LinkedIn Photo Mistakes

Six Biggest LinkedIn Profile Photo Mistakes

So you have an amazing profile on LinkedIn. You have added all your previous employers, your amazing skill set and lots of contact information. You are busy building your network with people you know and influencers in your chosen industry. However, the one thing letting you down is a killer headshot for your profile. Believe me, I know that no one likes to be photographed and many say they would rather root canal procedure than stand in front of a camera for 2 minutes. However, don’t let this allow you to fall into one of the many profile photo faux pars that we commonly see. 

I thought, what better way to demonstrate why these LinkedIn photos are bad, than to try them ourselves and show you the results. So here you go…

 

The selfie

The least favourite on our list is the ever popular selfie. We have all taken them (some more than others!!!) and while they are great for posting on the likes of Instagram and Facebook or a text home to show you made it to the top of Ben Nevis, they really don’t give an impression of professionalism. The arm in frame is of course a big giveaway but most don’t have a strong understanding of how light affects a portrait as well as how to stand and even where to look. Not to mention the Kardashian Pout which seems to go hand in hand. All this along with the fact that the focal length on a mobile phone widens the face, a selfie is not going to create an amazing impression when someone googles your name. 

The webcam

If you have ever switched on your webcam by mistake and you suddenly see yourself at your desk in a ‘relaxed’ position, you will know just how unflattering it can be. Webcams have a very wide focal length which widens the face (adds weight). Combined with the lighting which is normally terrible and the distracting background the end result is a very bad decision for your profile image. Yes it’s quick and convenient but not the image you want the world to judge you by. 

The holiday snap

It’s almost understandable why we would use our holiday snaps for our headshots. After all, after a week in the sun we feel much less stressed and have that summer glow about us. However, unless you are Judith Charmers, having a professional headshot taken at your favourite Greek taverna probably doesn’t represent you and your brand. 

 

The ex-partner 

We see so many LinkedIn profile photos where the partner is cropped out of the photo. There is often an arm or shoulder still in the image. Whenever I look at an image like this, I get distracted and wonder what the other person looks like or what kind of night out you had and not the fact that you are a key influencer in your industry! 

 

The invisible man (or woman) 

Above all, the biggest sin in the list of what not to have as your LinkedIn profile is not having a profile image at all!!! That silhouette means that there is no connection with you whatsoever. Viewers of your profile will have no indication whatsoever about you or your personality. They will be left to create their own idea of how you come across. Should you have a name that is shared with many other (think John Smith), searchers for you may not find you as they won’t be able to identify you from the others. So even if you go for one of the options above, just make sure that you have something on there. 

 

 

Practising what we preach!

Here is my actual LinkedIn photo. The lighting we use is flattering and using the correct focal length doesn’t distort the shape of my face. I am also dressed in what I wear for work. I hope that by looking at my image you get a feeling for who I am and my professionalism.

LinkedIn Profile Photo

 

If your LinkedIn photo is like any of the mistakes above and you would like it updated, it would be great to hear from you. You can either fill in the form below or contact myself or Helen on 020 7523 5325

Get in touch

We are always more than happy to have a chat about any professional headshots requirements you may have. So whether you would like a bespoke quotation, are unsure which service is best for you or what to wear for a headshot it would be great to hear from you. You can fill in the below form or call us on 020 7523 5325 

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Our Studio

As well as photographing at client's offices across the UK, we have a studio in London near to Greenwich where we photograph individuals or if your office isn't suitable. Please note, we are at the studio by appointment only as we are frequently at clients' offices.

The Fuel Tank 
8 - 12 Creekside
London
SE8 3DX

Telephone: 020 7523 5325

Deptford Station (DLR): 7 minute walk from the studio- 6 min direct train from London Bridge or Cannon Street

Greenwich Station (DLR): 8 minute walk from the studio - 14 mins on DLR from Canary Wharf