London Cityscapes added to Corporate Headshots.

Post production work adding London cityscapes to studio headshots.

For years we shot these headshots on location in and around London and were open to whatever the weather would hold in store for us and the unfortunate client.

We now offer a service where we have a large collection of London cityscapes and we can drop them in behind your corporate headshot. This means we can eliminate the worry of the weather and dragging clients around London. We can shoot your headshot in our studio space or at your office. This adds the benefit of studio lighting and with clever balancing your headshot can look natural, professional and interesting.

Studio corporate headshot London Cityscapes

Studio corporate headshot London

 

Corporate headshot with St Pauls London Cityscapes

Background view over The City and St Pauls

 

Corporate headshot with London The Gherkin Cityscapes

Background view over The City

Background added with Photoshop make sure you blur the background image so it looks like it was shot on a long lens.

Careful to balance the light levels so the person appears to be in their office or boardroom with the background a little lighter.

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For years we shot these headshots on location in and around London and were open to whatever the weather would hold in store for us and the unfortunate client.

We now offer a service where we have a large collection of London cityscapes and we can drop them in behind your corporate headshot. This means we can eliminate the worry of the weather and dragging clients around London. We can shoot your headshot in our studio space or at your office. This adds the benefit of studio lighting and with clever balancing your headshot can look natural, professional and interesting.

Background added with Photoshop make sure you blur the background image so it looks like it was shot on a long lens.

Careful to balance the light levels so the person appears to be in their office or boardroom with the background a little lighter.

Origins of this process.

For many years we had been shooting the headshots with a London backdrop on site. Clients often wanted to be associated with where they worked and having the London cityscape behind their LinkedIn or company website photo was a perfect way to do this.

This was interesting work for our photographers but often we had to postpone or cancel the shoot due to bad weather which in London is very frequent. Our favoured area to shoot was looking back to the City from the view on the south of the Thames. This gave us a good background using St Pauls or The City skyline. This is a public area so no legal problems taking photos there but also this is a very popular area for tourism which made it sometimes unsettling for the sitter.

It was one commission in particular that gave us the need to add a London backdrop. This case was a guy who wanted to show he was in London but did not want the shot to look too touristy. He asked us to make the background very blurry ie out of focus which was something we often did but he insisted he wanted it very blurred. On looking at the results we thought that they were in fact too blurred and that the background was now not identified as London. We sent him the shots and he agreed and asked if we could resolve this for him. He was travelling abroad for a month and unable to reshoot but needed the headshot for his presentation.

We revisited the London location and shot the background less out of focus at the standard we would have originally planned.

I was now my job to lift the old headshot off the poor background and drop it onto the new one. For many years I had been doing this process in photoshop but normally from a studio shot on a white background but this was going to be harder as making the cut out look 100% natural was critical otherwise the whole process would be flawed. After spending many hours on youtube looking at different workflows I put a request on LinkedIn asking if any photographers had any suggestions. One of the guys I had work with for several shoots came up with a process we now still use and it allows you to feather the edge of the cut out which gives the headshot a near perfect clipping path.

Now when a commission comes in for a London headshot background we always suggest the cut out process. We have a large library of pre shot London cityscapes which we allow the client to choose from. We often blur these in photoshop to attain the perfect match with the headshot. This does take extra time per commission with the added post production but the benefits to the client are massive and at the end of the day its all about giving clients what they require.

Headshot with London cityscape background

This last image is a great example of the cut out process. Look at the hair and how it looks against the sky.

Benefits of Professional Executive Headshots

Great article by New York corporate photographer  Michael Benabib

Working with executive headshots.

LinkedIn is the most lucrative social platform for corporate business and client acquisition. Your LinkedIn profile pic is the first impression to inspire engagement from your target market. Therefore, it’s imperative your corporate headshots and LinkedIn profile pic best represents your business and experience level.

The best example for the perfect LinkedIn profile pic is the corporate headshot of LinkedIn VP of Marketing Solutions, Penry Price. As the photographer working with LinkedIn executives, I’d like to share the elements for a perfect corporate headshot. Here are 7 tips to achieve a high-ranking profile pic:

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1.    Hire a Professional.

Don’t squander your executive headshot image potential with a candid profile photo. Professionalism and individual value is perceived by the investment you are willing to invest in yourself; if you wouldn’t, why should anyone else? If you want to be perceived as an consummate professional, hire a professional.

2.    Arrive with an open mind.

Willingness to experiment is critical to any creative endeavor and yields optimal results. Therefore, be open to stepping outside your comfort zone. There’s a method to the madness for any seasoned headshot photographer to achieve the best results. Remember, it’s always in your best interest for the photographer to make you look outstanding. If you don’t look good, we don’t look good.

3.    Look straight into the camera.

A successful business profile photo communicates with the viewer. Connect with the camera to make a positive first impression. Don’t think about your facial expression, have fun.

4.    Dress for success.

It’s best to let your personal style shine through. However, If wardrobe selection becomes a daunting task, browse corporate headshots of prominent pros in your field for inspiration. Either way… keep it clean, pressed, and wrinkle-free.

5.    Company culture matters.

Similar to the LinkedIn profile photo we featured, shoot in a location that tells your story. Your executive headshots environment will provide a sense of company culture in its best light. However, a studio photoshoot session can be customized to put you in your best light.

6.    Have fun.

I enjoy getting to meet and work with different people. Our shoot is 50% photography and 50% getting to know each other. The camera captures the moment – we create an atmosphere that exudes confidence and comfort. Don’t stress the small stuff, Photoshop is everyone’s friend.

7.    Try different poses.

Commonly, corporate clients are surprised to discover their best angle was counter-intuitive and contrary to how they usually pose for the camera. Your photographer will guide you through different ways to position yourself for the camera. Also, review your photos during your photoshoot so you can see the variations, then go shoot more.

For samples of our London corporate photographers work.

If you want LinkedIn to work for you make sure you have a professional headshot that is up to the job.

Professional London studio corporate photography

A photo of you taken whilst at a pub/party/holiday/wedding, or one taken on your phone, does not present a professional image and will do more damage to your business profile than you may believe.

Facebook and Instagram photos won’t work as your professional profile pic, let’s be clear on that! Also, be careful not to have anything too cheesy, sultry or flirty. Make sure it’s also recent, if you have 30 years of experience and a picture taken just after university, then clients or employees will notice.

Remember first impressions count, so invest in having a professional corporate headshot taken.

Also you now have the ability to add a background photo so think carefully what to use and how it illustrates your business sector.

professional corporate headshots in London studio

See how we create our LinkedIn headshots.

 

Approachable & Professional Headshots.

Corporate headshots – The professional and approachable style

Corporate headshots. The professional and approachable style.

Corporate headshots. The professional and approachable style.

These headshots were taken for a client who wanted to look professional and approachable. This is a request we get frequently and it can be quite hard to pin down exactly the style the client is hoping to receive. We quoted on a shoot recently and sent over some sample headshots. When we asked if the samples meet with their requirements the client mentioned that they were really good but they were not what they were looking for as the men in the headshots had ties on. We now class the ‘professional & approachable’ style as smart relaxed headshots without a tie.

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