I was brought in to photograph the corporate headshots for the employees at my day job. Locally, there are about 1500 employees (I think). The company wanted to encourage people to get an updated headshot for their security passes, website, intranet, and communications. There are people who haven’t updated their photo in 20 years; there may have been some changes. I won’t mention grey hair, but it happens.
The headshots were voluntary and we had them over four days at three different locations. Bringing the location to the employees makes it easier. They could get a quick photo on their lunch break or a regular break. There was some advertising leading up to the photo shoot. People could then step up their wardrobe choices. A reminder email was sent out to remind people.
A few people even brought different tie and clothing options. Most people were fine with one outfit. There is always the prima donnas though! I even had my headshot created.
Because theses photos were going to be used in security situations, we were not going to Photoshop or retouch the headshots. I brought my portable lighting kit which helps people look their best with great soft lighting. It takes care of retouching for you in some cases. Soft light helps fill in the experience lines, aka wrinkles, and makes them less noticeable.
It was also fun to see the different in facial hair, bow ties, clothing choices, and more. It’s a step in the right direction for diversity in Utah County. A small step.
For the background we photographed against a neutral background. This was a requirement of the company—solid background; no patterns or objects in the background allowed. We found some white or grey or a beige wall for the photo shoots. We put the booth near a high traffic area so people could see what was happening. Some people from HR were there to encourage participation by employees.
Afterwards the HR department emailed each person their photograph. Woo hoo!