Almost everyone can benefit from a professional corporate headshot. They can be used on corporate websites, intranets, email signatures, LinkedIn, Tinder, and a host of websites. Yes, headshots can be photographed in studio. The studio lighting is a great way to provide the best quality portrait. However, sometimes time and travel are factors and not everyone can travel to my studio space. What is one to do? Fortunately, I have a portable lighting kit and a long lens. These two things can help create a professional headshot anywhere any time.
I’m an unofficial photographer at my day job. I am not paid to be a photographer but my photography skills often come into play. I’ve photographed the cafe’s menu, company events, and some of the corporate headshots for scientists and executives. I usually don’t carry the lighting kit around but I do have my camera. With 24 hours notice though I can bring the lighting kit and make people look their best.
When I talk about shooting “on location” I am talking about photographing anywhere that is not in studio. On location could be a park, building, sidewalk, or other spots around the town or in nature. Even when working with portrait clients I ask what type of location suits their needs. For these portraits in Provo, we just used the building’s atrium as the background. They had a grey wall that was perfect for a neutral background and there were also some stairs that created a textured pattern that worked as an alternative background. We just had to rotate about 45 degrees to get a different look entirely.
For these portraits I use a long lens and shoot wide open… in non-technical terms I am creating a blurry background so the subject is in focus and is the only focus of the portrait.
We shoot as many photos as we need and then I pick the one or two photographs that will be retouched in Photoshop. I focus on the skin, hair, and eyes. I make sure there is nothing distracting on the clothing or in the background.