I’ve been having a blast photographing different companies’ headshots for their employees. Each company seems to end up with a unique look to their headshots, often due to the location or the background. For LUX Catering & Events we found a spot in downtown SLC that works great. We’ve photographed there a few times.
This most recent shoot was scheduled in the middle of winter. This year, snow has been pretty frequent. We picked a backup location in case there was snow. We had to shoot on this particular day since the employees were all scheduled. Up to the last minute the weather looked clear and then 15 minutes before the shoot, it started lightly snowing. By this time, we were committed to the location, but we went with it.
I think these photographs all look great. I’ve digitally added snow to photographs before, and in this case the snow is all natural.
The employees can in small waves. So we shot them all in about 30 minutes. There were one or two stragglers that we had to wait for, but we had an overhang nearby to wait while the snow continued.
And for headshots these days, I am shooting them horizontal so they crop easy to square. I have most people face directly to the camera, lean forward with the chin out and down a little for a nice jawline. Blamo! They look great.
Here is a behind the scenes view of our photo shoot. I have one light to make these photographs work. I took enough photographs of each employee to choose the photograph that looked the best and didn’t have that much snow in front of the face. There could be snow everywhere else, but not the face. We want to see the whole face, unobscured with snow. I did a little bit of Photoshop to remove a few snow flakes over the face. It’s amazing what can be done with one light.