Here’s a beautiful portrait of Sandra, a working mom with two young kids who needed an update for her Linkedin and corporate portrait. She purchased our beauty package with hair and makeup services to look her freshest (even though she is not one to wear make up on a day to day basis). What we see on camera is a lot more up close and personal than what we would see in day to day life. For that reason, even adding chapstick can completely change the feeling of a portrait! So don’t be afraid to go all out for your headshot, we keep everything nice and natural so that it still looks like you!
These days we are encouraging those who have purchased one of our packages that include 40 mins of shooting time and up, the option to change up the game from headshots to head & hand shots! When it comes to image making, we’ve learnt that the psychology of body language is a rather simple yet impactful area to study. Hands symbolize trust, so when we show them we are allowing the viewer to connect to your portrait seamlessly and instantly, just like how our contemporary culture likes it. When it comes to your business portrait, it all boils down to first instincts, so why not put on your best smile and give it a try?
Though it may seem like the safe and even boring choice, white is definitely one of the most flattering backgrounds for your portrait. Those with lighter hair tend to look best against it with a medium toned shirt and/or jacket. The grey thing about whites the flexibility with tweaking the colour balance to be more warm or cool depending on your purpose. Of course, if you’re not sure, simply kick back and let us take care of those details!
If you have a busy day, did you know we have evening “after work” hours for your convenience? Until 9pm everyday, we offer portrait photography services. Match the night mood with our navy background, which has the ability to appear bright or dull (pictured above) depending on your mood. While you’re at it, take load off, It’s your photoshoot—you can slouch if you want to!
Over the years we’ve noticed that people tend to be reserved in photos when it comes to smiling with your teeth. We often get people asking if it’s “ok” to smile with a closed mouth or not. The truth is brutal logic—it totally depends. The way you naturally smile is the way you need to smile for the photo (I myself am a proud closed out smiler). It’s not to say we aren’t as happy as the big grinners, but simply it’s what works with the anatomy of our face. This is the reason why you can have someone smiling with their teeth but have it look awkward and vice versa. In lament words, go with what you know and just be yourself!
Damian is starting his own boxing club and wanted a strong image that he could use for the posters and marketing content. He came up with the concept of an action shot while wearing his suit to make for a more emotionally charged photo, aiming at their demographic of the corporate 9-5ers. He put on a great performance making the coolest expressions and we love how the final result turned out! We are wishing you the best of luck with everything Damian!
When image making, since we’re primarily dealing with digital technology, you want to always think about how to maximize the humanity of the portrait. One way we can achieve that is by considering the body’s psychology. Hands symbolize trust, and it’s to your benefit, (even during that client meeting) to show them off! Studies show that people who talk with their hands come across as more convincing and trustworthy. What do you guys think about this twist on our classic business portrait?
Seasonally we notice a big shift in the background colours people select. These days we’ve been having people pick a lot of darker colours. Our reasoning? We’re all so aware of the fact it’s still in winter at this point, and psychologically it’s making our mood more sensitive to bright colours. Despite this very natural urge, don’t forget to still incorporate a bit of warmth in your photo, either by smiling your way through the season or wearing some purple or red in your outfit to balance out the mood. Here’s a great example of how to achieve just that while still remaining very cool and collected in your business portrait.