Although most people these days wear solid colours, we applaud Zoe for bringing in this charming plaid print for her professional business portrait. The key when picking a coloured and patterned top is to keep everything low key, as in the colours shouldn’t contrast to each other much, as it becomes distracting. We want the first impression linked to the eyes, or in other words—to the painting and not the frame.
Full body for a business shoot?! It may be less frequently seen (especially if you’re not in the real estate market), but it’s definitely worth having as part of your business photo repertoire. Though the posing is a little trickier to nail, when all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed, the result is an effortlessly professional, and rather down to earth impression. We recommend booking our Portfolio/Branding Package to explore the full range of looks for no matter what the purpose!
If you’re the type of person with fair features and are itching to wear lighter colours on the day of your shoot, we always recommend going with our light grey background. The overall feeling is still very breathable and light, without going for the obvious “angelic” white backdrop option. It’s always key to mix up the tones you are using for a more effective portrait, and we love how dirty blonde highlights exemplify this tip perfectly.
One strange but great tip we have for women (sorry guys, I’ll get you next time!) is to wear a sleeveless dress for their headshot. It might sound a bit to scantily clad for a first impression of a professional as the temptation to look professional is derived typically from a tailored suit.
Rest your judgements to the side, as psychologically it has been proven that the sight of other human skin does make us feel good, and somehow more connected to one another. You get the perfect taste of humanity in your headshot since you don’t need to show the entire arm, but just enough. Test it out by imagining this photo with the shoulders covered and decide for yourself which is stronger!
Steven came in for our ever so popular Standard Package and had two outfit changes. We discussed beforehand that he wanted a classic look with a bit of a unique feeling. We loved how soft this micro polka dots dress shirt turned out against the light grey. Because he had dark hair and frames, working with lighter tones is a good way to balance the image.
I can’t tell you how many people ask us for a business portrait that “doesn’t look like a typical business portrait”. Similarly, these same people also have an adversity towards a white background, because in their mind, they are imagining bright white stock photo. Even though we can make our white super bright, this is what our white looks looks like by default. We believe off white is gentler on the eyes and won’t give people an outdated impression.
Whisk away with by adding a touch of wind to your portrait. Wind gives the portrait a looser more organic feeling, being that you let your hair go care free. Michelle came in with a vision for her maternity shoot and sought it through with our help, even though she was practically weeks away from delivery! She had planned for the whole shoot to be in Black & White—a great minimalist choice where she aimed for a strong silhouette based look.
Dale was from the States and was in town for a brief period of time only. Due to the flexibility of our packages, were able to fit him in for a 40 min session midday. He needed a headshot to submit for theatre gigs, so we thought white was the most diplomatic and clean slated. Let us help you get your best first impression, with our open hours from 9am-9pm, we can be sure to set up something up 7 days a week, morning or night!