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!
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.
Although we encourage people typically to show a bit of neckline for added “humanity”—Clara broke the rules in the best possible way all thanks to her masterful styling choices. A light shade for her blouse and a navy for her coat, match all too well against her tan skin, dark hair and medium toned background. The shades are very balanced, and therefore very pleasing, and therefore our eyes aren’t craving to sit anywhere in particular and everything just feels right. Had she not have worn the jacket however, a couple buttons undone would definitely be in order. Of course, leave the crazy clothing math to us, and do us a favour and bring us some options to play with!
We are studio guys, we know that, but we do like to plan field trips outside the studio as much as we can. One could say the challenge of shooting on location is the most fun part, but for us it’s simply the change of work environment that thrills us.
Why am I talking about travelling on location in such an *obvious* studio post? Because lo and behold, this shot was taken on location. Shot no more than 10 mins away in an office on the 37th floor of King St West, tucked away in the corner of a presentation room. We had a great wall of bright (but not blinding) sun acting as a huge soft box to light our subjects that day for a group of headshots.