A Complete Guide to Successful Corporate Headshot

A Complete Guide to Successful Corporate Headshot

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When it comes to having good corporate imagery and showing your prospective consumers or employer the best side of you, you have got to work on your corporate headshots. You must have heard it time and again that “the first impression is the last impression” and it couldn’t be truer.

Your first impression is what gets embedded into the minds of those you seek to work with and the impression stays on for a long time. And you definitely don’t want that impression to be anything else than positive. A good corporate photoshoot depends on factors that vary from your overall attire to hiring a good photographer.

Different Types of Corporate Headshots

When someone says corporate headshots, what comes to your mind? Is it a picture of your wearing a business suit with combed hair and positive smile. If yes, then you should know that it is one aspect of it. In reality, there can be variations to corporate photoshoots that can enhance the impact as well as fulfil the individual purpose of a professional. Here are two different types of photoshoots.

1. Professional Headshots

This kind of corporate headshot is rather common among professionals. It is about creating a positive image and showing more of a professional side of you. Such kinds of photoshoots are done in ambient lighting or inside a studio setup.

Professional headshots are frames in such a way that only the upper half section of the body is visible. For professional headshots, one must opt to wear formals depending on the occasion or purpose of your photoshoot.

When it comes to the usage of professional headshots, you can say there are many. From putting it up as your LinkedIn profile to adding it to your resume, professional headshots are pretty useful. Also, they can be used by companies to showcase their employees on their website.


2. Editorial Portraits/Headshots

Editorial Portraits, on the other hand, are a way of telling the story of the subject through pictures. This kind of photoshoot was previously used for photojournalism where a picture would help in telling the story of a person but now they are effectively used by the corporates.

In the corporate world, Editorial Portraits are taken at the place of work. It helps in telling exactly what a professional does. It tells their story without having to explain it with words. This might sound like a new concept but it’s definitely not. Instead, it is a unique approach towards a corporate headshot that passes as being acknowledged as professionals. One thing to know is that one doesn’t need to wear specific attire for this photoshoot. Just dressing up for the job you do can do just fine.

Main Focus for a Corporate Headshot

When it comes to corporate headshots, there are some key highlights that you can keep in mind to get better pictures. By this, we mean that you must know where to put your effort more so that your corporate headshot fulfils your purpose.

1. Focus on Hair

One can’t deny the fact that our hair looks fabulous when we are just sitting at home doing nothing and watching Netflix but while going for work or to meet someone, the hair just doesn’t cooperate. In the case of men, freshly cut hair can be a bit of a nuisance as they take time to set the way you want.

So, when you are going for a corporate headshot, make sure that you don’t cut your hair or dye them. Take time to adjust your hair using a quality wax.


2. Your Profile

Another main focus for your corporate headshot should be your profile. We all have that one side of our face that we loathe and then there’s the other that makes us feel confident. For some, it can be front, for some left and for many, the front profile. So, make sure that you tell that to the photographer beforehand so that he/she can capture your best profile.

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3. Your Apparels

The next most important part is the apparel that you wear. For a professional photoshoot, you have to check what you are wearing. 

If you find it hard to decide then you can start by writing down the purpose and then see the required clothing on the Internet. But there are some constants that can make your life easy.

If you are a man then you can wear a dark colour suit and avoid anything colourful to avoid looking like unprofessional. For women, it’s the same but you can add colors if you want but nothing too attention-grabbing.

Since you will be adding your headshot to your resume, you can also change pictures according to the office culture.

4. Right Posture

The next thing that you should put your focus on is the right posture. Bad posture can really reflect in your pictures, taking the positive vibe away. If you want to reflect positivity and confidence, make sure that you keep your posture right while taking the headshot.


Tips to Improve Corporate Headshots


If you want to get good headshots effortlessly then there are some tips that you can follow. These easy tips can make the entire process smooth and give you good results.

1. Smile More

To reflect more positivity and confidence in your pictures, you can give a little smile. And not just a little, but it can also be a big smile unless it doesn’t make you look creepy.

Smiling with or without teeth? Why don’t you decide?

Yes, teethe smile is as acceptable as a subtle smile in corporate headshots. So, go with whatever as long as it looks good in the picture.

2. Avoid Sweaty Picture

If you have clicked enough pictures in your life then you must have noticed that a camera flash can make your whole face shine and make it seem like it is sweaty even when it’s not. This happens when you have a little oil on your face and the photographer uses an external flashlight to illuminate your profile inside a studio set up.

To avoid that, you can wipe your face with a wet tissue and remove the excessive oil. For women, a concealer works the best.

3. If you wear Glasses

If you regularly wear glasses or wear them while working, you can keep a few things in mind to get good pictures. Firstly, decide whether you want to wear glasses or not, way before the photoshoot. This is crucial because once you decide not to wear them moments before the photoshoot, those red marks will appear very clearly on your nose.  

Also, if you do opt to wear them, make sure that you clean them properly because the dust and fingerprints on the lens can appear very clearly in the final picture.

4. Use the Mirror

Even though we spend a lot of time in front of the mirror before going for a photoshoot, but sometimes it can take a while for your turn. You may have to wait for long or you might not get a chance to look at yourself before the photoshoot. This is the reason why it is important to take a final look in the mirror, seconds before going for the photo shoot.


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If you are looking for hiring a photographer for corporate headshots for your business, employees or for your social media profile then you can contact Spyne at hello@spyne.ai or call our experts at 011-66104020.



Written By - Ramnish on 12 Feb, 2020