However you'd like to present your team, I want to keep sessions relaxed and fun. Many people aren't particularly comfortable in front of the camera and so setting sitters at ease and involving them in their image choice is key. It's worth allowing enough time to allow each person scope to relax and experiment with a few portrait variants.
1. PORTABLE STUDIO FORMAL PORTRAITS
Probably the most commonly requested corporate portrait style for established businesses. These may be more formal but there's plenty of scope for warm expressions and friendly poses. Studio lighting is also easy to replicate on different days and if you have teams located in different regions or internationally.
2. Natural light Formal PORTRAITS
Ideal for airy offices and outdoor spaces. If you're looking for light continuity on different days or we're outside, we may be at the mercy of the weather but I'm happy to monitor the forecast and discuss with you. I'm always happy to take team shots during downtime at an event. Give me a heads up so I can make the best out of the available light and location.
3. Portable Studio CREATIVE Portraits
High energy or gentle comedy, fun staff portraits with a little twinkle in their eyes. Whether you're looking for rollover animation portraits or something that displays the individuality of your team members, this is an opportunity to push the envelope.
4. NATURAL LIGHT CREATIVE PORTRAITS
Ideal for Editorial and marketing your fun and friendly team. There are so many ways to go... Make your portrait session into a lively conversation with the camera? Lovely! Throw a picnic or sports day in the park for your team? Pets welcome! This is a popular approach for start ups and media savvy companies that want to display their energy and edge.
5. ACTORS' HEADSHOTS FOR SPOTLIGHT
A very specific portrait brief for casting directors and agents. Using 120 film, I combined Actors' headshots with my work as a film maker in my early days as a photographer.
6. MATCHING EXISTING PORTRAITS
Sometimes a challenge but I'm certainly up for it! I've often reverse engineered the work of other photographers to create something that will match your existing headshots. This is easy enough to do with studio lighting against a plain background but it's important to be realistic where ambient light and the portrait location aren't consistent.
Having delivered a proof selection, I use Lightroom and occasionally Photoshop to edit your final picks. Imaging software has come on leaps and bounds in recent years, particularly thanks to AI. However, each face needs individual attention and there's nothing automated about my approach to editing. People stop looking human if you rely too heavily on neural filters and airbrushing so I like to stop before it gets uncanny. I include up to 10 images edited per hour of portraiture. If you need more edits or advanced Photoshop work, I'd be glad to quote for the additional time.
While I don't offer a studio, I can hire a space in a location convenient for your team. You may also like me to recommend a makeup artist or hair stylist for your shoot. Alternatively, my studio lighting equipment is portable and so I usually come to your office or workspace if there's space. We'll need an area of at least 2.5x4m clear of furniture. If there's strong incandescent lighting in the area, we may need to isolate that so it doesn't interfere with the studio strobes.
Looking for a professional Portrait Photographer?
You'll either have an existing style you'd like to match or you'll be starting a blank canvas. Either way, let's arrange a chat to figure out how to achieve your ideal portraits. If you want to tag some ad hoc portraits on during an event I'm covering, give me as much notice as possible and I'll find a good spot.
For your dedicated portrait shoot, I'll need around half an hour to setup my lighting equipment if I'm using my portable studio. I'd recommend 5-10 minutes for a very basic shoot. Some sitters may need 10-20 minutes if they're a little nervous about having their picture taken.
Unless you'd like me to pick the best and edit them, I tend to give you a shortlist of unedited proof images so each sitter can pick their favourite(s). I'll then do colour and light smoothing on the final image selections with up to 10 standard edits per hour of photography.