Speaker / Trainer Photo Shoot

We had a client come in recently who needed some specific looks for her national corporate training website. She needed images for her website showing her presenting and a regular head shot. We shot everything on a white background so the subject could be extracted easily by the graphics design person working on the clients web site. We’re only showing the white background images here, except for the head shot, because we don’t have the final composite images. At the clients request, we did include one of our digital composite backgrounds for the head shot because she liked our background options so much. The head shot was fairly simple, but the presentation images were a little challenging because you always want the subject to look natural and engaged, like they’re really presenting to an audience. So how do you achieve that in a studio setting? Well, we picked a topic with input from the client and had her talk to my assistant about it. It also helps when your client is a really polished presenter and already knows what to do with hands and facial expressions. 🙂 The hardest part is finding the right angle at which the subject looks the best and looks naturally engaged, so the images doesn’t look staged. We did have to try both sides of the camera and some different angles, but that’s the key to success, you use your skills and talent to set up the shot that you think will look the best and then you review, adjust and fine tune until it looks great! Fun shoot, the client really loved the images and I learned all about the Netflix documentary “Happy”. 🙂

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Military Portrait for Lt. Colonel

I had the privilege of creating a military portrait for a Lt. Colonel in the US Army recently. This portrait will be posted at all of the command centers that he’s in charge of, so we wanted to get this right and make him look good.

We discussed the appropriate expression, stance, etc, as I normally do with clients, before setting up for the shot. The image was photographed on a standard studio background and then we extracted the subject and dropped in a digital background with the right colors and flag. A little extra work, but worthwhile to make sure his portrait looks good and represents him well at the command centers where the chain of command is displayed on the wall. Love the way the final image turned out and enjoyed having the opportunity to create a nice military portrait for one of our service members.

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Real Estate Business Head Shot

I recently had a former student from one of my photography classes contact me about creating a professional business head shot for her. She was finalizing her real estate agent training and needed a professional image to use for social media, real estate web sites, and for her business cards. We looked at the colors on the company card, talked about the look she wanted, and designed a head shot image with a modern hi key background that would work perfectly on her business card. I love working with clients to design just the right look to help them present a nice polished professional image to their target audience.

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Professional Business Head Shots

Great session yesterday in the studio with the Rich Commercial Realty team. We photographed hi key (brighter background) images to match some images already on their website and in keeping with the clean, crisp, modern look that looks and works great for real estate head shots. They were all thrilled with the look and results and I really enjoyed working with all of them. If you ever need buyers representation for commercial space, I highly recommend them! Michelle owns the company, is super personable and has been in business for well over two decades.

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Professional Business Head Shots

A recent session with Maria Copp of MPX First Data. She is a trusted colleague that I would highly recommend for credit card processing services. She is all about the relationship and adding value to her clients’ businesses. As we talked during the session, I quickly found out how little I know and how knowledgeable Maria is in her field. Great session, another satisfied client and a polished, updated professional image for Maria that will serve her well for the next few years!

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Professional Business Head Shots

A professional business head shot we photographed in studio recently for an IBMer that just got promoted and needed a new professional image to “look the part”. She’s using the image for LinkedIn as well as on her company profile, so there are many uses for professional head shots! If you don’t have one (especially for LinkedIn) or need to update your current image, give us a call. We have packages that fit every need and budget!

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Business portraits with a fashion flare

We had a gorgeous young lady come in recently who needed some professional business images and wanted the images with a little bit of a fashion look & feel to them, so what did we do? We broke out the large beauty dish (light modifier), changed to a fashion style lighting pattern, put up a nice high key background that was perfect for the occasion and outfit she had, threw in a flattering pose that worked well for the look she wanted, and there you have it – a gorgeous professional image with hint of fashion! (ok, well it’s not quite that simple) The client was super thrilled with the results. I love a creative challenge and being able to deliver exactly what a client wants when they have something specific in mind. It’s not the camera or the toys, it’s knowing how and when to use them. Love what I do!

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When is a good time to update your professional image?

Today I was photographing professional business head shots for a sales professional that works for a large company here in Raleigh. As we were discussing clothing options and the right expression for his image, he said he was already planning to come back in 6 months for an updated image. I was flattered but wasn’t sure why, so as we talked more he mentioned that he was planning to lose 40 lbs and get an updated image at that point.

Makes perfect sense. Any time you have a major change in appearance, you should consider updating your professional image that you use on on social media profiles such as LinkedIn as well as your business cards, website etc. Why? Good question, glad you asked. Regardless of whether you’re in a job search scenario, own your own business, or represent a company, chances are potential clients or employers will do a little research on you before deciding to do business with you or your company, or before deciding to interview you. What will they see? There is a very high probability they will see one or more of your social media profile images. So, what message will yours convey? What first impression will your image make for you? One sure way to create a bad first impression is to have a poor quality image or one that doesn’t represent how you currently look. Regarding the latter, when potential employers or clients meet you in person, and you don’t look like the image that represents you online, there is an immediate trust barrier that goes up, because in their mind, you misrepresented yourself. So if you’ve lost weight, had a significant hair style change, or any other changes affecting your appearance, you might want to consider updating you professional image.

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Professional Business Portrait for an Attorney

An image we created for a local attorney recently who works in down town Raleigh. His firm http://www.klisheldreth.com/ practices in the areas of estate planning, wills, trusts etc. Sharp knowledgeable attorney, if you have a need for those services, I would highly recommend his firm.

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Corporate Head Shots

Studio head shot for a business professional we photographed recently. A great expression that fit well with his personality. Just one of the many pieces of the puzzle that come together to make a great professional portrait.

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