The BBC (London), The Times (London), The Financial Times (London), Fox Searchlight, Channel 10, SBS Television, UBS Bank, OMD, Knight Frank (London), Next Model Management (New York), Ford Models (New York), Opera Australia, Equifax, Genworth, Mace (UK), B&T Magazine, BRW Magazine, Vogue Magazine, Choice Magazine, Sydney Morning Herald, Random House Publishing, Shakespeare & Co (Paris).
Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts, Hugo Weaving, Julie Delpy, Baz Luhrmann, Darcey Bussell, John Laws, Dick Smith, Mark Bouris, Sandra Sully, George Negus, Erica Packer, Olivia Newton John, Billy Connolly, Maggie Tabberer, Germain Greer, Kieran Perkins, Susie O'Neill, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Prime Minister John Howard.
Why A Good Business Portrait Can Make All The Difference
When I create a business portrait for a client, I’m essentially setting out to humanise that person’s brand. The reason behind this is due to the fact that consumers no longer have the same sense of confidence they once had in big corporations, which has sparked the shift towards transparency. Because of this, having a portrait that conveys a sense of trust and likability is now paramount to anyone in business.
Given the power of social media and the fact that websites are the new shop fronts, the idea of investing in a well crafted business portrait is more important than ever before.
In business, first impressions count. As consumers, our attention spans have become shorter than ever before. It’s a well documented fact that we assess a person based on their looks within the space of a millie second. When you consider, for example your LinkedIn portrait is out there representing you twenty four seven it’s worth putting the effort in to create something that is truly representative of you and your values.
These are head & shoulder portraits used to enhance and personalise your company website, press releases or LinkedIn Profile. Your headshot photography session can be done in-studio or at your place of business. I use high-end studio lighting in order to give your headshots a more finished and professional look. Having the ability to control lighting to this extent allows for consistency in each headshot regardless of the weather or time of day. This is essential for companies with large numbers of staff. Company discounts are available based on a sliding scale.
A valuable tool in which to enhance your brand's identity with, these customised portraits offer more creativity than standard headshot photography. They are similar in quality to the editorial photography I shoot for glossy fashion magazines. Often commissioned for a specific publication or purpose in mind like a prospectus or an annual report. While they can be cropped at the head, business portraits are usually medium close ups or full length shots set in a working environment (for this reason they are sometimes referred to as environmental portraits). As they require a higher level of preproduction and creative input they are generally charged at a higher rate than corporate headshots. Please contact me by email to receive a quote for your Environmental Portrait.
Create customised marketing content with a range of collateral photography from group interactive set ups to architectural photography. Collateral Photography is booked by either a half or a full day. The licensing includes unlimited publicity usage which covers general marketing but excludes advertising which will need to be negotiated separately.
Annual Report Photography
Having well crafted editorial style images in your next annual report will not only captivate your readership but also provide a valuable background story to your business.
Turn Around Time
Proofs from your shoot are usually ready within 48 hours and can be easily viewed on-line. Hero shots are then selected from these proofs which then go on to be hand retouched. Retouching for small jobs usually takes 3 business days.
Advice For The Camera Shy
Most people having their portrait taken will understandably feel nervous. I can relate to this first hand because I used to work as a professional model. Being in front of the camera is a bit like acting. It's about projecting energy and confidence, even at times when you don't feel up to it. It’s a skill that you eventually get better at the more you do it.
As a photographer, creating the right environment and providing professional on-camera direction is an essential part of what I do. My best advice to new people is not to over think it. Just turn up, keep an open mind and have fun.
Many corporate photographers use automated software which saves time but can make a portrait appear unnatural and lose the identity of the subject. In order to maintain a natural finish I assess each portrait on an individual basis. All retouched files and supplied as A4 size jpegs at 300 dpi. Please inform me before your session if you require larger files sizes for things like A3 posters. As these files require more work additional fees may apply.
Basic hand retouching includes a light clean up for stray hairs, minor skin blemishes, the softening of minor wrinkles and iris enhancement.
Advanced hand touching includes cleaning up acne, more detailed facial blemishes, deep wrinkles, double chins, detailed hair, refining jaw lines, facial reshaping, clothing, sliming arms and legs, smile enhancement.
"The corporate world has changed dramatically in the last few years and businesses both large and small have had to adapt to this change. My aim is to provide my clients with a look that will enhance their brand and help them form a stronger connection to their client base".
Hair & Make Up
For men, it's important that you look fresh and healthy. Try to drink as much water as you can well before your shoot day and moisturise your skin. This will help your skin and eyes look clear and healthy. On the day I suggest you bring along your favourite hair product and some lip balm.
For women it's best to avoid heavy powder and foundation as it can flatten out your features. As a guide, you only need to wear as much make up as you would to a business lunch or meeting. Your skin should look clear and healthy so I highly recommend hydrating well beforehand.
Should you prefer to go with a professional hair & make up artist let me know in advance and I'll organise one for you for an additional fee.
Aside from choosing clothing that is industry appropriate, consider taking it up a notch and choosing an outfit that has an aspirational quality to it. I say aspirational because good corporate photography is n't about documenting reality, it's about crafting imagery that will inspire others to want to be associated with us. If you would like help in deciding what to wear I've provided a few industry tips below.
Darker colours will streamline your figure. Where possible avoid wearing large areas of white as this colour has a tendency to blow out and loose detail in certain lighting situations. Unless you're slim it's also best to avoid white clothing and horizontal stripes because it will make you look larger and draw attention to those particular areas. This reminds me of one of the first lessons I learnt while studying photography at university, lighter colours in a picture precede while darker colours retract.
For men, wear a jacket over your business shirt. I know in Australia men like to take a more informal approach when it comes to dressing, however a jacket will define your shoulders better and also create a very flattering 'V shape' from your face down to through your torso. Avoid wearing shirts with busy designs or loud patterns unless of course it's part of your work wear. This is because you want the person viewing your photo to be drawn to you, not your clothing. Neck ties are a personal choice but be aware that even in more traditional industries more men are opting for the more casual open collar look (think George Clooney).
For women with fair skin, be aware that strong colours like yellow and orange can wash out your skin tone. If you're worried that your arms are not as slim or toned as you'd like them to be consider wearing long sleeves or a jacket and avoid shouderless tops. Keep jewellery simple (think less is more). If you're unsure about a certain piece it's best to leave it out.
I'm available to both 'business to business' and 'business to consumer' clients. Please contact me by email with details of your up and coming project. All quotes are provided in writing (not over the phone). Headshot photography is charged on a per person basis. Collateral and Annual Report Photography is charged at a half day or full day rate. As a guide I've listed some popular options below.
|Headshots In-studio $390||Headshots On-site $490|
|Head and shoulder portrait at my studio. Single out fit||Head and shoulder portrait at your place of business using high-end studio lighting. Single out fit. Travel expenses not included|
|25 proof images edited for exposure, colour and contrast supplied as A4 size Jpegs 72 dpi||25 proof images edited for exposure, colour and contrast. Supplied as A4 size Jpegs 72 dpi|
|Additional people in succession $125 per person||Additional people in succession $125 per person|
|Perpetual image licensing for publicity||Perpetual image licensing for publicity|
Editorial Style Business Portraits
|Editorial Portrait In-studio $450||Editorial Portrait On-site $550|
|Editorial stlye portrait at my studio. Single outfit||Editorial style portrait at your place of business using high-end studio lighting set up. Single outfit. Travel expenses not included|
|30 proof images edited for exposure, colour and contrast supplied as A4 size Jpegs 72 dpi||30 proof images edited for exposure, colour and contrast. Supplied as A4 size Jpegs 72 dpi|
|Perpetual image licensing for publicity||Perpetual image licensing for publicity|
Watch the television interview. Kiren's advice to small business on portraits for social media.
Copyright & Usage
In most cases corporate headshots and collateral photography come with usage for publicity purposes across all mediums. This means that you're free to use the images for your company website, press releases or LinkedIn profile. If you wish to use these images for advertising, annual reports, merchandising, product endorsements or pass them on to a third party you will need to inform me beforehand so as we can negotiate an appropriate usage rate and digital file size.
It's important to note that in Australia, photographers automatically retain the intellectual property rights to their images. This is standard practice amongst most professional photographers world wide. On occasion, some images may be used as samples of the photographers work in a portfolio context. Images of you can not be used outside of this context, sold on to third parties or used in photo libraries without your written consent. You also have the option of buying the images outright. This is known as a 'buy out' and will need to be negotiated separately.