I work a lot with companies that need updated head shots for multiple people at a time. I love working with groups, because there is a positive energy that is present when I’m working with an office full of employees who not only are good at their jobs, but get along well. Everyone is in a good mood and everyone is there to support each other while I’m creating head shots.
The setup is the same setup that I do here in my studio when I create head shots: two lights for the background to blow it totally, completely, pure white, and one light up and over the subject. I like this style of lighting because it puts light directly, squarely on the face, and creates a shadow under the chin. To me, your face is the most important thing when making a head shot. Your face needs to be front and center and the largest thing in the composition. I want people to be able to just look directly into your eyes and get a good sense about you. Making the head shots black & white eliminates any color distraction and lets people concentrate directly on you - all the physical traits that make you who you are.
For this particular client, we also did some environmental portrait shots in their office. Certain members of the team wanted some shots of them sitting in front of a window.
Both of these sets of images were created on the same day. I love how the foliage in the background is soft and has a dappled pattern to it. It works very well with the black that the subjects are wearing. Looking straight at the camera to make an immediate connection, or looking off camera while they are chatting with co-workers, these are strong photographs that will look excellent on their new website.
Do YOU work for a company that is thinking about updated head shots? Got questions about how I lit these? Want to talk shop? Leave a comment below!