Corporate Headshot Photographer in Paris
Corporate headshot photographs look easy to produce but can is very hard to get just right! Our corporate headshot photographers will visit your Paris offices and ensure that the shots are properly framed, appropriately lit and uniformly presented if we are photographing more than one person.
Corporate headshots might serve multiple purposes. Therefore, they must be strong enough to be used in various circumstances. if needed, we can take the headshots against specified backdrops. Alternatively, we can use specialised software to extract the subject from the background and place it on another background and retouch any imperfections. This process sounds easy but it always needs an experienced retoucher to achieve an excellent result.
During the shooting, once the lighting and backgrounds are in place, our photographers can quickly take photographs of many people in a single photographic session. Many of our corporate clients use our headshots for their LinkedIn and other social media profiles. Our photographers are extremely experienced and good at putting clients at ease by giving the right directions, therefore achieving an excellent result in the minimum amount of time.
A studio in your office
Achieving clear, consistent staff headshots when taken in a client’s office and not in a photographic studio needs specialist portable equipment.
When on location, we will bring to the shoot our compact studio system; this allows us to get the best possible lighting. Leaving the photographer free to achieve required poses and expressions, so they look strong across a company’s team profile page.
For lighting the scene we use only high-end equipment (Aputure and Godox lights, diffusers, and softboxes), which can provide a uniform and soft light across the subject. From a single charge, the flash and strobe lights can fire hundreds of times in a long shoot but will remain remarkably consistent in terms of their colour and power output. It seems a small matter but it makes a major difference when displaying many different headshot photographs on the same page. The final result tends to flatter and please even the most camera-shy people!
And our last vital piece of kit is our humble pop-up backdrop and the green screen. When clients require a neutral background we use grey or white. We use our green screen to make it easier in postproduction to create cutout headshots when we need to replace the background after the photoshoot.
Corporate headshot photographer – 10 things to consider
- Check the size of the room where the headshot photography will take place
Hold the shoot in a large room if possible and without much furniture. This provides sufficient space for the headshot photographer to set up the lights and the backdrop for the photoshoot. Most offices have rooms with sufficient space for effective corporate headshots.
If possible, email photos of the room to the photographer before the photo shoot to assess the décor, lighting, and furniture. Ideally, consider making time for the photographer to visit the venue ahead of the photo shoot. This will save time on the day deciding on the best angles, siting of lighting equipment and backdrops.
- Decide on the backdrop colour for the headshots
If the photographs will be used against a plain colour in the future, then it is important to consider whether this will be white, grey or black. The headshot photographer will bring the correct coloured backdrop with them to the photo shoot. If a designer is working with the company on the website design they may have a view on the colour of the backdrop.
- Corporate headshot photography for international companies
Initially, your team should discuss with the photographer and select the backdrop. Then all photographers that will take headshots in offices across the world can discuss the colour and lighting. For international corporations, this ensures all headshot photographs have a branded look and feel. This will make them ideal for the company’s website and promotional materials.
- Scheduling the photography on the day
The time required for the photoshoot depends on the number of people to be photographed and their schedules. Please also remember that the photographer will need some time to prepare the equipment before the shooting begins. A good rule of thumb is to allow 10 minutes per person for a smooth corporate headshot photo shoot.
An agreed schedule circulated to everyone that will have their corporate headshots taken and to the photographer in advance will aid the smooth running of the day and maximise time efficiency.
- A makeup artist on the day
Would a makeup artist be useful on the day? A makeup artist can help straighten hair, clothing and ties as well as makeup as requested. Picturing-Life photography can arrange a suitable makeup artist for a corporate photo shoot if required.
- How many corporate headshot photographs do I need per person?
Some companies like a selection of many photographs of each person from which they can choose after the photoshoot. Other businesses ask only for one photo per person. So it’s up to you and depends on your specific use case. Of course, we can discuss this with you and find the best solution that fits your needs.
- Online gallery with the corporate headshots for an efficient selection process
Picturing-Life corporate photographers will give you access to a private online gallery with all the photos. This will save you time, allowing you to select the images that you like. Afterwards, you may circulate them to designers, the marketing department as well as colleagues photographed for their approval.
- What are the best formats for the final photographs?
All our corporate headshot photographers use top-of-the-line cameras as RAW files. After the end of the photo shoot, we hand-process these files using specialist photographic software. Then, we fine-tune the colour, contrast and all details before supplying the final files of the correct size for each project. The final images can be in either colour or black and white depending on the design.
- ‘cutting out’ corporate headshots to replace backgrounds
For quite a few companies the corporate headshots taken against a simple backdrop provide the basis of their final images. Our post-processing experts “cut out” the subject using a combination of Artificial intelligence tools and manual technics. Subsequently, they place the subjects on pre-approved backgrounds. This means that the staff can appear to be in the workplace even though they didn’t participate in the shooting.
- Resizing of final photographic files by corporate headshot photographer
Corporate headshots are required for many purposes. For example, they may be used for a company’s webpage but also on LinkedIn or Twitter accounts and pitch documents.
Once you provide our corporate headshot photographer with the required dimensions she will ensure that images are ready to upload or print. For PR we can supply directly to newspapers high-resolution / high-dpi jpeg files suitable for printing. The same applies to online private gallery links for designers and/or the press to use.