5 Things to Know about Hiring a Photographer for Corporate Headshots

Most of you know I adore engagement sessions, weddings, and senior portrait photography, but what you may not know is that most of the time I am a corporate headshot photographer, bringing my studio on location for groups of 10 or more.

I love getting to know so many different people and helping them get photos they love, even people who dislike being in front of the camera. My favorite part of corporate headshots is getting emails from people who say, “I’ve never liked photos of myself, but I love the headshot you took of me!” Or, “I really hate having my photo taken but you made it easy and fun.”

I can’t count the number of headshots I’ve done since I started shooting — probably over 1,500, and that’s conservatively! I am so grateful to all of the companies that have trusted me to take their employees’ photos, and who have allowed me to grow and become better over the years. I wouldn’t be doing this without their support!

I thought this would be a good time to share a few tips for companies who are considering hiring a photographer for employee photos:

  1. With more and more business being done electronically, allowing employees to use photos online personalizes the customer service experience. It also improves internal relations, since so many people communicate electronically with people in their company they’ve never met.
  2. Companies who pay for corporate headshots for their employees can ensure a more professional look, as opposed to asking employees provide their own snapshots from different sources and with different levels of quality.
  3. Utilizing the same background and lighting is an easy way to help maintain consistency in branding.
  4. Companies who pay for photos for their associates have a higher level of buy-in and participation from employees, who usually don’t want to cover the expense of professional headshots themselves. Many companies I work with now consider having up-to-date photos of their employees a cost of doing business in this day and age of visual communication.
  5. If you are considering a group shot for your team, ask your associates to wear a certain type of clothing so everyone compliments each other. I also tell people to remember that a group shot documents your group at a single moment in time, so you will want to periodically update these images as your team changes.

I’ll do another blog post shortly about how to dress for the best corporate headshot.

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