One of the first things a search engine is likely to return when you “Google” someone is going to be a profile shot from FaceBook, Twitter or Linked-in. Therefore the first impression many people will get of you is that one image. That funny photo of yourself enjoying a few beers may well be a great picture, but does it convey the right image? With the increasing use of social media and the internet as a way to communicate, the importance of a good profile shot is not to be underestimated.
At the beginning of April I ran a head and shoulders portrait shoot in one of Tesco’s offices. The brief was quite simple; produce high quality images for the team members that could be used on profile pages or the company structure chart.
The room I used was around 4M by 6M which gave plenty of space to set-up. For this shoot the lighting was relatively straight forward using just 2 studio flashes with 80cm softboxes. One of the advantages of shooting in modern office blocks are that the walls are often white, which removed the need to bring a back-drop and allowed me to bounce light around the subject which greatly simplified getting even lighting for flattering portraits. The set-up took less that 30 minutes to get ready, including trial shots and moving some furniture around, so I was able to “open for business” bang on time.
The shoot was a drop-in session with more than 20 people taking advantage of the opportunity. During the shoot I guided the models in how to stand and pose, and was able offer 3 slightly different poses for each person. Interestingly only one man came along, so I took the time to change the lighting to something a bit “stronger” to offer him something a little bit different which I subsequently turned into black and white.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the experience, and quickly overcame any camera-shyness.
If you’d like to book a similar event for your work place simply use the contact form.
Prints and other photographic gifts from these images can be ordered via my ProGallery (Here).
These images (only) can be downloaded as follows;
– Click on the image below to see a larger view (1024 X 768)
– Right mouse click on the enlarged image and select “Save image as”
N.B. These images and all images on this site are subject to copyright and remain the property of Andrew Hyde Photographer