What are corporate or business style headshots? How are they taken? What are they used for, and how can you prepare for them?
Corporate, or "business" headshots are vertical portraits of someone used for business promotion. They are typically lit in a three-point fashion and the subject wears a suit or professional outfit. They are taken in a studio most often with either a flat white or black background.
The purpose of having a professional business portrait done is so that you have something great to use on a site such as LinkedIn or on the company website.
What makes a great business headshot?
Typically, a great business headshot has a combination of confidence and approachability. The point of it is to sell yourself as someone who knows what he or she is doing, while at the same time not coming off as too cocky or unapproachable.
The best way to prepare for it is to go into the session not trying to achieve a certain look. Remember that the photographer should always coach the best looks out of you. If as soon as the camera goes up to the photographers eye you put on a smile and pretend to look professional, the shot won't look good. It's all about spontaneity and not thinking about or trying to act for the camera.
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