Doing an Editorial/Corporate Headshot
The original concept behind this shoot and tutorial was to show how to do a corporate headshot. After looking through some references we decided most corporate shots are stiff, and we wanted to add some more life.
Genuine, Natural Smiles
We wanted to add a touch of real to these headshots. Forced smiles at the camera can come off as stale and generic. Our staff here at Phlearn is full of life and we wanted to make sure these images portrayed that. We used a couple different techniques to pull real smiles out of everyone. We set up the camera on a tripod and used a pocket wizard to fire it remotely. This allowed the photographer (we all took turns) to interact with the subject, have a conversation and get some genuine reactions out of them.
Simple Settings, Strong Goals
We kept out lighting pretty simple, we wanted the subject to be the focus of the image, not the lighting. We kept the lighting to the front of the subject to avoid dramatic effect back lighting can have. It was important that the focus remained on the person and the expression.