Oh my, what a shoot and what a lady!!! Jen is both a presenter and actor and was very keen for some new headshots. It instantly felt like I had known her forever. She is such a force of energy and has so many stories! It’s no wonder that she is doing great things and now presenting for Sky TV.
Jen arrived with a suitcase of clothes and we chose a range of outfits that suited her look and the roles and jobs she was after. We went outside the headshot remit a bit at the end with the final shots with the light behind.
It was amazing to meet Jen. She has such a positive air about her. I cannot wait to have her back in the studio again.
Follow Jen on the links below and if you are looking for a headshot photographer, give Helen or I a call on 02075235325.
They are so many students who have just graduated suddenly getting their headshots sorted before chasing down those roles they have trained so hard for.
Forest is just completing his MA in Performance at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and now wants to raise his profile and find some interesting roles. I always ask what type of role interests actors and with Forest, he loves to play both comedy and the villain. I think this is a great combination and perfect for him.
We tailored the headshot shoot to create a classic Spotlight look which we always aim for but also to show the very light and very dark sides that he wants to play. After over 10 years photographing people, I still love the fact that subtle lighting changes can really alter the perception of someone in an image.
I hope you like Forest’s shoot. It was the first in our new larger headshot studio in Greenwich.
Follow Forest Morgan on the links below and if you are looking to update your headshots, give Helen or myself a call on 02075235325.
There is such a difference between photographing headshots for children versus adults. Often adults will come in and list everything they dislike about themselves. Kids are so different and will be full of confidence and ask questions and often be fearless. Especially when they have some experience in front of the camera. Luca and his brother have been working loads recently on adverts and music videos so he needed some new headshots.
He has a fantastic look and is certainly full of character. He left the shoot with me knowing a new song about nose picking that I could not get out of my head! When photographing headshots for children the most important thing is that they feel confident and relaxed. If that means me singing along to his song about nose picking that’s absolutely fine with me. If children are relaxed and enjoy the session the images will be so much better than if we have to bribe them or equivalent to behave.
He is represented by ModelMe Management and is doing so well in national TV adverts, music videos for artists such as Conor and Jack Maynard.
What a fun headshot shoot this was! Kate is a whirlwind of energy and humour. She arrived from Germany earlier this year to develop her career as an actress. With German / Russian heritage and her energy, we think there are so many options for her!
Kate wanted a selection of headshots to use across Spotlight, Mandy and her social media and we spent a couple of hours shooting outside and in my favourite location under a railway bridge. Being new to the UK, we gave her some advice on the best websites to list herself on and to start to develop her brand and get her face in front of as many casting professionals as possible.
If you are an actor, performer, child actor, etc. we would love to hear from you. Call Helen or Sean on 020 7523 5325 or email email@example.com
Phoebe was an absolute star to photograph headshots for. We met just two days before she goes off on tour of the Caribbean and Dubai via two months in Germany learning new routines. Phoebe is a super talented dancer that works on cruise ships throughout the world.
Headshots for actors, dancers and performers
She realised just before she left that she needed new headshots and thankfully we could fit her in. As the weather was amazing, we opted to photograph her headshots outside. We got a great range of different looks for her headshots that she can use for the next couple of years.
Since we moved into our dedicated headshot studio in Greenwich, we have only photographed a couple of actor as I have been photographing all over London. Sonera was the first actress that I shot in the studio and what a way to start! We started the shoot at 8.30 in the morning and got through so many looks. Sonera has not been acting that long but already has a number of credits to her name.
Headshots for Sonera Angel
Check out her Spotlight and IMDB profiles below to see what she has achieved in such a short period of time. Apparently she was unwell for her last headshots so this time wanted to get her personality across in some of the images. She can play very serious when she wants to but then has a big beaming smile! Apparently when she was younger, she was often mistaken for Emily Watson which I can still see.
Here is a small selection of images from Sonera’s Headshot shoot. To see more of my other shoots, click HERE to visit the blog.
Interested in casting Sonera? Here are some links:
Actors headshots are often shot in our studio as the weather is rarely great for shooting outdoors. Especially after the winter we have just had! It is great that we are now getting to photograph headshots using the outdoor environment. Thomas is a young actor that has just arrived in the UK from Australia and wanted to get a range of headshots for use on Spotlight, Mandy, etc that may help him with castings in the UK. He has had a range of acting roles in Australia including a part in the upcoming Aquaman!
For his environmental actor headshots, we chose a location that gave us a range of looks without having to travel too far. The dark brick wall background in some of the headshots is under railway bridge. We have photographed actors under many bridges over the years, The light is great and the texture adds something to the images. Plus if it rains, we can still shoot!
Thomas wanted a range of images that would be a true representation of who he is and as he plays a wide range of roles and characters, wanted to be a ‘blank canvas’ for anyone looking to cast him in a new role. Thomas is a lovely guy and we hope he does really well in his acting career now he is in the UK.
In addition to actors headshots, we also shot some full body images. Tom wanted to use one as his Facebook page banner as well as posting online.
Until relatively recently, all Actors Headshots were presented in Black and White. Spotlight was purely filled with monochrome portraits of actors. Now with the majority of actor headshots being online, we typically produce all our headshots in colour. We do however offer B&W versions of all of them as part of any package. Some purely prefer the look over a colour headshot. Although we love colour and choose locations, etc based around the colours and textures available, we love the B&W versions of these headshots.
If you are looking for some new Actors Headshots, please call us on 020 7523 5325 and we can talk you through all the options. We shoot at our studio near Greenwich in London as well as on location. Below is some more actor headshots shoots that you may like.
Our LinkedIn Profile Picture Poll produced very interesting results!
As Headshot Photographers, our business portraits typically appear on company websites, company literature and of course as LinkedIn profile pictures. We wanted to find out how important LinkedIn profile pictures are and do people form opinions based on the photo alone. Who better to ask than recruiters. Whether they are an internal recruiter looking for their own company, or a consultant looking for a client, they are always actively networking and sourcing potential candidates often through LinkedIn itself.
We contacted Recruitment professionals and asked them three simple questions. This was a hidden ‘invite only’ poll that we proactively asked just recruiters to answer. We had 124 people answer the questions and they were really interested in what the results would be. We have to say the results surprised even us! If you are on LinkedIn and people are looking at your profile, this may make interesting reading!
These are the questions we asked:
“Do you search for candidates (job seekers) profiles on LinkedIn prior to contacting or meeting them?”
‘Do you form an opinion about a candidate based on their profile picture on LinkedIn?”
“Would you have second thoughts about a candidate that looks great on paper who has a bad headshot on LinkedIn?“
So why should we care about our LinkedIn profile picture?
Some of us take our LinkedIn profile picture more seriously than others. A quick scroll down any search will show you a big selection of professional shots mixed with holiday snaps. People are by their very nature curious. When preparing for a meeting with clients, new suppliers and potential employees we felt that lots of people did look up who they were meeting and consciously or unconsciously make judgements about them. But were we right?
Question 1 : “Do you search for candidates (job seekers) profiles on LinkedIn prior to contacting or meeting them?”
93% of recruiters will look at your LinkedIn profile picture before contacting you!!
93% of recruiters say that they look you up online before they meet or even contact you! We knew it would be high but this is an extraordinary percentage! We will explore this more with later questions but that means that 93% of possible contacts are forming opinions based on what the see and read about you before they even speak with you! This poll was just amongst recruiters but our suspicion is that this is pretty much on par for any business contact. We all love to look up prospective contacts online first. Everyone is so accessible with LinkedIn and other social medias that it has become normal to check contacts out before meeting.
Question 2 : ‘Do you form an opinion about a candidate based on their profile picture on LinkedIn?”
Almost 70% of new contacts will judge you simply on your LinkedIn profile picture!!
68% of people you have never met are forming an opinion of you based on your LinkedIn profile picture alone! Good or bad, this is not something to be ignored. No matter what you do in your career or business, the fact that over 2/3rd of possible contacts are forming an opinion based simply on your photo needs to be considered when you are trying to make an impression.
Question 3 :“Would you have second thoughts about a candidate that looks great on paper who has a bad headshot on LinkedIn?“
69% of people may not contact you if they don’t like your LinkedIn profile!
Now this was a big surprise. We were shocked that 69% of people said yes or maybe to this question! That’s over two thirds of potential contacts on LinkedIn who may choose not to contact you purely down to your LinkedIn profile picture!
It may seem shallow but there are possibly so many opportunities that may not come to fruition just because your LinkedIn profile photo is not appealing. Of course you cannot please all the people all the time. However the old saying that people buy from people is very true. I am always shocked that contestants get a no on ‘Take me Out’ because they have stripy socks or love their mum! But its worth considering what decisions are being made based on our profile images.
LinkedIn typically wins when a name is searched for in Google!
Don’t think that your profile is not being looked at either. Something you may not be aware of, is that LinkedIn will generally win the race when a name search is conducted on Google. If you search for someone’s name (even when the company is added), LinkedIn will not only win against huge companies like Accenture and KPMG but they will also win against Facebook! Try it for yourself. Put your name and company into Google and LinkedIn will (normally) win. This means the first impression that many people have is your LinkedIn profile.
LinkedIn will typically win against a name and branded search in Google.
Who is LinkedIn?
Since LinkedIn was established in 2003, it has grown massively and is the ‘go to’ professional social platform for many industries. Recruitment professionals utilise LinkedIn massively for reaching out to possible candidates for jobs. In the UK, there are 21m members on LinkedIn. That’s about 1/3rd of the population! Worldwide, there are 500 million users and apparently, 40% of members use the service in a daily basis. Even with these stats, we are often surprised by the fact that companies and staff members opt to use personal photos for their profiles rather than the professional headshots that we or any other company may provide. There are many articles including our own on LinkedIn Profile Photo Mistakes but still, it’s very common to have a holiday snap or night out shot on a Linkedin profile picture.
We hope this has been interesting. We had a feeling that the results would be interesting and the feedback we had from the recruiters was that they were very intrigued to see the results. However, we never expected such an overwhelming bias towards being judged on the LinkedIn profile picture alone!
If you have any questions about this article or would like to use the data in your own site or publication, feel free to call us on 020 7523 5325 / 01275 568 669 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Its such great fun photographing Child Actor Headshots. It’s certainly always an adventure! Some love it and others we have to get the maximum amount of headshots in super quick time! Hope was amazing in front of the camera. She has a great personality and can change her look in a heartbeat! She is a super talented actor as well as a great ballerina!
Hopes actor headshots were actually photographed at home which may have helped her to relax. In between set ups, she could do what she wanted with no pressure. Having said that, I think she would have been more excited to come to our dedicated headshot photography studio which will now open at the end of June!
Child Actor Headshots and more….
We create child actor headshots in London and Bristol for a range of young performers. Not just actors but dancers, singers and even magic acts!! We create a non pressure atmosphere to help us get a great range of headshots that can be used for castings, on Spotlight and Mandy.
For more information about our child actor headshots, call Helen or Sean on 020 7523 5325 in London and 01275 568 669 in Bristol.
Portrait photography usually conjures up images of families running around the park being chased by a photographer. However, with online profiles on social media and company websites, professional portrait photography is a serious consideration for many companies large and small.
Portrait photography in business, used to be just for the board or C level staff whose business portraits were sent out with press releases and used in annual reports. However, with everyone now being incredibly accessible and your staff all being ambassadors for your brand, it’s more important than ever to have great portrait photography of your colleagues to use throughout online and offline mediums.
Portrait Photography | From CEO to the cleaner
From the CEO to the cleaner, everyone that has an online presence is in one way or another representing your brand. LinkedIn is incredibly well optimised for Google and typical searches for a name will often result in a LinkedIn profile (and photo) being one of the first results.
So, what should you consider if you do want to create great portrait photography for your business. We obviously deal with companies all the time to get great corporate photography and editorial images but as someone in an unrelated business, where do you even start??
What are the different types of Business Portrait Photography?
Classic headshot of a business executive shot from the chest upwards
What are headshots?
If you search Google for headshots, you will get a mix of reviews of a film, footage from a computer game and also a range of business and actor portraits. In photographic terms a headshot is a portrait that is taken from someones chest to the top of their head. Similar proportions to your passport image. It’s the image that you use on LinkedIn.
Headshots are traditionally shot on a solid colour background like white or grey as they are easy to replicate. Some companies still use school photo style mottled backgrounds and many are now using the office, building or outside space as the background.
An environmental portrait uses its surroundings as a backdrop – this image uses a luxury car garage as the background
Environmental Headshots is the term for when the environment of where the image is taken is used as the background rather than a solid colour or mottled background. These business portraits tend to have a welcoming and friendlier feel to them. With professional lenses, the background has a blurred or ‘bokeh’ effect. This means that the focus is on the person in the image and the background is less distracting. The amount of blurriness depends on the maximum aperture of the lens. It’s very interesting to see the textures that appear which look very different to the naked eye.
What are Business Portraits?
Whereas headshots show a ‘head and shoulders’ image, business portraits have a much wider scope. The images can be full length and show people in a variety of situations. Business Portraits are often used in press releases and annual reports. Images can have eye contact with the camera or be a more candid approach showing the subject at work, in conversation, etc. Editorial is another phrase often used for this style of image.
Business portraits can be headshots or full body images showing the environment.
How to choose the right style of portrait photography for your business.
Portrait photography is simply another extension of your overall brand. Where you may have spent considerable time choosing your logo, corporate colours, fonts, etc to use throughout your business, choosing the right style or ‘look’ for your business portrait photography is just as important.
You of course know your brand better than anyone, but a good professional photographer will be able to show you sample images to fire up your imagination. They can also work with you to create portrait photography that will not only stand out and represent your brand your company across various platforms.
Business Portrait Photography can also be shot outside. When the UK weather lets us of course!
As a professional portrait photographer, I will try to be unbiased for this section. For many instances, it not the camera but the understanding of light, posing and ability to deliver images with impact that is more important. Smart phones have amazing capabilities and with the likes of iPhones ‘Portrait’ mode which create a blurry background, many of the images are very usable. If you understand where to see good light (hint: it’s not facing the sun!), then you can get great naturally lit portraits.
The difference really comes in when you want to control the lighting, have a consistent look across your company and have pin sharp images that can be used in print. Professional portrait photographers will bring additional lighting that will ensure flattering and consistent images throughout your company in different locations or on different dates. I have personally photographed people for almost 12 years so it’s very intuitive for me to get portraits with great lighting and with minimal disruption for you and your team.
Have a try with your phone, for a simple headshot, stand inside your doorway ensuring the light is not too harsh. The large aperture of the doorway will create soft light that is great for a portrait.
Candid or Reportage Images are used both on websites and in brochures
Can’t we just use stock photography?
Stock photography prices have crashed over the last few years and there is actually some really good free stock websites that allow you to use corporate photography for no or very little charge. The images are often very clean-looking with very good-looking people running corporations from the nicest board rooms in the world.
Many companies do choose to use stock photography. It’s quick, cost-effective and looks great. Where it doesn’t quite work is in conveying your brand and skills of those in the organisation. For instance if you are a professional service based organisation looking to promote the skills and knowledge of your consultants, having stock photos that look nothing like the people who work for you, can cause confusion with your brand and give the organisation a less personal feel. There is a very true saying that people buy from people, so isn’t that something you should be maximising?
Where to use your business portrait photography?
So you have a great collection of headshots, editorial and candid business portraits. However, what do you do with them? Here is a great list of places to put your photos.
Profiles on your own website
LinkedIn Profile Picture (both small and header image)
Twitter Profile Picture (both small and header image)
Google My Business (They like lots of images both of people and products, buildings, etc)
Facebook Business Page
Business Cards (great for remembering someone after a conference, networking meeting when you have lots of cards)
Newsletters (both email and printed)
Online publishing (articles, ebooks, etc)
Bid Documents / Tender Documents
Should you have just headshots or also have full body images?
If you simply want an image of every staff member for a directory on your website or similar then a headshot is more than good enough. Where we tend to photograph beyond the headshot is for senior members of the team or solo professionals that are looking for a range of images to be used in marketing materials, board reports, websites, etc. If someone is the face of the business or in charge of a certain sector of the company, it may be worth getting a range of images that are on hand for whatever reason you need them.
Photography studio or client’s location?
If you have a number of people to be photographed, having the photographer come to you is a great idea.
If you are a company of any size, its best to have your portrait photography done in-house. We often shoot in the boardroom but I have been in the hallway, a stair well and the kitchen amongst other places. Having the portrait photographer come to you ensures that you and your colleagues will only spend the time of the shoot itself away from your desk, meetings, etc. With everyone’s diary forever changing, your photographer can work around everyone’s schedule and take the images as people become available. It’s not unusual for us to photograph someone in 30 seconds as they pass from one meeting to another.
Where a studio is useful is for getting a range of images and also some privacy from your colleagues! The studio can create a large range of images using backgrounds and the environment. With a permanent set up, the lighting can be more complex as can the styling of the images themselves. Many solo professionals opt to come to the studio to get a range of images used throughout their online and offline literature. In general, you will have more time with the photographer in a dedicated portrait photography session in the studio.
Should you include having group photos taken?
We work with a number of clients that in addition to single person headshots, opt to have group shots taken. Team shots can be included as part of any session and are simply classed as another finished image / person.
Group shots for business add to the friendly feel of your business
If you would like to find out more about having some portrait photography images for you or your business please call Helen or myself on 020 7523 5325
We are always more than happy to have a chat about any professional headshots requirements you may have. So whether you would like a bespoke quotation, are unsure which service is best for you or what to wear for a headshot it would be great to hear from you. You can fill in the below form or call us on 07810 004451
We would love to hear from you about what you are looking for from a headshot photographer. You can always call us to talk through any questions or how it all works.
Professional Headshots Studio
A105 The Fuel Tank 8 - 12 Creekside London SE8 3DX
Telephone: 07810 004451
Deptford Station (DLR): 7 minute walk from the studio- 6 min direct train from London Bridge or Cannon Street
Greenwich Station (DLR): 8 minute walk from the studio - 14 mins on DLR from Canary Wharf
In addition to our studio in London, we also photograph headshots in Bristol on Mondays. Our Bristol studio is in Portishead, about 20 minutes from the city centre.