Business Portrait Photography Tips for the Perfect Corporate Headshot

Perfect Headshots for your business websites, print materials and professional and social media.

Corporate headshots can be intimidating, especially if you’re new to portrait photography. Here are some tips on how to take better business portraits that will help you get the perfect shot every time.

Lighting Basics

The key to getting a great business portrait is lighting. Natural light is best, but if you’re shooting indoors, you should use artificial lighting. If you have multiple lighting sources, try to blend them together by using soft boxes and umbrellas to create a soft, even light. When it comes to positioning the lights, make sure they are not too close and not too far away. You want the lights to be bright enough so that your subject’s face is illuminated but not overly exposed.

The Background Matters

When shooting corporate headshots, the background is just as important as the lighting. You want a background that won’t distract from your subject’s features and that will complement their clothing and hair color. A plain white wall or backdrop tends to work well for most corporate headshots but don’t be afraid to experiment with different colors and patterns. Just make sure whatever you choose isn’t too busy or distracting so it won’t take away from your subject’s face or pose.

Know Your Angles

Angles can make all the difference when it comes to portrait photography. For business portraits specifically, it’s best to shoot from an angle slightly above the eye level of your subject in order to emphasize their features and create a flattering image that captures their personality without being overly posed or stiff looking. You also want to ensure there are no harsh shadows on their faces or any other distracting elements in the frame of the photo; good composition is key! 

Headshot services for teams, going on location to office or to Studio.  Providing a consistent look and following brand standards.
Headshot services for teams, going on location to office or to Studio.  Providing a consistent look and following brand standards.

If done correctly, business portraits can really capture someone’s personality and professionalism in one image—which makes them invaluable for any company profile or website homepage! Following these tips will help ensure that your corporate headshots look professional, polished, and timeless every time—so don’t be afraid of taking on this project yourself! With practice and confidence in your skills as a photographer, anyone can take amazing business portraits with ease!
Mike Haller