4 Tips for Taking Great Professional Shots!

After a good long break, I am back to work busily creating mood boards for a few exciting professional shoots I have coming up…including my own! 

I resolved this year to practice what I preach and refresh my own professional images once a quarter.  Sometimes I ask a friend to pull the trigger and I edit the shots myself, and at least once a year, I have committed to hiring a professional photographer to capture the really key images I’m looking for.

So for all of you occasional (like me) or full time do-it-yourselfers, I’ve compiled 4 easy tips that will take you beyond the obvious of good lighting, proper framing, appropriate wardrobe, and a HIGH quality camera to help level up your photography game!

Here they are:

Tip 1- Showcase YOU with your work!

Whether you work in a creative field or a corporate setting think about ways you can showcase either your work environment or your work itself somewhere in the frame with you.  It will create interest in your shot and give your viewers more insight into who you are and what you do.

After a good long break, I am back to work busily creating mood boards this week for a few exciting  professional shoots I have coming up…my own included!  I resolved this year to practice what I preach and refresh my own professional images once a quarter!

Beyond the obvious of using good lighting, proper framing, appropriate wardrobe, and a HIGH quality camera, I wanted to share a few super easy tips for all of your do-it-yourselfers that will help level up your professional photoshoots!

Tip 1- Showcase YOU with your work!

Whether you work in a creative field or a corporate setting think about ways you can showcase either your work environment or your work itself somewhere in the frame with you.  It will create interest in your shot and give your viewers more insight into who you are and what you do.

Tip 2-  Shoot on an Interesting Background, Not a Busy Background and Look What is in Your Shot!

Tip two is a caveat for tip one.  While professional photographers can get a little creative with where they place their subjects for headshots, unless you have experience in this area, it’s good to keep a close watch on what you’re capturing in your shot and keep it simple.   Make sure you’re not catching your living room couch or bathroom mirror in your shot, and if you’re taking a shot of you at your desk make sure your papers are tidy and your Starbucks cup is out of the frame!

TIP 3-When shooting a team, keep it clean!

If you’re taking headshots of a team, consider keeping a consistent look and feel, framing and format for each of the shots.  Shoot everyone on a similar background, but allow each person to be captured in their most flattering pose.  This will give you lots of versatility for future use of your headshots as well as create a more polished look for a team page on your website.

Tip 4-Tell your story.

Visual storytelling is what I love most about photography.  And telling stories through imagery has become a HUGE  trend across all business and in marketing.  With the right visuals, brand stories engage customers by enabling them to connected with you in your story and identify with your brand. In fact, your visual story is often the first thing potential customers relate to and what can separate you from your competition. Photos help you tell your story quickly with impact and emotion.

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