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Mar 17, 2015 23:36 |  #513

I'd appreciate a little C&C on this set. Up until recently I've only really offered #1 as a style for business-type headshots.

The pretty-huge original size is there if you click through to Flickr.

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Mar 18, 2015 02:08 |  #514

nathancarter wrote in post #17479858 (external link)
I'd appreciate a little C&C on this set. Up until recently I've only really offered #1 as a style for business-type headshots.

The pretty-huge original size is there if you click through to Flickr.

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A few thoughts here.

First, and I know it's been subject to some debate here, but a headshot is a photo where the head dominates the image. Most of these are cropped too loose to be what corporations consider to be a headshot. That is not to say your clients might not like these crops, or that models, celebrities or high-dollar executives might not want something more creative and unique. But a corporate HR or marketing department generally has traditional views on what a headshot should look like.

The company I work for requires the head to be forward-facing, centered and approximately 2/3 of the image height, standard 4x5 vertical crop, with a white or light grey background. Pretty much standard passport photo requirements. This is because headshots are used for company ID badges, HR records and other identity systems, as well as on internal and, sometimes, external websites. I'm sure this will stir up another heated debate, but go to virtually any corporate website and look at the headshots they post of their board of directors. A few use head and torso portraits, and a few use non-traditional formats. But the ones that use headshots pretty uniformly use the traditional format I describe.

By all means you don't need to stick to the boring, traditional headshot recipe for all your samples, but at least some of the should show deference to a standard format if you're chasing corporate work.

The next problem, and please don't take this harshly, but none of these photos are attractive to me. The model looks unhappy and impatient, at best her smile seems plastic, and her head disproportionally small compared to her shoulders and torso. Her hair is good in some of the shots but in others it starts getting flat and finally ragged and oily looking in the B&W. This may well be the model's fault, but if this what you're putting out for marketing materials, potential customers are going to be justifiably fearful that their sessions won't turn out any better.

And do you really mean to imply that these are the only poses you do? It reminds me of my old studio days when we contract senior portraits, 4 sittings an hour, with fixed lighting and poses, at $10-25 per sitting. I'm not sure what your business model and pricing is for headshots, but I wouldn't limit myself to any specific poses. Instead, I'd work with each subject to produce a variety of poses and lighting (and crops) tailored to flatter the individual subject, addressing things such as broad or narrow shoulders, strong vs weak chin, double-chins, jowls, etc.

I suppose it boils down to what your business plan and pricing model dictates. But I'd be very cautious of limiting myself to a handful of poses and background options, and presenting anything less than my very best work, if I wanted to make a business of headshots.


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Mar 18, 2015 07:40 |  #515

Joey. Very nice.


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Mar 18, 2015 08:59 as a reply to  @ nathancarter's post |  #516

"one look one look" -zoolander looks like the zoolander calendar there are more than one way to pose for a head shot other than just changing the background like the other guy said they are cropped too loose with too much head room. plus there are lots of different way to change the lighting to get different feels


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Mar 18, 2015 09:06 |  #517

bumpintheroad wrote in post #17479967 (external link)
A few thoughts here.

Thanks for the feedback. I'll take it all into consideration.

My intent was to show off a variety of lighting/backdrop looks, as it's not uncommon for a potential client to ask "Do you have backdrops."

As far as cropping: Upon consideration, you're right. I should add at least one example of the super-simple, formulaic, ID-card-style face shot. But, I don't see that the face close-up is such a common standard: I punched in "business headshot" in Google Images (external link) and there's a huge mix of styles and crops, with the close-up that you describe not comprising the majority. It does seem that it's common to crop off the top of the head, which I find a little odd.

I'm having trouble finding any online samples of rank-and-file employees' headshots on corporate websites, though the examples that I find in the boards of directors seem to be an even mix of loose crops, tight crops, and almost-too-tight crops.
First hit in Google search (external link) Second hit in Google search (external link)

Thanks again for your thoughts.


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Mar 18, 2015 09:27 as a reply to  @ NASS Photo's post |  #518

Thank you;)


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Mar 18, 2015 09:36 as a reply to  @ JoeyBaccala's post |  #519


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3 different backdrops 3 different lighting and 1/2 body

also just because it comes up first in google doesnt mean thats the best example

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Mar 18, 2015 20:01 |  #520

I love it, love all those little hair, where she's looking(fit well with those little hairs IMHO), the way the hair "closed" her face, the color cast, Very nice job!


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Mar 18, 2015 20:29 as a reply to  @ Reservoir Dog's post |  #521

Thank you very much bro!!! I actually got some flack from a few people that the hair crossing the nose is distracting lol So I just removed it;)

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Mar 19, 2015 01:27 |  #522

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Mar 19, 2015 01:55 |  #523

nathancarter wrote in post #17480342 (external link)
Thanks for the feedback. I'll take it all into consideration.

My intent was to show off a variety of lighting/backdrop looks, as it's not uncommon for a potential client to ask "Do you have backdrops."

You can still show variety of backdrops while still mixing-up models and showing traditional vs non-traditional headshot compositions.

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I'm having trouble finding any online samples of rank-and-file employees' headshots on corporate websites, though the examples that I find in the boards of directors seem to be an even mix of loose crops, tight crops, and almost-too-tight crops.
First hit in Google search (external link) Second hit in Google search (external link)

Thanks again for your thoughts.

Here's some examples:

http://www.ge.com …ership/board-of-directors (external link)
http://www.ibm.com …e/board-of-directors.html (external link)
http://www.verizon.com …nvestors/board-directors/ (external link)
http://www.aig.com …irectors_3171_4​37859.html (external link)
http://www.goldmansach​s.com …rship/board-of-directors/ (external link)

You're not generally going to get access to all a company's employee photos because that's considered personally identifiable information with access restrictions. But members of the board of directors are considered public figures, so it's easier to find their photos.


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Mar 19, 2015 10:55 |  #524

nathancarter wrote in post #17480342 (external link)
Thanks for the feedback. I'll take it all into consideration.

My intent was to show off a variety of lighting/backdrop looks, as it's not uncommon for a potential client to ask "Do you have backdrops."

As far as cropping: Upon consideration, you're right. I should add at least one example of the super-simple, formulaic, ID-card-style face shot. But, I don't see that the face close-up is such a common standard: I punched in "business headshot" in Google Images (external link) and there's a huge mix of styles and crops, with the close-up that you describe not comprising the majority. It does seem that it's common to crop off the top of the head, which I find a little odd.

I'm having trouble finding any online samples of rank-and-file employees' headshots on corporate websites, though the examples that I find in the boards of directors seem to be an even mix of loose crops, tight crops, and almost-too-tight crops.
First hit in Google search (external link) Second hit in Google search (external link)

Thanks again for your thoughts.


I work in what is probably a faily typical large (>10,000 office workers) corporation.

our corporate directory is all tight headshots (as in 1" above head, 3" below chin crop type stuff).

The photos are 85px square in list mode, 135px in 'big' mode when looking at an individual profile. The size of the image necessitates a tight crop tbh.



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Mar 19, 2015 11:10 |  #525

I think this one is my favourite of the series so far. Her expression, pose, lighting... it's all perfect. What's creating that flare? It's a nice touch.


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