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Headshots portfolio & client guide

Professional business & corporate headshots in London

As a London-based corporate headshot photographer I create fresh new portraits for businesses and entrepreneurs, suitable for use on social media, LinkedIn, company websites, press releases, etc. Whether you need fresh headshots for just a few of your team, or a few dozen, I can shoot in an environmental setting or on neutral backgrounds, whatever suits your brand identity. No need to travel to a studio – wherever you are, I can come to you.

Scroll down for my portfolio and a detailed guide to running the a successful business and corporate headshot session. Then get in touch for availability and a quote


A quick guide to booking the ideal business headshot session

Style

Decide the overall headshot style, such as background & pose

There’s so many different ways to shoot headshots depending on the tone you want to set and how you’re planning to use them. If you don’t already know what you want we’ll help you decide.

Some companies prefer their headshots on a plain background – we can use a plain wall at your location, or bring our own background in white or dark grey. Others prefer an ‘environmental’ background such as a scenic window view or an office – and we love this style as there’s much scope for creativity. We can also shoot outdoors, provided the weather suits.

 

Other style choices include: horizontal or vertical (horizontal is often a more flexible choice unless you need full length); formal or informal pose and attire; looking to camera or deliberately off-camera (like you’re talking to someone or laughing).

Then how many edited photos would you like per person? If it’s just for online profiles such as LinkedIn then one is usually enough but if you use portraits in a variety of ways across your website, emails, socials, etc then you might want a few variations to keep things fresh.

Scheduling

Give each person enough time to feel looked after.

Ideally we want 5-10 minutes per person, depending on the shoot. Pushing people through any faster creates a lot of compromises and potential issues later, so I don’t recommend it for publicly used images. I’ll also need 30-40 minutes to set up, 15 minutes to pack up, and breaks during longer sessions.

With ten minutes I’ve got time for a chat to put them at ease and find out their preferences. Then we’ll check how they look on camera, take a few shots, review them together, make a few changes and decide what works best, and shoot a few more before selecting their ‘keeper’. There’s no rush, no people waiting at the door checking their watch, and typically fewer complaints later over details we could have spotted with more time.

If you’re really pushed for time we can get it down to about five minutes per person, especially if everyone is well briefed and arrives ready to shoot as there’s less time to check makeup, adjust an outfit, etc. We’ll also have less time to review shots and re-shoot, and if there’s a lot of people to photograph then latecomers and delays have a much bigger knock-on effect on the rest of the shoot.

Generally I’d say that if the images need to represent your brand across multiple channels for years to come then taking the time to get them right now pays dividends. If it’s possible, taking a bit longer makes everyone feel looked after.

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Selecting images

Let each person select their own favourite image on the day.

Everyone has their own idea of how they look, so it’s important each person chooses their own favourite before they leave. When I get to spend up to ten minutes with someone there’s ample time to shoot some and look through them together on my tethered laptop screen. We’ll also have a chance to quickly re-shoot if they spot something they don’t like in the first batch.

If the final choice is left to me I might choose something I think looks great but they hate, and the difference between a keeper and a reject can be as personal as a slight tilt of the head. And if I get it wrong it may cost you a bit more to replace with an alternative later.

Some clients ask if I can upload everything unedited so the staff can choose their favourite online later. That’s possible, but as standard everyone will be able to see everyone else’s full session, which may understandably make some people feel even more self-conscious so do bear that in mind. Making each person’s gallery private is possible but time-consuming so it’s available as a paid extra.

Finally, if anyone changes their mind about their favourite after delivery it’s usually fine to request a replacement within four weeks, charged per image. However, after four weeks rejected photos are usually deleted.

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Delivery

Every selected image is edited & delivered to meet your needs.

It’s highly recommended to decide the image format you need before the session, in case it affects how I shoot on the day, or the editing & delivery element of the quote.

For example, do you prefer horizontal or vertical, colour or B&W? Some clients like to have a ‘sensible’ one and a ‘fun’ one for their website (here’s an example). Others want a choice of ‘jacket and tie’ and ‘no jacket or tie’.

Whatever you want is fine by me but I recommend finalising everything first so we can factor it into our planning and the initial estimate of costs.

Editing each unique image takes about 3-5 minutes on average. After balancing the exposure and white balance across the full set I’ll look at each image individually to gently correct things like small blemishes, bags under eyes, oily shiny skin, etc.

I keep these corrections subtle enough that everyone looks like themselves but on a really good day, rather than the fake plastic airbrushed look.

If you’d like a colour and B&W version of each image that’s no problem, and there’s usually a small discount on the second version as the time-consuming retouching is already done.

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Pricing

An hourly session fee plus a per-image editing fee.

Pricing depends on where and when you need me, and how many images are delivered, and can vary depending on the details.

The typical office headshot session starts at £375, including 45 minutes setup time, a one hour shoot, five edited digital images (this could be five images of one person, or one image each for five people), and organic PR use on your website, social media, etc in perpetuity.

Extra shoot time is £100/hr, and additional edited images from £15 each. Other extras include travel, upload of the full unedited shoot for selection, makeup artist, etc. All prices are exclusive of VAT at 20%.

So for example to shoot a dozen people indoors the total cost would be around £580, plus travel and VAT. I’d be on site around three hours – the first 45 minutes to set up lighting, and then two hours shooting with a strict ten minutes per person.

If you have a very large headcount – for example 30+ people – it can add up quickly so we’d typically discuss your requirements before suggesting a bespoke package price.

One more thing! For longer shoots please include a 10 minute break for me every hour or so (useful for catching up with latecomers, or just nipping to the loo) plus a lunch break for all day sessions – thank you!

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London Corporate Headshot FAQs

What do you need to know from us when booking headshots?

For best results try to get in touch at least a week or two before you’d like to shoot. We can execute a shoot with less notice if we’ve worked together before or you know exactly what you need, otherwise it’s best not to rush it.

For an estimate we’ll need to know the following upfront: how many people you want to shoot; how many edited headshots per person; the shoot location; and if there’s a time limit on-site.

Before booking we’ll also need to finalise these details: the format the headshots should take (horizontal or vertical, looking to camera or off-camera, etc); indoors or outdoors; if you need a plain background (light or dark) or prefer an environmental background; and if you have any existing headshots you need to match.

We’re happy to discuss the style details with you, but numbers and time available are the absolute basics we need to know up-front for an estimate – thank you!

Who chooses the final images?

I’ll typically bring a laptop and ask each person to select their favourite image(s) before they leave the session, then I’ll edit and deliver those images afterwards. If this isn’t practical I’ll provide a private gallery for each person’s unedited images afterwards and ask you to select the images you want me to edit, but this costs a little extra.

Do you have a studio?

My London corporate headshots are shot entirely on location. For office-based headshots all I need is a decent-sized room with space to set up lighting and my camera. I can provide a simple background, but I can also create environmental headshots using your own office or preferred location as a backdrop. Please note, some outdoor locations may require a permit.

How much does a corporate headshot session cost?

Headshot photography fees are composed of a time-based shoot fee, plus a per-person edit fee. Pricing varies depending on how many people I’m shooting, where the session will be, how many options and/or variations you’d like per person (e.g. horizontal/vertical, outfit changes, angle, pose, etc), and how you want to use the photos.

Is editing included in the corporate headshot fee?

Yes, all quotes include a basic round of editing to correct for exposure, clarity, and colour balance, plus some light re-touching as required, for example to correct shiny skin or minor blemishes. If you need extra re-touching this is charged at an hourly rate starting at £75/hr. I may outsource complex editing to specialists, charged at cost plus an administration fee.

Can we use the images for anything we want?

Just about everything you’d need to use a headshot for is covered, except commercial use. Every quote includes unlimited editorial use on your website, social media profiles, press releases, etc. Use in advertising campaigns or a commercial project aren’t included as most clients don’t need it, but you can upgrade to include it any time.

Do you charge for travel?

For shoots in central and SW London if I can travel light on public transport (i.e. cameras, lenses, simple lighting) travel is included. If I need to drive or take a taxi to carry equipment I charge related expenses such as parking, Congestion Charge, or taxi fees. For shoots outside London I charge a combined fee for travel time and expenses.

Do you do headshot photography sessions outside London?

Absolutely, I’m based in Kingston Upon Thames and I can go pretty much anywhere you need me, charging a combination of travel time and expenses.