Graham Riddell is a specialist freelance photographer at Graham Riddell Photography in the Scottish Borders, offering a stunning collection of nature-themed Wall Art & Stock images. Call 0777 764 5813. Commissions also welcomed for Portrait Photography, Event Photography, Corporate Photography, Publishing and PR and photography lessons.
It's good to let people know what you look like and updating your profile photo can help to keep your business contacts up to date.
A friendly face can make all the difference as to how contacts and prospects respond to you or your business culture and whilst there is a trend to take more selfies on iPhones and tablets etc, for the sake of consistency, it is often better to have a photographer take them for you.
It can be tempting to emphasise looks by sexing it up, and whilst this may be great for personal use, it just might not be the right image to project for business. If you look too serious, or even as though you have just been mugged, or startled like a rabbit caught in the headlights of an-coming car, the viewer will pick up on this immediately.
This shot of Rachel was taken on location at an awards event she was helping organise and we took a few moments before things got too busy to shoot a quick headshot for her profile photo.
Shot under natural light the simplicity of the image works well for her and shot on a full-frame digital SLR at 160mm at f3.2, I was able to blur out the background whilst keeping her eyes sharp. No fancy tricks with software, just an honest portrait in her working environment.
This was great for a one-off, but for a staff shoot, controlling the light would be another option to provide more consistency across a range of staff as may be needed to provide a similar look throughout and if wearing corporate colours, consistency of style.
I work with individuals and companies to supply corporate images for their business that best suits their particular style i.e. corporate, business-like or relaxed and informal.
So don't shoot yourself, call in a photographer
Rachel McCaw-0675Client headshot taken in natural light at a Food & Drinks Awards event she was assisting with.