One of my favorite clients to work with is the entrepreneur looking to have professional portraits taken. Over the years with social media and an online presence becoming standard fare for business my work has evolved. My purpose for these sessions is to produce a range of images to represent the individual or company. We always start with a phone call consultation where we discuss your brand and come up with a structure for the shoot. You then receive an email follow up with our shot list of our looks and specific instructions to prepare for our day. I’ve pulled 3 of the most helpful tips to share here.
1. Dress the Part. Stay away from contrasty patterns and bold stripes. Focus on jewel tones (Ruby red, sapphire blue, emerald green, amethyst purple and turquoise blue) or light patterns that work well with your coloring. Hold the item under your chin and have a look in the mirror to check if it works for you. Make sure your wardrobe is free of stains and dry cleaned. Bring a variety of jewelry and don’t worry about shoes!
2. Have your hair and make up done. I offer a number of in studio options with solutions for every budget!
3. Get clear. We’re collaborating on these images, I want to know what your passions and dreams are for your business. Bring it all to the preliminary consult, even your questions and doubts.
Madhu Maron is one example of one such Portrait Session from last year. Madhu spent 17 years in human resources for businesses before starting her own professional coaching business. Her business is growing rapidly and she needed to update the imagery for her new site launch. After our phone consultation I created an email shot list with wardrobe details and we picked a date. Lucy Chambers worked with us on make-up and hair for the shoot.
Here are the final images with the links to the placements on her site:
For the home page we created a look that reflects Madhu’s personality, view the site page here.
For the bio page we wanted to set a scene that displays Madhu’s organized and engaged working style.
View it on the site here.
Lastly she wanted a more conservative shot for her services page. We chose this jewel tone dress with a soft flattering neckline. View it on the site here.
Feel free to email any questions if you’re thinking about updating your images or having your first portrait session , I’d love to hear from you!