Ottawa Headshot & Corporate Photography
Why do I Need a Headshot?
Simply put, your professional headshot builds trust.
Your professional headshot is like a first impression and an introduction before you even get a chance to speak.
We are in the era of technology, between virtual meetings and the use of platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn, your image will be the first introduction made.
A quality headshot will allow you to present yourself in the exact way you would like to be perceived.
A great photographer will capture your true essence and help you establish your digital image.
That's where we come in.
We specialize in corporate headshots and portraits and would love to be your local Ottawa go to company for all your business photography needs.
Preparing for your Headshot
How to prepare for your shoot! There’s a lot more to having your photo taken than just turning up at the studio and smiling at the camera, so its worthwhile spending the time to prepare yourself properly.
The first question we get asked is "what should I wear?" Well, what you wear for your headshot photograph is just as important to the overall image as your expression. Clothing should simply enhance you and your features and keep the focus of attention on your face. We ask everyone to bring along a number of different outfits with them in various styles and colours. That way we can see what looks good on you, works well on camera and is appropriate for your target audience. We ask you to bring mainly tops but some bottoms too if you want some 3/4 length shots). We have 4 simple wardrobe rules:
You have to love it!
We don’t want to shoot you in anything that you don’t feel comfortable wearing.
If you don’t feel comfortable, it will show, so don’t bring it.
If it’s not in the studio we can’t shoot it.
If your asking yourself whether something will work, just bring it along anyway. We also suggest having some fun with this. If you feel your wardrobe is missing something, then go shopping, keep the tags on (you can always return the items you don’t want to keep.)
This is where we can get some of your own personal style into the shot. People always ask what colors are best and we can’t answer that until we see you and your wardrobe. It’s better to get a visual of something. We love bold colours, so we suggest bringing a wide variety of colours. It’s amazing how many times something has looked amazing on camera that we didn’t initially think
And vice versa.
Don’t be too selective or seasonal.
Bring everything from casual shirts and t-shirts to formal blouses and shirts to sweaters and light jackets. Textures and layers can work well, but would advice to stay away from crazy patterns.
Professional Image Advice
Now might be a good time to seek some advice from an professional image consultant. These people are specially trained to help you and
the colours and styles of clothes that enhance your body shape, features and natural colouring. We work with a number of professionals in this area who we are more than happy to recommend. Having gone through this process we know how much more confident you will feel knowing you are wearing the right styles and colours to match your natural colouring and body shape.
Ladies - Hair & Makeup
Hair is such a personal thing so it’s best that you feel like you in your pictures. Feel free to bring whatever styling products you need in order to create your look. If you are planning on making an appointment with your hairdresser please arrange this for the day prior or even the morning of the shoot.
Makeup should be simple but well done so your natural assets stand out on their own. This means that make up should help the viewer focus on the eyes and the mouth, which are the essence of the headshot. Our main concern is shine so we do advise bringing along some translucent powder.
We recommend you get your haircut 4 to 5 days prior to the shoot so it doesn’t have that “freshly cut” look. Make up is generally not required for men but we do have light face powder and blotting paper, especially if your skin tends to be a little greasy or it's a hot day.
If you normally wear glasses and have a strong prescription, or glasses with no anti-reflection coating, we do advise that you visit your opticians and either borrow a pair of blank frames or remove your lenses for the shoot, as we can have problems with
reflection and refraction. Invariably we’ll shoot some shots with and some without glasses. You might also like to bring along a couple of pairs of frames.