What is the mood and attitude I want to have come across in my portrait?
It’s a good idea to consult with the photographer what you’re looking to archive and what profession you’re in and style you want to project. A good photographer should always be able to adjust lighting, backdrop to create the atmosphere best suited for your type of business. Stay away from a photographer that will not give an individual consultation, not all corporate Headshots are created equal.
FotostudioLA will make sure to give you a consultation and figure out what setting and backdrop will fit your profession the best.
Should I take a more traditional approach with backdrop or lighting or do I want to push the envelop and go for something more edgy and modern?
It helps to research your field and find out which direction you want to go in and disguss with your photographer ahead of time, so he or her can be prepared at the time of the shoot.
FotostudioLA likes to create up to date modern approach to corporate images, but usually I like to shoot a bit of both so my clients have an option.
Physician --------------------------------- Architect -------------------------------Realtor ---------------------------- Attorney
Do I want to go with a standart black suit or should I consider other colors to best suit my skin tone and work with the photographers set and lighting?
Black is actually not the best color to choose, it becomes more difficult to pick up all detail in the suit and mix the light so your skin is not overexposed. Usually I recommend charcoal grey or an other solid midtone (green, blue, brown, etc.) is flattering on most people. Avoid anything too close to your own skintone ( beige, blush pink, or very pale peach and light gray)
Avoid wearing clothing with patterns or accessories that distract from your face. Very bright reds, yellows and oranges can also be distracting.
Should I wear Jewelry?
Less is more, stay simple unless your career is very creative and it adds to your character.
How much Make-up should I apply?
For women a light foundation with power is good to even out skintone. Avoid heavy liners around eyes and lips, stay matt with blush and eyeshadow since too much shimmer will catch too much light and will make you look botchy. Stay with a light solid lip in a natural lip color, a gloss can give you a burnmark on your lips that can look unflattering. I usually provide powder for men to avoid too much sheen.
How much retouching/ color correction is the photographer including?
Before booking a photographer take some time and check over the portfolio, retouching is an art and everybody has a different method, some photographers can go overboard and it will look fake or dated and some won’t retouch business shots at all. So make sure the samples will look natural. Here at FotostudioLA I crop and color correct each image before I turn them over to you. Additionally you will be able to pick your favorites shot to apply additional photoshop.
As a man do I need to worry about retouching?
Yes, sorry. Everybody has something that needs to be retouched, especially sun damage in the summer time. In general men need to have at least have a basic retouch to have a professional look. That will include lighten up teeth, whites of the eyes, under eye area, even out skin tone, straighten out a crooked smile, soften lines, break outs and razor burns.
retouching before/ after
Will I own the right to my image?
The photographer retains the image copyright but grants you permission/ usage rights to your image for business purposes. Be sure to ask about this before you book your session. In most cases I give my clients unlimited usage rights for self promotion.
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