Say cheese… composition, cameras and capturing the crew



This week we chatted with Fiona Hamilton, one of Melbourne’s best freelance photographers. She spent more than 28 years at the Herald Sun as one of their photojournalists, and has snapped frames of people and things from John Howard’s eyebrows to the Queen. We were lucky enough to have Fiona as our photographer for our latest round of head shots for our company credentials.

Keeping with the theme of photography, we thoughts we’d discuss some tips for getting the best out of your corporate head shots.

Firstly, you don’t want your photo to look like your passport shot from the millennium, so wear simple clothes and hair that won’t date. No point wearing this season’s Oscar De La Renta if you’re going to regret it in 12 months time. And using your selfie from last Saturday night just won’t do.

Try and look a little bit happy, research from New York University, has found that people sporting positive expressions — with upturned eyebrows and an upward curving mouth, even if they weren’t overtly smiling — are more likely to be perceived as trustworthy. So potential clients or employees are going to see you in a positive light.

Fiona used a simple set up, complete with white backdrop and lights at all angles to avoid the unwanted “double-chin”. She maintained constant communication to keep you moving and looking your best. Our tip: work out your ‘best side’ and stick to it. There are some pretty simple do’s and don’ts including not showing too much teeth and never having your mouth completely shut – this can make you look “smarmy”.

We did a couple of cheeky candid poses, but being professionals here at the c word we did as we were told (mostly).

Here are 5 tips for keeping your corporate profiles looking their best. Remember once your image is out on the world wide web, all it takes is a simple “Google” and they are anyone’s for the taking.

  1. Take a deep breath and prepare.
  2. Keep your look simple – nothing too distracting – also use an iron if you own one. It’s worth it for the overall outcome.
  3. Remember you’re posing, not performing – find a look that suits you and stick with it. Make sure it looks like you too.
  4. Listen to your photographer – this isn’t their first rodeo you know.
  5. Make sure you check the end result and you’re happy with it – you don’t want to be stuck with something you don’t like. In the digital world, the turn around is quick so your feedback is important.

If you use a professional, you’ll be directed through your shoot and although they’re just “a photographer not a miracle worker”, they will show you what to do.

Cheers, Jack & the c word crew

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