Corporate Headshots

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From large multi-national companies to small businesses with just a few employees, every business relies on visuals to help sell their product or service to their customers. Websites, social media, print ads, editorial profiles, annual reports and more all create an important impression about your business. Its vital that the first impression you create is a positive one, and high quality photography is an important element of that.

The general public are becoming increasingly visually sophisticated. Everyone can take a mediocre picture on their phone these days, so if you're going to have headshots of your key people visible to the public, then they'd better be good ones, or that first impression will suffer.

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I offer high quality headshots for your business, produced efficiently and with the minimum of fuss, at a realistic price. Yes, you might be able to find someone cheaper, or you could try and do them yourself, but, as with anything in life, you generally get what you pay for.

I understand that you have a business to run, and that having pictures taken is taking people away from their work, so I work quickly and efficiently to make it as painless as possible. All you need to do is provide a space for me to work in.

I bring everything I need to turn that space into a temporary photo studio. Once I'm set up your staff can drop by when they're free and be done in around 10 minutes. Book me for the day, or the half day, and I'll photograph as many people as I can in that time.

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The Mobile Studio

You're busy, so I bring the studio to you. All you need to do is provide a space for me to set up.

Here's a short time-lapse showing the complete set up and pack down of a studio in under a minute!

The space required and complexity of the setup depends on exactly what style of pictures you want. The setup below is slightly more complex than normal - with two different backdrops and different lighting for each. Setting it all up together means I can switch backdrop and lighting in about 30 seconds for a completely different look.

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Booking and Pricing

The cost is worked out as a base rate for travelling to you and setting up the studio, plus a fee per person, which covers the photography, editing, retouching and delivering the final images after the shoot. One finished retouched image is supplied per person. Additional retouched images can be supplied at £15 each.

The base rate is £450 for an 8 hour day. This includes the first 10 people. Each person after that costs £25.

Or you can book a 4 hour half day for £300, which includes the first 5 people.

This works out at £60 per person for 5 people in a half day, down to just £30 per person for 40 people in a day.

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FAQs

How much space do you need to set up? What kind of room is suitable?

Most meeting/conference rooms are usually fine. The more space the better, but a space of around 4mx3m is usually plenty. The important thing is that we can clear the floor area, either by moving tables and chairs out of the room or stacking them in the corner. Its also important that I can park on site so I can unload equipment easily. Check out the time-lapse video of a typical mobile studio setup to give you an idea.

How many people can you photograph in one day?

It depends on you and your staff. The first hour is for setting up the studio. After that it usually takes no more than 10-15 minutes per person to take the pictures and have them go through them on the laptop and choose their favourite. You can either let people drop by as they're available during the day, or you can schedule each person a timed slot to ensure everyone gets their turn. We can discuss this when you book. As an example, in an 8 hour day, we could do up to 7 hours of shooting, if we shoot 5 people an hour that would work out at 35 people. At a total cost of £450 + 25 additional people at £25 = £1075, that works out at just £30.71 per person.

Not everyone is available at the same time? Can I book multiple days?

Of course. Depending your location and how many days you need, we can negotiate a suitable rate.

What can we do with the pictures?

On your invoice the usage rights will be noted as "Unlimited use by the client, excluding commercial advertising." So your company can use the pictures anywhere for as long as you need, but not for paid advertising.

Can we choose a backdrop?

I usually have white and grey available, but if you'd like a colour to match your company branding, or just to make the pictures a bit more fun and lively, I can order a wide range of different paper backdrops. They cost £50 for a roll and you can keep it after the shoot if you want it! Alternatively, you can use part of your office as a backdrop.

Do you do black and white?

I shoot everything in colour on digital cameras but I can supply black and white versions if you prefer.

We already have some headshots that were done previously, can you match those for our new staff?

I'm usually pretty good at figuring out how a set of pictures was done, so if you already have a set of headshots you're happy with, but you need to add new ones for additional staff, let me know and I can try to match lighting and backdrops to ensure a consistent look.

Do people get to choose their favourite picture?

Yes, I like to let people see the results and choose their favourite on the day as this saves a lot of time later. This way people can be happy with the picture used by the company to represent them, and I can get on with the retouching as soon as possible after the shoot, without needing to wait for people's choices to come through. I shoot with my camera tethered to a laptop so the images are instantly available to view. We'll go through the pictures and choose a favourite there and then, and this will then be retouched and delivered as the final image.

What kind of retouching do you do?

Every selected image is lightly retouched before delivery. I adjust crop, colour and contrast, gently smooth out skin and clean up temporary marks or blemishes, and remove the occasional stray hair. I don't make people slimmer, make their noses smaller, or turn them into plastic mannequins!

How long does it take before we get the photographs?

I generally aim to have finished, retouched images delivered within 7 days.

What areas of the country do you cover?

I cover the M4 corridor, including Swansea, Cardiff, Newport, Bristol, Bath, Swindon, Reading and London at the above fixed price. I'm happy to travel further afield - get in touch and I'll work out the additional travel costs.

We'd also like some other portraits of the boss/directors/MD/chief exec?

Great! I love to get creative and shoot environmental portraits around the company. We can use different locations, props, lighting etc and get whatever you need. Get in touch and we can discuss the details and work out a bespoke quote.

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