So what is an Informal Headshot?
A typical executive portrait Auckland is with a neutral backdrop and with the person is looking directly at the camera. An Informal Headshot usually has the subject in a more natural environment and has the possibility of the person looking away from the camera.
Why have an informal headshot?
This style of photo is telling more of a story about who you are and how you work. A typical executive portrait Auckland will not give you any insight into the individual’s working life. By providing a glimpse into your work environment, the viewer can see the type of office you run and how professional (or unprofessional) your business is.
It is a great opportunity to show off high-end technology that may give you an edge on your competitors. Although you may be the CEO, this could be an opportunity to show you at ‘the coal face’ and have your photo taken on the shop floor.
It is also a perfect way to introduce the branding of your company with a strategically placed logo in the background.
Another trend creeping into editorial styled photos, is to show the subject ‘at work’. Rather than looking directly at the camera, the subject is caught in a moment where they are engaging with fellow staff, a client or applying their craft. This gives the viewer an insight into how they work. Often the expression and body language implies their passion and enthusiasm for the job.
The downsides of an informal headshot
Size matters. This style of photo is more suited to a website where the person is the main feature on the page. The photo can be quite large and the details can be fully appreciated. If the photo is reduced down to a small profile photo, often the face is too small to be recognisable.
Things change. Although you may have your photo taken with you working on your flash new laptop… it will only be a couple of years down the track before it looks very dated. Secondly, if you have your photo taken with a client or co-worker – you run the risk of that person moving on to another job/company and the photo becomes outdated, and in many situations unusable as a result. Alternatively, if you change your job, you don’t really want the logo of your previous employer in the background of your LinkedIn profile
Eye Contact. There is something quite sincere about a photo with the person looking directly at the camera. Although the ‘Action Photo’ may seem more natural, there is an amount of disconnect with the viewer. A typical executive portrait Auckland creates a direct relationship with the subject and the viewer.
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