Category Archives: corporate headshots London

Professional LinkedIn Photos

We have written many posts on the benefits of commissioning a corporate headshot photographer in London to capture  professional LinkedIn photos for your profile page. Here we would like to jot down some further thoughts on this subject.

Recently we were in touch with a freelance email marketing expert who was advising us on wether this would be a plus for our business. It turned out that it was not the process we wanted to pursue but I had noticed that the chap in question was using his headshot as part of his email signature. This interested us as it seemed an obvious way to connect with potential clients by making the email communication much more approachable. The headshot he was using must have been taken at a wedding as we noticed another person in the background in wedding attire and so we offered to photoshop that for him and improve his email signature headshot.

Professional LinkedIn Photos captured in London offices or photographic studio.

Following on from this we now use headshot in our email signature but keep the headshot as a thumbnail as if you are in regular email conversation with people anything too large would become overpowering in time.

The majority of people who get in touch require professional LinkedIn photos but we are starting to see these profile photos used in many different media now. When companies produce pitch documents they are including headshots of the team that have produced the pitch. Individuals hosting presentations will include their headshot in promotional literature. Corporate CVs can benefit from including a professional headshot to bring a more personal touch to the document. We have already mentioned email signature photos and LinkedIn but also use the image across all business social media such as Twitter, Google+ and Facebook.

If you do decide to have a professional LinkedIn headshot taken then taking into account the above make sure you get the corporate photographer to give you some options. Ideally you can have a 30 minute session where you can have a change of wardrobe and different options for the background and of course a variety of expressions and with formal and casual poses so  you can use the most suitable headshot for each application.

Further samples of our corporate portraits © Corporate Photography London

Retouching Corporate Headshots

With all our corporate headshot commissions in London we offer free post production work which includes retouching or as it used to be known airbrushing. Most post production work is adjusting levels and making sure backgrounds are consistent and reformating files which is simply a process. However when you come to retouching a headshot you are faced with more options and potential outcomes.

Clients are keen to have their headshots retouched but it is the degree and amount of retouching that is a grey area. We ask individuals to pick a favourite from approx 30-40 headshots and ask if they want a specific retouching done. It works well when they tell you exactly what to remove or tidy up. The tricky bit comes when they request that we retouch what we consider to be suitable.

Our stance with retouching is that you should never be able to see that a headshot has been photoshopped. Subtle understated photoshop work and keeping the person recognisable to the original headshot. Some clients want the full works which can include removing double chins, making faces appear thinner, increasing lip sizes and filling in receding hair. It depends on the individual and how they wish to appear and the one thing we are careful is to ask the person to compare each stage of the retouched headshot back to the original and not just to the last version we retouched. As if they come back with further requests to retouch an all ready retouched headshot then each time we do work it is moving further away from the original.

Corporate headshots retouching sample taken in London studio

Corporate headshots retouching sample taken in London offices

We enjoy retouching corporate headshots and with experience comes better understanding of how to achieve the very subtle tricks just to freshen up a face without making it look unnatural and overworked. When commissioning a corporate photographer in London always ask to see their headshot portfolio and ask what degree of retouching has been done on the headshots. Clients will be committing time and money to the commission and it is important that the retouching is carried out to their liking as it is an intergal part of the corporate headshot process and not just a free add on to be overlooked.