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Use of Head and Shoulders Portraits


Here is an excellent example of the use of simple business portraits on a web site.

Why is it an “execellent example” of a use?  It is for several reasons.

The first reason being that the gallery of portraits has a consistent look to it, they all fit together as a cohesive unit.  I’ve seen so many corporate websites where every portrait in a gallery of people look like they were done by a different photographer.

The second reason is that the portraits were done in a manner that was a very efficient use of the company employee’s time.  I arrived early in the morning and set up a small studio in an open conference room.  Shortly after doing that I met with each individual person and did their portrait. When I was finished I packed up and left the building in time to have lunch.  At no time was I using any one person’s time for more than 10 minutes.  They were able to plan around their meetings to accomplish this.  There was no disruption to the work flow of the company.

The third reason is that this was very economical to do in the bigger picture of things.

I enjoy relationships when I’m happy and my clients are happy in that I have been able to meet their needs and solve problems.


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When You Are Having A Portrait Done

If you are having a business portrait done,  that includes a head and shoulders or an executive portrait; you might want to consider the following.

Men should have a recent hair cut, but not necessarily a haircut done the day before their portrait.  We look better and have had a chance to adjust to a “look” after about 5 to 7 days.  Also our hair tends to shrink for the first couple of days after a fresh cut.

If you wear T-shirts; no V-neck or tank top T-shirts please as they may show through dress shirts.

Both men and women should try to stay away from very tight patterned shirts, ties and jackets so as not to run into a moiré problem with fabrics, which would introduce additional retouching needs.  (Think of a newscaster’s blinking and shimmering tie on TV, which is filmed with a digital video camera, and you will understand moiré issues.)

Jackets on men and women need to fit as compared to being under sized. Looser is better, I can always tighten them up.

Shirts for men with ties should also fit properly around the neck so that a tie fits properly.

Loud colors and loud patterns may at times detract from the face in a portrait.

A good nights sleep is important so that you are fresh for your portrait.  Good hydration is also important.  It is best not to rub under your eyes the morning of your portrait as the skin there bruises very easily.

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