Corporate Headshots in DC, Maryland and Virginia.
These packages are perfect for the individual or the small group of two or three who are looking to get professional headshots in an economical way. The fact that your small group comes to our home studio allows you to benefit from bigger discounts and more competitively priced headshot packages. These sessions take place at our home studio in Bethesda not far from the Washington DC line. Schedule your headshot today during non-rush-hour times and you'll be in and out faster than you can snap your fingers!
If you are part of a larger group, it makes more sense for us to come to you. We arrive at your office one hour prior to the headshot sessions starting and set up in a conference room or other large space. Then we schedule headshots sessions usually in five minute intervals. Yes - five minutes is all we need. Over the past 15 years, we have perfected the headshot session experience and can supply a fantastic headshot of someone in that time frame. If you are interested in receiving an immediate headshot quote for a larger group please fill out this headshot form.
If you're looking to promote your employees in a habitat that's a little more tailored to the work they do, it may make sense to opt for an environmental portrait rather than a headshot. Environmental portraits incorporate more of the surroundings into the photograph and oftentimes make your employees feel a little more relaxed during the session. It also helps describe what your employees do in a visual sense.
Group Portraits are a wonderful way to show how your team works together. Whether it's smiling at the camera for a more 'posed' look or it's a pretend behind-the-scenes shot of your group in action, your team will present a united front to anyone viewing your marketing materials.
DC Professional Headshots
How should I pose for a headshot?
The most important thing to keep in mind when you are posing for a headshot is your posture! Because your headshot is how you make your first impression online, your posture is a really important way to show your confidence and professionalism. Posing with exaggeratedly good posture can feel weird at first, but that’s just because we spend so much of our time hunched over our computers or staring down at our phones. Think of posing for your headshot like a yoga class, and you will leave with a nice stretch and a great photo! We always start with having people rotate their body so their shoulders are at about a 45 degree angle. When you pose straight on to the camera, it can look a bit boring, almost like a drivers license or passport photo. Rotating the shoulders is a more interesting angle and it also helps you look slimmer. The next thing we say is sit up super straight and tall, pull your shoulders down and together in back, so you are pressing your chest forward. I always think about power posing here. Demonstrating good posture does a lot for the viewer, but it also opens you up to feeling strong and powerful, and usually ends in a better headshot! An important thing to remember when posing for a headshot is once you are sitting or standing in position, lean towards the camera a little from your hip. You basically want to bring your head a little closer to the camera than your body, because it makes sure your face is the focus and is another trick for looking slimming. We always tell people to put their chin down, so that the viewer connects with their eyes, but when you bring your chin down, make sure you press it out first, and then down, otherwise it can give the appearance of a double chin. It’s almost like doing the walk like an Egyptian dance, but it helps create a flattering headshot. All of these tips might feel weird, so we warn clients “the more uncomfortable you are, the better it probably looks!”
You can practice your facial expressions in the mirror. When we look at you through the lens of the camera, we might tell you to turn your chin or tilt the top of your head, and all of those small adjustments are to make sure your eyes appear even in the photo. Many people think that an exaggerated head tilt is a good way to pose, because for selfies it often is, but it’s actually better to have your eyes line up on the same plane. We will often tell clients to start with a serious face, and in slow motion to go to a big crazy smile as we shoot, so that you have a chance to see a range of expressions and choose which one you think is the most natural. When you try forcing a smile for too long, your face can get a little sore, so changing it up a little in between shots helps keep your smile fresh.
What should I wear for a professional headshot?
My number one tip is to wear something you feel confident in! If you buy a new outfit solely for the photo and you aren’t totally comfortable in it, that can show in your face. I think that if you feel good, you look good, so start by looking at some of your favorite pieces in your wardrobe and go from there. Another tip is to avoid trends/fads. You want these headshots to be timeless, and to be able to use them for a few years without them looking dated. Right now, big bright earrings and colorful lipstick is super popular, but it’s a good idea to go with a more classic look for your headshot. Studs, pearls, hoops, and most silver/gold earrings look great without distracting from your face. When it comes to your outfit, remember that you probably only need to worry about your waist up. If you have a great blazer that doesn’t go with any of your dress pants, don’t be afraid to throw on jeans! Most headshots will only include your head and shoulders, and we won’t make fun of you for wearing flip flops with your suit jacket. When you are looking for a top, focus on the necklines. V-necks and crew necks always look great, and help lead the viewer’s eye right up to your face. Something that is low cut or strapless will probably not photograph the same way, and definitely won’t look as professional. If it fits your style, having a solid colored blazer helps pull your body together, and can have a slimming effect. Just try to avoid bright colors or bold patterns, because again, we don’t want to have anything distracting from your face. Remember to keep in mind what kind of background you want. You don’t want to wear a white shirt on a white background because you will look like a floating head, so you would want to choose a darker color top, or throw a blazer over it. Men often come in and ask our opinions on ties, and we have definitely seen a change over the past few years from companies wanting traditional suit and tie portraits shifting to a more casual jacket and no tie. Think about what you would wear to work on a normal basis. If your clients always see you in a tie, it’s probably good to wear one for your headshot and will look a little more serious. If you work in a more laid back environment, you can definitely skip the tie, and will look a little more approachable. We also get a lot of questions about glasses vs no glasses. We will typically shoot you with and without glasses so that you can see both options, but it really depends on if you wear your glasses all the time or not. Again, think about how your clients or coworkers typically see you. You want your headshot to be authentic and easily recognizable as yourself. One last tip - feel free to bring options! We are always happy to take a look and help you decide what to wear. We also have a steamer available for any last minute wrinkles that show up.