Candid Professional Headshot

When it comes to professional headshots, an outdoor portrait is a high-risk, high-reward venture. High-risk because people are often milling about. Light is constantly changing. Even a passing truck can wreck the white balance of the scene. And, of course, there’s the ever-present threat of wind. It’s astonishing what a gentle breeze can do when you want a strand of hair to behave just so. As a corporate headshot photographer, I hope one day to convince an entire team to do outdoor headshot photography in one location using the same table, so that together we can explore the countless hundreds of expressions that can be discovered by simply hanging out, human to human. The high rewards are 100% worth it! Please click to view full-size images. Oh, and I prefer the color version. You?

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Headshot Photography

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Team Headshots and Group Photography

From the San Francisco Bay Area to the foothills of the Sierras, every team is worthy of professional headshots and group photos. That’s especially true when the team brings their perfectly coordinated, fashion A-game. That, and a willingness to experiment and just have fun. We met in downtown Auburn, CA and searched for fantastic light and interesting backgrounds, closing out the evening at a nearby park, where I spent time with a group of wonderful people who genuinely enjoy each other. Now, I have one more reason to love Auburn even more than I already do. Please click to view full-size images. Enjoy, thank you!

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San Jose Headshot

We often think of corporate headshot photography in the context of high-tech industry, especially here in the Bay Area. But other types of businesses need headshot and brand photography, too.

I love the quiet realism of this portrait, also the texture and moody background. I didn’t use a strobe or a speed light. Just highly directional ambient light, my favorite at the moment. We’re standing inside a vast warehouse near an entry way the size of a garage door.

The image is also a composite of three files, a kind of panorama, a face, and two shoulders. This blending technique enables me to capture an incredible amount of detail in the skin, hair, and eyes.

I like the result and hope you do, too.

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Leadership Coach Headshots

Meet Stacy Kuehnis, a global executive leadership coach in the Bay Area. Stacy helps teams and leaders clarify their purpose and core values, enabling them to develop greater executive presence and influence in their professional and personal lives. Stacy recently hired me for brand and website photography. One of the challenges (and joys) of headshot photography is matching technique with the subject’s unique personality. In this case, we blended multiple lights, backdrops, and wardrobes to capture a set of headshots and business portraits that convey Stacy’s style, confidence, humility, and curiosity. Click thumbnails for full-size images.

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Professional Headshots: Six-in-One, 6/1

There’s no one right way to photograph a subject, but there are always better and worse ways of capturing a professional headshot. I start by asking basic questions. Spending time, even if only briefly, listening to answers and observing body language helps me navigate endless choices on location and during post production. Here are a few of my kick starters:

—Who are you?
—What’s the objective?
—What does success look like?
—Why are we doing this?

Those questions are just as effective in other professions as they are in headshot photography.

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