Preparing for Your Group’s Headshot Sessions: How to Communicate Your Expectations and Goals

Group headshots sessions can be fun and exciting, but they can also be stressful and chaotic. Like any other business event, planning and preparation are key to success. To ensure that the session goes smoothly, it is important to communicate clearly with the photographer, outlining your expectations and goals for the session. Doing so will help ensure that everyone is on the same page and that you get the group headshots that you need. By taking the time to properly prepare for the session, you can help to ensure that the session runs smoothly and that everyone feels comfortable. This guide will outline the best practices for preparing for your group headshot session, so you can capture the perfect images for your business.

Organize Corporate Headshots for Your Team

Defining Your Goals and Expectations

Before you begin to plan your group headshot session, it is important to sit down with your team and discuss your goals and expectations. Start by asking each member of the group how they envision the session going. Listen carefully to their responses and make note of any concerns that they express. Once you have heard from all of your team members, it will be much easier to outline your goals and expectations for the session. Your goals and expectations will likely vary, depending on the reason that you are getting group headshots. For example, if your goal is to increase brand recognition and marketing, it is important to consider the messages that your images convey. Do you want to portray your team as friendly and approachable? Or are you trying to convey a sense of professionalism and prestige? It is important to consider these elements when deciding which images will be used for marketing purposes.

Scheduling the Session

Once you have outlined your goals and expectations for the session, it is important to sit down with the photographer to select a time and date for the session. The best way to go about doing this is to send the photographer a message outlining your goals and expectations, as well as a date and time that you would like to schedule the session. This will allow the photographer to consider the best possible date and time, based on their current availability. Once you select a date and time for the session, be sure to send an email to your entire team, reminding them of the date and time that the session will take place. This will help ensure that everyone remembers the session and has enough time to schedule the time off work or find child care if needed. It is also a good idea to send any additional information that you discussed with the photographer along with the email.

Preparing Your Team

If your team has never worked with a photographer before, you may want to consider bringing in an expert to teach your team members how to pose. A posing expert can help your team members feel more comfortable in front of the camera and lead them through the session, so they don’t have to figure it out on their own. A posing expert can also teach your team members how to properly check their surroundings and make sure that they are positioned in a way that looks their best. Additionally, if several members of your team are uncomfortable getting group headshots, it is a good idea to consider bringing in a therapist or psychologist to help them feel more comfortable. This will help to ensure that everyone feels at ease during the session and that no one is holding back.

Choosing Wardrobe

When choosing wardrobe for your group headshot session, it is important to select pieces that fit the photographic style that you have selected and that will work well together. If you have selected a more formal photographic style, it is a good idea to dress in business casual attire. If you have selected an editorial style, you may want to consider wearing casual, everyday clothing. It is important to keep in mind that whatever clothing you choose, the outfits should look cohesive and match well together. It is also important to keep seasonal weather conditions in mind when selecting wardrobe. If you are getting group headshots outside during a chilly winter day, you may want to select thicker clothing. Similarly, if you are getting group headshots outside during a hot summer day, it is a good idea to wear clothing that is light and breathable.

Selecting a Location

Once you have selected your photographic style and wardrobe, it is time to select the perfect location for your group headshot session. If you have selected a formal photographic style, it is a good idea to select a location that has soft, neutral backgrounds. This will allow you to easily crop and edit the photographs, so that you can use them for different purposes. If you have selected an editorial photographic style, you may want to consider selecting a location with bold, vibrant backgrounds. This will allow you to create eye-catching photographs that are great for branding purposes. Additionally, if you have selected an editorial style, it is important to consider the weather conditions. If you are shooting during a hot summer day, it may be a good idea to select a location that is indoors and out of the sun. We can also shoot at our studio.

Outlining your expectations and goals for the group photo session will help ensure that everyone is on the same page and that you get the group headshots that you need.
Outlining your expectations and goals for the group photo session will help ensure that everyone is on the same page and that you get the group headshots that you need.

Preparing for the Session

Once you have selected your photographic style, wardrobe, and location for your group headshot session, it is important to begin preparing for the session. Begin by making sure that everyone on your team has plenty of time to prepare for the session. If you have makeup artists on your team, it is a good idea to have them come early to do makeup and hair for everyone on the session. This will help ensure that everyone is ready to go as soon as the photographer is ready to start shooting. Additionally, it is a good idea for everyone on your team to review their portfolios and headshots before the session. This will allow everyone to be familiar with their headshots and know what they want to go for in the session. This will ensure that everyone is prepared and knows what to expect during the session.

Working with the Photographer

Once you have arrived at the location for the group headshot session, it is important to make sure that you are prepared to work with the photographer. First, it is a good idea to check in with the photographer, letting them know that you are there and ready to begin. This will let the photographer know that you are prepared and ready to start working. As the group headshot session progresses, it is important to make sure that you are paying attention to the photographer’s directions. If you follow the photographer’s directions, you will be more likely to get the images that you want. It is important to keep in mind that not all photographers work the same way. Some photographers may ask you to do certain poses, whereas others may tell you when to change poses. It is important to pay attention to the photographer’s directions, so you know when to change poses.

Choosing Your Final Images

Once the group headshot session has come to a close, it is important to sit down with the photographer and select your final images. This can be a tricky process, as you will likely have dozens of images to choose from. Start by narrowing down your selections to the best images that represent your team’s brand. Once you have selected the best images, you will be ready to move forward with printing your group headshots. If you have not yet chosen a photographer for your group headshots, our Headshots team can help. We have a network of experienced and talented photographers across the United States. All of our photographers are carefully vetted and have years of experience working in a variety of industries.

Mike Haller


stlouisheadshots@gmail.com

314-913-5626

We can shoot multiple employee headshots at your business location.

If you’re like most businesses, you probably don’t have much space beyond where your desk is located. What’s more, taking employee headshots at the office might be a bit awkward for everyone involved. That’s why we offer on-location corporate photography services to help businesses get those essential employee images taken outside of the office walls. If you need to shoot headshots of your employees at your business location, we can come to you and make it easy. We have various packages with different coverage areas and types of images, so you can choose what works best for your company.

Shooting headshots at your company’s space may seem like a strange choice, but there are many benefits to doing so. This is especially true if you don’t have much room at your office, or if taking the images outside could pose a safety risk to your employees. Here are some of the top benefits to shooting on location at your business. Employee comfort level – If you’re looking for employees to be relaxed and candid, having them shoot headshots in a space they’re used to will help. They’ll be more relaxed and comfortable in their normal surroundings, which will show in the images. Employee privacy – If you’re worried about confidentiality, you don’t have to worry about it when you shoot headshots at your company. You can keep things quiet by closing your office doors and shooting the images privately, without anyone else knowing what’s going on. Privacy and security concerns – If there are security concerns or privacy issues with taking headshots outside, you don’t have to worry about them when shooting on location at your company. You can close your office doors and shoot the images privately.

How to get the most out of your headshot session?

Whether you’re shooting one image or 10, there are a few things you can do to make sure you get the most out of your headshot session. First, think about what types of images you need and the best way to get them. Are you looking for a headshot of each member of your team? Do you need a variety of headshots with different backgrounds? Next, think about your employees’ schedules and how you can best work around them. Are there certain times of the week when everyone’s most available? Can you block off a certain amount of time for each person? Finally, think about what setting will work best for each image you want. Do you want to keep it simple and straightforward with a clean background? Do you want to add some flair to your headshots and take them somewhere interesting?

Mike Haller
Mikeh@hallerconcepts.com
314-913-5626

Why You Need Professional Business Headshots and What to Expect

A bad headshot can make you look unprofessional, not trustworthy, or downright boring. A good headshot, on the other hand, can help you stand out from (literally) thousands of other professionals in your industry. With a great photo, you can let your prospective clients know what you’re all about, which can lead to more bookings.

Because your headshot is the first thing that people see, it’s important to choose a photographer who understands the industry. A pro will help you pose in a way that makes you look your best while also fitting your brand.

With the rise of social media and the gig economy, professionals are now seen as brands. In other words, you need to be a person that stands for something. With professional headshots, your brand can be easily recognized and understood by your target market. Preparing for a job interview? Starting a side business? Creating a LinkedIn profile? These are just some of the many reasons why you may want to get professional photos taken.

What to Expect When Getting Professional Headshots

Professional Headshot Studio

When you’re getting professional headshots, you’ll likely have two shots taken: one close-up and one full-length. Your photographer will let you know which one they plan to take beforehand.

Close-up shots are great for LinkedIn or websites where you want to showcase your face. Full-length shots pair well with articles where you want to show off your outfit.

For your close-up, you can allow for an outfit change if you like and you may also have makeup applied to your face. A full-length shot will happen in one outfit and one pose, which means you can expect to be done around 30-45 minutes after you arrive to the studio.

Things to know before your shoot

Headshots on location or in our studio

A few things pop into your head when you think about a headshot: Big hair, lots of makeup, big glasses, and a swiveling stool. While this may have been standard practice years ago, it’s not what professionals are going for in today. Here are a few things to keep in mind before your appointment:

  • Be mindful of your hair and makeup – No matter what, you’ll likely have makeup applied to your face. While this may seem standard, it can vary from person to person. If you’re not comfortable with the idea of full makeup, let your photographer know beforehand.
  • Bring a few outfits – You may want to bring a couple different outfits to your shoot. Your photographer will let you know if they prefer you wear a blazer or not, how many buttons you should button, and if you should wear jeans or slacks.
  • Bring business casual outfits – Regardless of your industry, business casual is always a safe bet. If you want to make a statement, bring a bold tie or shirt.

Mike Haller
314-913-5626
4501 Mattis Road
St Louis, Missouri
stlouisheadshots@gmail.com

Headshots and Business Portraits for Personal and Corporate Image Branding.

We specialize in corporate headshots and business portraits. Great for your company website, Linked-In profile or social media image. Since 1982, our team has the experience to do it right and make certain you are happy with the results.

A great headshot is your first impression to getting you closer to success. A photo of your most natural self, looking relaxed, confident and in control of your career. Our small, yet efficient crew offers you professional quality using expert level camera and lighting at a fair price without compromising quality.

We will never just set someone in front of a camera without directing and suggesting to them actions to take. Each person is helped with achieving different poses and angles to get the most flattering look. Our experienced photographers are trained to provide cues, tips, and easy and fun instructions for getting different types of natural-looking smiles and facial expressions.

Mike Haller
314-913-5626
4501 Mattis Road
St Louis, Missouri
stlouisheadshots@gmail.com

StL Headshot and Event Photography

Hiring managers use many types of websites such as LinkedIn to screen applicants. Potential clients use LinkedIn to research vendors. Investors use the company About Us page to learn about company executives.

A great business headshot is critical for making a good first impression with these people – and so can have a major impact on your career or company.

How To Prepare for Your Business Headshot?

There are three keys to preparing for your headshot ahead of time.

First, get some sleep, exercise, and sunshine in the weeks before your session. Your pre-preparation will help ensure that the photos look as natural as possible.

Second, make sure to briefly try on your desired clothing a couple days before your session. You want to make sure that your outfits still fits properly and doesn’t need dry cleaning.

Third, take a look at some prior photos of yourself and see if there are any that you particularly like. When you arrive at the studio, share these with us, it will help us find an angle that works best for you.

With multiple photographers, we’re prepared to shoot one to hundreds of headshots for your company.

Make a major difference at your next corporate event.

Hosting corporate events can be a fun way to treat your employees and do something special for business partners and clients.

We can jump right into your event and capture its best moments. From the keynote speakers and major highlights to the candid, funny memories, we can capture it all with photography and also video if you like.

You’ll have confidence in our trusted and experienced service.
We’ve have spent years building our portfolio, expanding our range of equipment, and getting certifications. We get it right, every time.

Mike Haller
314-913-5626
4501 Mattis Road
St Louis, Missouri
stlouisheadshots@gmail.com

A professional headshot for everybody.

Business & Corporate

Business headshots are typically used for LinkedIn profiles, internal business tools, press releases, company websites, advertisements, business cards, and presentations. These are perfect for executives, salespeople, entrepreneurs, startups, or anyone else in a corporate environment.

Professional Business Headshots

General Professional

General professional headshots are used successfully for LinkedIn, all types of websites, and speaker presentations. Often used for professionals like academics, journalists, therapists, doctors, lawyers, scientists, non-profits, and government officials.

Creative Artistic Headshot

Artistic Creative

Stylized creative headshots for websites, social media profiles, press releases, and book covers. These types are best for artists, designers, musicians, comedians, creative writers, and opinion leaders.

Book fast, easy, and fun professional headshot sessions at our studio or your location.

Mike Haller
314-913-5626
4501 Mattis Road
St Louis, Missouri
stlouisheadshots@gmail.com

Professional Headshot Studio.

Your website, conference biography photo, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and other social media accounts form your online image. It is crucial to have your portrait exerting professionalism, confidence, and integrity. We work with individuals and teams to create the most professional look for personal branding. Inspire other professionals to meet and work with you.

Posing for an executive headshot should look natural and comfortable, but most people need a little coaching in order to look positive and natural from the camera’s angle. Just a slight turn of the head in the right direction can make a huge difference.

Expression is the most important thing in a business portrait, which is why we keep our subjects engaged in conversation while coaxing them into flattering positions and moving my lights into the ideal positions. Some executives “love the camera” naturally, but most don’t.

We employ large lights that cast soft, natural shadows and minimize shine, and we position them according to each person’s unique features. Used judiciously, shadows can make a wide face look narrower, a crooked nose straighter, and can emphasize or minimize many other features. Lighting should be tailored for everyone’s business portrait.

A large, spacious headshot studio.

Mike Haller
314-913-5626
4501 Mattis Road
St Louis, Missouri
stlouisheadshots@gmail.com

Business Portraits and Headshots

Executive, corporate or business headshots or corporate portraits are photos made of staff members, usually head and shoulders but sometimes half-body or three-quarter-body shots, generally made for company websites, internal newsletters, trade publications, public relations, marketing and sometimes advertising. Our photography is created at our studio or at your location.

For multiples and groups of headshots, we can bring our studio strobes and backdrops to your place of business. This way we can be on your employee’s schedule instead of the other way around. It is all done at your location usually in a conference room or like space.

We enjoy being a medical, biotech and science photographers. We can shoot wherever a client might need science photography made for their research, lab, pharmaceutical, educational, diagnostic equipment manufacturing or other medical type of company.

Mike Haller
314-913-5626
4501 Mattis Road
St Louis, Missouri
stlouisheadshots@gmail.com

Executive Portraits – St Louis Corporate Photography and Video

If you are looking for corporate portraiture, we create clean, well-lit studio and environmental portraits for your company’s media and web sites; in office, studio and outdoor settings. Corporate head shots should distinguish the corporate leadership, so their portraits don’t look like your competitor’s portraits. There is a range of options that we can draw from to distinguish your leadership.  We can also shoot groups at your location.

Each headshot photography session is an individual experience in creating the best possible photo for your needs: we will help you choose the right clothing and look for your head shots based on who you are, what you do, and what you need the photos for.

Often we are hired as a St Louis event photographer. That is where I am hired to photograph a special corporate or business occurrence like an awards dinner, annual company party, annual conference, ground breakings and more. I work as a photojournalist would, documenting what happens in an unobtrusive style with group shots and detail pictures/signage images mixed in. It is very important to me to not distract from your company’s event as I work to photograph it. We also have all the experience and equipment to shoot video of your event or media communications.

Mike Haller
314-913-5626
4501 Mattis Road
St Louis, Missouri

stlouisheadshots@gmail.com

Headshots in Saint Louis

In today’s corporate world, much of the networking we do is online. That’s why personal branding is more important than ever and why a high-quality photo is your first meeting with the public.  St Louis Headshots has helped hundreds of CEOs and senior executives present the professional image they need to be successful. You can find our portraits on many corporate website pages.  We’ve shot for many top St Louis companies, book covers of famous writers, and startups of some young, successful entrepreneurs. We know what you need and are more than capable of delivering it in a most professional form. Invest in yourself, as it could be the most profitable investment you’ve ever made.

Medical and Corporate Pharma Headshots

We photograph people for their professional portraits or actor headshots and for theater and film and musician headshots in St Louis; both on-location or in my studio. The portraits are commonly used for social media, annual reports, book jackets, readings, comp cards, submission for acting roles for stage productions, film, movie and TV, musical performance newsletters and announcements, websites, brochures and more.

I work exclusively digital using top of the line digital cameras. I photograph digitally using raw format which allows me to capture the most digital information available to me as a photographer. Shadow and highlight detail preserved in ways that cannot be when using jpg or a compressed digital file format.

Often, we are hired as a St Louis event photographer. That is where I am hired to photograph a special corporate or business occurrence like an awards dinner, annual company party, annual conference, ground breakings and more. I work as a photojournalist would, documenting what happens in an unobtrusive style with group shots and detail pictures/signage images mixed in. It is very important to me to not distract from your company’s event as I work to photograph it.

We pride ourselves in not only being a St Louis photographer who delivers great images, but also on being dependable, professional in dress and manor and responsive to all of your photography requests. Written photography estimates or references from past photography clients are always available. I look forward to hearing from you!

Mike Haller
314-913-5626
4501 Mattis Road
St Louis, Missouri

stlouisheadshots@gmail.com