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Offering Staff Headshots & More for Your Business

In today’s world of iPhones and Androids, we snap picture after picture with our high-tech, high-resolution camera phones. We have no problem being behind the lens, taking aesthetic photos of our delicious brunch or adorable shots of our four-legged friends. However, when someone turns the camera to us, we instantly shy away. We can all agree that our society is driven by visuals more than ever before, and yet we so often undervalue the importance of quality photos of ourselves. At Cork Tree Creative, we recently stepped out of our comfort zones and conquered our fears of the dreaded headshot, and had a blast while doing it. And guess what? Your staff can do the same.

The first thing you need for a successful photo shoot is a quality photographer, of course. Luckily for us (and you, too), we have a camera mastermind on staff, Carmen Sledge. She not only takes amazing photos, but she also can help you feel comfortable while doing so. When Carmen took our headshots, she helped each of us pick a variety of poses that fit our personalities. Whether she had us place our hands on our hips or run our hands through our hair, each shot felt natural and relaxed. She also gave us direction on what colors and patterns to wear, so that we not only complemented the photo backdrop, but we also all complemented each other when it came time for our group photo. It is safe to say that our photo-shoot would not have been the fun, successful day that it was without Carmen’s keen eye and talent.

The next ingredients for a “not so corporate” headshot are props and poses. While not every staff member needs to have a prop in his or her photo, having some people hold or use a prop is a creative way to add some personality to each shot. The options for props are endless; however, you want to make sure that it is appropriate and makes sense to be included in the photo. Are you a caffeine fiend? Hold a cup of Joe in your photo. Do you have a favorite fedora or baseball cap? Rock it on photo day. When it comes to striking a pose, pick one that not only feels natural, but also makes you feel confident. If you are at a loss for ideas, look at different headshot photos online and pick some of your favorites to show to the photographer. Don’t be afraid to have fun with it! Turn on some tunes and try a variety of poses. This way, you will have different options to choose from. One of our clients decided to bring in their adorable dogs to their photo shoot and the pictures turned out great. When you’re having fun, the photographs convey how you’re feeling and you’ll love how you look.

If interested, we can refer you to the best hair and make-up folks around, scheduling the photo shoot at our office or on site at your business. Our talented staff can help create a top-quality photo shoot for you with perfect lighting and a keen eye.  All you need to do is give us a call and we’ll go over the many options available based on your budget and project. Is it time to update that new brochure with staff headshots? Do your social media pages and website pages need a more contemporary look? Custom photography does just that! Call us at (618) 656-7333 or visit us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.