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Feel Like a Pro in Front of the Camera: Tips from Your Corporate Photographer

This article first appeared in January 2019 and was updated March 2024.

Stepping in front of the camera for a corporate photo shoot can be daunting, but with the right preparation and mindset, anyone can look like a seasoned professional. As an experience corporate photographer, I’d like to offer a few tips to help you feel confident and camera-ready:

Tips on Preparing for a Corporate Photo Shoot

Corporate photos depend on what kind of message and branding your company wishes to convey – formal and serious, casual and creative, energetic, edgy, and more. Each person can take steps to feel and look their best during a corporate photo shoot.

Anne Lord Photography - headshot photos and corporate photographyThink carefully about your outfit.

In general, avoid wearing graphic t-shirts with band names, slogans, and the like. The chances are that the image will be cut off during post-processing and just become visual noise, primarily when used for a head shot.

A good rule of thumb is to wear something smart yet casual. Unless your corporate culture requires something formal, this type of outfit will make you look confident and professional.

Know your best side.

Before the shoot, spend some time looking at yourself in the mirror. Which side or angle do you prefer? Do you have any facial features you’re conscious about? What kind of smile are you most comfortable with?

A corporate photographer wants to take images with which you’ll truly be happy. You shouldn’t hesitate to tell me your preferences when it comes to the angles, features, and other elements you want to emphasize.

Take care of your hair and make-up.

Even something as small as the way your hair looks can make a significant impact on a corporate photo. Be sure to brush your hair and comb it neatly around the edges before the shoot.

Keep make-up simple and natural, but don’t be afraid to inject your personality into it: go ahead and wear that bold lipstick if it makes you feel good. The goal is to look like the finest professional representation of yourself without going overboard.

Take a deep breath and relax.

With over 20 years of experience in professional wedding photography and corporate photography, I guarantee that you’re in safe hands during our shoot.

Don’t be afraid to smile or laugh while I’m taking photos. Not sure what look suits you best? Let’s take a few test shots to give you a better idea. Great corporate shots are produced when the subject feels empowered, so just be yourself and trust me with the rest.

Remember, the goal of a corporate photo shoot is to capture your professional image in the best light possible. With these tips in mind, you’re well on your way to looking like a pro in front of the camera.

Anne Lord: Your Corporate Photographer

As a corporate photographer, I’m enthusiastic about helping brands connect with their audience through amazing images. Services I offer include:

  • Corporate Environment and Team Shots
  • Corporate Head Shots
  • Location Portraits
  • In-Studio Portraits

I’ve taken corporate photos throughout Fairfax, Arlington, Tysons, Reston, Leesburg, Herndon, Maryland, Leesburg, Virginia, and the Washington DC metro area. Let’s put the best face forward for your brand – please call me at (703) 994-7938 and let’s discuss your corporate photography needs.