How to prepare for Corporate Headshots? The ultimate guide

Corporate portraits are essential in portraying a good image of your company. It’s important to think about the message you are trying to convey and dress to match. For example, a law firm might opt for wearing a suit and looking more serious, whereas a creative business owner might prefer something more casual and fun with their headshot. Portraits help to humanize your business, whether it’s editorial or professional. Here’s a guide for how to prepare for corporate photoshoots; what to wear, your posture and other elements that will help give the best impression possible.

Two types of portraits

There are two different types of corporate headshots that are distinctly different from each other; editorial portraits and professional portraits.

1. Editorial Portrait

Chef Headshot

Editorial headshots are usually taken within the place of work. This is an original and creative approach, more interesting than a plain background, but is still considered professional. For example, a chef might have their editorial portrait taken in the kitchen, wearing a chef’s hat. This type of headshot is often found in magazines and online.

2. Professional Portrait

Professional Corporate Headshot

Professional headshots are usually done in the photography studio with a neutral background and special lighting so that the pure focus is on the subject. In terms of framing, the subject’s shoulders and top of the bust are usually visible. Office-wear can be smart or casual depending on the company and the image it wants to portray.

Professional portraits are often used by large companies to present their employees, but it is also used on social media sites, such as Linkedin and Twitter, and on CVs as a profile picture. Getting the right balance in a headshot is difficult, below are the main points to master in order to take a successful headshot that gets a positive response!

Important things to consider when having Corporate Headshots taken:

1. Your look

It’s important to think about what your best side is. Some people are self-conscious of certain facial features. Portrait photographers are used to hearing this, so don’t feel embarrassed to tell them that, for example, one of your eyes is bigger than the other. In this case, the photographer could angle you to one side so that the perspective makes both eyes look the same size.

2. Your smile

Most people know whether they smile with their teeth or not. Even for professional headshots, smiling both with and without your teeth work, so smile whichever way you feel most comfortable. A forced smile isn’t good and might even make you seem disingenuous. You should be able to recognize a ‘real’ smile through a person’s eyes. Top tip: think of someone or something that makes you laugh, this will both relax you and give you a great, genuine smile!

Great smile headshot

3. What to wear

Think classic.

For the men… Pick your favourite suit in a preferably dark colour, such as grey or navy blue. Bold patterns and colours, as well as shiny ties, detract from the face and can look unprofessional. If you don’t wear a tie, it’s best to wear a sweatshirt or jacket or some other kind of layer to break it up and stop it looking like a floating head!

And for the women… Choose a professional suit or a classic office-wear outfit. Don’t pick any bold or distracting patterns, however little pops of colour here and there can be alright. Avoid short sleeves if possible; this can look unprofessional and also detracts from the face. For jewelry, anything subtle and classic is a yes, but anything blingy or flashy is a no. We don’t want to notice your jewelry before your face!

There isn’t a strict rule for ‘what to wear’, so long as your outfit reflects your company. In startups, for example, a much more “relaxed” style has been adapted. Jeans, t-shirts, and trainers are allowed, the idea behind it is that you come to work dressed how you would in everyday life.

Half Body Headshot

4. Your posture

Body language is the key to looking confident. Keep your back straight and don’t hunch your shoulders, think about the posture a ballet dancer has but don’t overdo it or you’ll look too rigid. Don’t put your hands in your pockets or cross your arms, this is closed body language and will immediately make you seem unapproachable. Think about your company’s main values or morals and tell the photographer so they can try to help you portray them through your body language.

Good Posture Portrait

5. Hair

Don’t dye or cut your hair right before the shoot, this rule is especially imperative for men. Some shades of freshly dyed hair can look too vibrant and usually dull down about 1-2 weeks later.

6. Make-up

Lots of people ask whether hiring a make-up artist is a good idea. It is, of course, completely up to you. You want your portrait to be easily recognizable and you don’t want the make-up to overpower the portrait. A good rule of thumb is to think about what sort of make-up you would wear to a nice dinner out, where the steak costs $200 but not $600.

Corporate Headshots give potential customers confidence when seeking information about your business. It reassures clients that there is a real person behind the services you provide. To give the right, and a positive, impression, choose an outfit and posture that reflects your company’s values. Other than that, all you need is a happy and relaxed attitude to the photoshoot!

5 Important Tips For Headshots in Hong Kong

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This post applies to both my portrait headshots and corporate headshot clients alike. There are countless photographers and options for headshots. Hong Kong is a super competitive market and having the right headshot can make or break your chances of success. Here are my top 5 tips for getting your headshot in Hong Kong.

1. Select the right headshot photographer.

HK is home to countless photographers, especially those specialising in headshots. Ah, the smell of capitalism! The sheer amount of options out there are daunting and at times overwhelming. Each offers a variety of packages, price points, style, and each has their own unique personality. Start by narrowing down your top 3-5 choices. Don't call them first. Before calling, take a look at their online portfolio to get a sense for their style and who they are. Also look to see if they can photograph both sexes well and/or can do photograph casual portrait as well as they photograph business professionals or vice versa. Additionally, look for testimonials, not only on their website, but also on social sites such as Facebook and Google. And lastly, does their personality seem to mesh well with your own? Do they seem fun or cold? If everything looks great, give them a call. If they're available and willing to take a few minutes to discuss your needs, you're likely making the right decision! If not, go to the next person on your list.

2. Budget is important, but don't skimp.

As my Dad loves to say, "Son, good ain't gonna be cheap and cheap ain't gonna be good." These wise words have stuck with me through my adult life and should be in the back of your mind when selecting a headshot photographer. Hong Kong is a really expensive place to live in. And if you're an actor, you may not be raking in the dought quite yet so you think to yourself, "Hey, I really should save some money on headshots." In my experience, that usually ends up with you getting headshots that not only you loathe, but headshots that don't capture the real you. Crappy lighting, bad retouching, and a half-hearted experience from a photographer who probably doesn't care if you succeed or not. Being cheap often ends horribly when it comes to headshots. Now that doesn't mean you should break the bank and spend $10000 on headshots, but it's generally best to avoid the $500-$1000 headshot guys. They're usually focused more on money instead of meeting the specific and often unique needs of their clients. Ultimately, it's your money, but don't end up buying twice because you want to save a few bucks. Make an informed decision; buy right and buy once.

3. Know what you need to convey in your headshot.

Preparation is key for a successful headshot session, but perhaps one of the things you must prepare for is actually knowing what you need to convey in your headshot. If you're getting corporate headshots, does your company have a friendly, approachable image(pediatrician, real estate agent, personal trainer) or do they have a more serious image (criminal lawyer, journalist, wealth management firm)? And if you're an actor, do your or your agent see you as the girl/guy next door, victim, witty best friend, criminal, strong hero, or young Mom/Dad? Knowing the marketing specific to your needs will allow us to focus solely on that during your session, ensuring we're moving in the right direction. Save yourself a lot of headache and time by knowing what you need to convey even before your headshot session.

4. Select the proper wardrobe.

I've talked extensively about wardrobe on a couple of occassions here, but it needs to be said again. Bring the right wardrobe to your session will make or break your experience. Don't bring your absolute worst clothes that you haven't pulled out in ages. If you're an actor, select wardrobe that matches your character type as well as is the most flattering for you. Avoid those frilly dresses, graphic tees, and generally frumpy looking attire. This is HK, so a bit of style is often expected and bad styling can make you look green in your headshots. Corporate headshots in HK are no different. Avoid those pinstripe suits, keep your jewelry small and simple, and make sure your attire is pressed before your arrival. If your wardrobe is properly selected, that'll be one less thing you'll have to think about. The only thing we want you to worry about during your session is getting the right expressions.

5. Go into your session with the right attitude. 

This tip probably should have been number 1, but I guess we're saving the best for last. So you've followed all the tips above and you're preparing for your headshot session. I know having your picture taken can be a nerve-racking, anxiety inducing ordeal, but it doesn't have to be. First, woosah and relax. Now, remember we're just taking pictures. I know they're super important to you, but we're just taking pictures. You won't be rushed during your session, I'll work with you every step of the way and we'll be previewing your work as we go along. Come to have a good time, be talkative, play the type of music you like on your phone, and yourself relax and trust your headshot photographer. A headshot session is a give and take between the photographer and the sitter. Trust them, their expertise, and their process. It takes two to tango as they say and if you give a lot in your session it will definitely show in your photos. Having your trust will give the photographer the freedom to play and create great spontaneous moments that capture you at your absolute best. I love to have fun during my sessions and I encourage you to do the same! Coming in with a great attitude and a cooperative spirit will ensure your session runs smoothly and is fun to boot!

Benefits of Breastfeeding to Mums and Newborn Babies


Breastfeeding is a personal choice for mothers.  It is a personal decision, which only a mother knows what’s best for her and her baby.  Breastfeeding has proven to be one of the main practices for offering children a healthy life resulting in many benefits for the baby.  Immediately after birth, the mum should attempt to start breastfeeding the newborn.  If possible, breastfeeding should take place in the delivery room.




Start Breastfeeding Early                   

When breastfeeding is started early, it will begin to foster a bond between mum and baby.  Starting the breastfeeding immediately after the baby is born will also help to keep the baby warm and comfortable.  The skin-to-skin contact between mum and baby will be very soothing to the baby.

Breast milk has been proven to be the “perfect food” for your hungry baby.  Research has revealed that breast milk from breastfeeding has antibodies that will protect a baby from common illnesses.  It also contains essential vitamins and minerals.  Moreover, breastfeeding your baby will allow them to have an easier time with digestion.

Research has also proven that breastfeeding your baby may result in a higher IQ.  It is one of the best choices that a mum can make for the health and development of their baby.

Breastfeeding Has Benefits For Mums Also

Breastfeeding not only has many benefits for the baby.  It also has many benefits for the mum  as well.  The health benefits are numerous.  However, breastfeeding mothers like to know that it will help to burn more calories thus letting mums get back to the weight they were prior to becoming pregnant.  Moreover, studies have shown that breastfeeding mums have a decrease in the risk of gaining certain types of cancers and other health problems.

One of the questions that arise is when should a mum stop breastfeeding their baby.  It will become a mutual decision between mum and the baby and should be done when both are happy to stop breastfeeding.

When the baby starts an interest in solid foods, it may be a sign to stop breastfeeding.  Mum will know the baby well enough to see the signs that the baby is ready to stop breastfeeding.


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A breastfeeding baby photo by Dadi Precious

Mums may need to stop breastfeeding the baby for personal reasons.  One of the reasons is preparing to go back to work.  The switch from breastfeeding to bottle-feeding can take place.  It will be a learning process for the baby.  The baby will have to learn to drink from a bottle.  Suckling from a mother’s teat is different that the bottle.

Breastfeeding takes a lot of time and commitment.  It offers tons of benefits for mum and baby with zero cost.  And, it is one of the best things you can do for your baby.  If you have tried and breastfeeding simply doesn’t work, consider using a breast pump.  That way, your baby will reap the benefits of consuming breast milk without breastfeeding.

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