The EASY Way to Do Business Headshots

Business headshots have changed

Evolution of Business Headshots…

  • Stern captains of industry in their victorian offices – green lamps, brass, oak…
  • Conservative backdrops – usually brown or blue
  • White wall business headshots – clean and fit on Linked IN nicely, a bit boring
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Action portrait – people doing their job to show expertise

At McFade we’ve been doing “location” portraits too – business headshots usually taken around the workplace, or for solopreneurs, in cool locations nearby – like Clarence Dock, Dark Arches, Roof tops.

We love doing location business headshots, the results always get you noticed and for smaller teams, it still works brilliantly.

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Location Portrait

But getting a team of 10 or more, outdoor shoots can cause a lot of upheaval. How do you get that mix of “relaxed unposed” style without causing havoc and lost work time?

Here’s the secret…

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Workplace headshots – people are more relaxed, it’s quicker and far less stressful!

Photograph your team at their desks

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Take away the stress of a traditional shoot

People don’t always appreciate being called away from their work to a room If they’re really busy. Also, it makes them self-conscious and can take a long time to get people comfortable.

So why not bring the studio to their desks instead?

They don’t have to move – you just set up 2 lights around them (which takes 3 minutes) then just talk for a few minutes and get some shots of them working and looking to the camera.

It also creates a buzz in the office – whilst you’re being photographed, the team can talk to you – which usually ends up with people laughing – and we get a natural look.

We also use specialist lenses which create blurry backgrounds – in the shot above, we left room to the left of the photo so you can add copy text or a headline.

We can also capture people in action – here, this lady was taking a phone call – a real client phone call.

Technical team members look properly techy surrounded with monitors, deep in thought

A few more images from recent shoots.



Advantages of Desk Photoshoots

So to conclude, having done lots of these shoots recently, we found:-

  • A lot quicker than a traditional shoot
  • Less upheaval for your team – they just stay where they are, we do the work
  • Show people in their environment – expertise, kit, skill etc.
  • Wide variety of background – far more interesting than a white wall
  • Creates a “buzz” giving a more relaxed, approachable look to the images


Want to update your online look with minimal fuss?

We are expert people photographers – just give us a call on 0776655 83 75 or drop us a line at and we’ll do the rest!


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