Portraits for Private Equity Company – ‘People’ Web Page

Posted in Private Equity Company Photography, Head Shots, Corporate Portrait Photography, Websites

Palamon Capital Partners commission Piranha for regular portraits and office photo shoots to generate corporate portraits of their employees.

The images are taken in their London offices and other locations across the capital, sometimes at events they are attending.  After each photo shoot Piranha provides a website of the photographs taken on the day, as well as hi res jpegs of the images.  The selected shots are then used across different marketing materials and press coverage including here on their website’s ‘People’ page.

Overview page on website –

Web Page showing portraits on Private Equity Company Web Page

A couple of the individual biog. pages can be seen here –

Featured portrait on website biog. page Photograph of staff member on private equity company web page Screen grab of web page showing Director's photograph on Private Equity Company Web page

Office Headshots – Changing the Backgrounds

Posted in Head Shots, Corporate Portrait Photography, Websites

Below are examples of one of our regular photo shoots for an international construction company.

On the day of each photo shoot the photographer sets up lighting and a white backdrop in a meeting room at the client’s London offices.  Then the employees are photographed in turn against the white backdrop to generate a selection of headshots of each person.

After the photo shoot Piranha supplies the client with a website of photographs showing the various images of each person.  From this website the company chooses a photograph of each person.  Piranha then processes the selected images and cuts them out in PhotoShop, using specialist software.

Once each portrait has been isolated from the white backdrop it can be placed on one of the background images that have already been captured and approved for use on a separate occasion.  This delivers the company with portraits ‘in situ’ but does not depend on moving the subjects into different areas of the building and changing the lighting set for each person.  It does though give a consistent and professional look and feel to the final staff headshots.

Staff member of construction company - corporate portrait - photograph taken in London offices

Office Portrait with New Background in London offices Employee photographed in London offices for construction company client

We have used this method of cutting out and replacing backgrounds for a number of clients.  It is particularly useful if photo shoots are going to take place over a number of months, and the required rooms for the background may not always be available.

 

Private Equity Client – Business Portrait Photography

Posted in Private Equity Company Photography, Head Shots, Corporate Portrait Photography, Websites

Below you can see a few of the photographs we have been taking for Piranha’s new private equity client.  The photography takes place outside, utlising a wide variety of London backdrops.

Screen Grab Team page of PE company
Staff portrait on private equity company web page
Business portrait on website
Website photograph of team member outside in London
Photograph of staff taken outside in LondonPortrait for company taken in Nottingham
Private Equity company photograph

 

Hi Sam, Thanks for sending this through – they all look great! We had some really great feedback about Douglas too, from everyone who had their photo taken. Kind regards,

Company Photographs for Team Page on Website

Posted in Head Shots, Corporate Portrait Photography, Websites

Piranha’s client – Thomas Cook Money required portrait photographs for the ‘team page’ of their website. The images were taken at the company’s London offices with a variety of interesting backgrounds.

The brief for the portraits was for them to be relaxed and business like with a ‘blurred’ background, in a variety of locations, providing atmosphere and a sense of place without the background distracting from the subject of each photograph.

The photographs were shot at the client’s office in central London, using both of their floors and the public areas of the building such as the business lounge and reception area to vary the backgrounds in each shot, whilst maintaining the style.

The photography took place over two days.

Photographs of team taken in London offices for company website
Headshots of team members in London offices with reportage background
Webpage to show Piranha's photographs of team members
Page showing portraits on webpage
Webpage showing portrait photographs on webpage

Headshots for Law Firm in London

Posted in Head Shots, Law Firm Photography

During 2017 Piranha were very busy photographing the lawyers at Travers Smith in London. Each person had a variety of headshots taken, and then these were presented as contact sheets so the everyone could choose the image they wanted to take forward. Once a choice had been made Piranha ‘cut out’ and replaced the background so that all employees would appear on a preapproved grey background.  The final images were then cropped to a variety of specified sizes, these images were then sent to the client so that they could be used in the many different capacities they were needed e.g. for the website, as well as pitch documents and for internal company marketing materials.
Here is a very small sample of the many head shot photographs taken –

 

A selection of headshots taken for London Law firm

New Headshot Photography for Brackendale Consulting

Posted in Private Equity Company Photography, Head Shots, Communications Company, Websites

Brackendale Consulting required new headshots of their employees for their website.  The consultancy helps private equity clients with their marketing and branding as well as communication strategies. The team were extremely pleased with their final images, and even enjoyed the experience of being photographed on the day, which suprised them!

Headshot photographs on client's website page

Employee headshots on company website

Dear Doug, I cannot thank you enough for this morning - we found it a real pleasure meeting you - you managed to put us all at ease and it will be a delight to recommend you to our clients. The photos we saw are amazing - you've managed to capture us in the perfect way, I'm thrilled. Again, we were delighted to meet you and would love to work together on joint projects. Thanks to you and Sam. Warm regards Fay Ps it was also a great restaurant recommendation - we can't sing your praises highly enough ;-)

Headshot Photography for Stockbroking and Investment Banking Business

Posted in Head Shots, Bank Photography, Corporate Portrait Photography

Piranha has photographed on a number of occasions for the Institutional Equity Broking and Investment Banking business Whitman Howard.  The idea was to generate a large selection of headshots for the company to use on their website and in other materials. The style of photographs needed by the company were both headshots against a plain background and also environmental photographs where the office background can be seen, thereby allowing the images to provide a sense of the space.

The below screen grab shows some of the pictures in situ on the client’s website –

Screen grab showing headshots used in black and white by Piranha in situ on the page

LinkedIn Recommendation –

Testimonial from client about their photography

Hi Sam, Gosh – some days I’m very glad I didn’t pursue my childhood dream of becoming a photographer because I never would have been able to produce anything like Douglas does! They’re fantastic. Many thanks, - Client

Corporate Portraits – Different Possible Styles for Head Shots

Posted in Head Shots, Corporate Portrait Photography, Tips and News from Piranha

Thinking of Some Corporate Head Shots for your Company?

Portrait photography comes in all shapes and sizes, do you need it with or without a background? Have you considered a lighting style, that is should there be no shadows on the face or more contrasty? It’s worth giving it a thought before commissioning new photography.

There are many options but read this short article to help you choose a successful style for your company.

A White Background

Corporate Portrait with With Background

The old chestnut head and shoulders white background is often requested and consideration needs to be given to how the photographs will be achieved.

Does the final image need a background as white as driven snow? That funnily enough will require quite a bit of kit, a pop up background, the lights to illuminate this background, lights to illuminate the subject and the camera on a tripod in front of all of it all, and a burly assistant to help carry it all in. It will require a bigger room with little or no furniture. As this large studio type room is rarely available, another solution often needs to be found.

Using a Grey Background

Head shot cut out and with new background added

An alternative solution to achieve a pure white background is to photograph the subject against a grey or off white background and then in post-production, ‘cut’ the subject out and place against a pure white or pre-shot office background created in Photoshop. The cutting out procedure is now extremely accurate so any type of frizzy hair poses no problem and each hair is retained before cut-out.

This allows for using a smaller room and is therefore much easier to organise, and any room can be used on each successive visit.  This often provides the most practical solution for portraits.

An Office or Outside Background

Meeting photograph for company website - conversation with Tower Bridge in background through window

Business person photographed in office environment Business Portrait of Employee with Window behind and outside scene

It may be felt that a portrait shot with a background would be more interesting. A picture that is usually to be run slightly larger than its white background cousin. The scene behind the subject can be the view through a window to illustrate ‘we have a city location’ or a blurred office backdrop can illustrate as being part of a larger team.

Discussion Format

Reportage business meeting photography of individuals in conversation
Another style is the ‘discussion’ or meeting format, often used in the service industries to convey that the person being photographed is in mid conversation with a client.  The photograph can incorporate the blurred shoulder of the person nearest the camera whilst focussing on the subject who is speaking animatedly. This style shows a busy, active company.

Portraits for Press Coverage in Publications

A popular PR shot which is picked up by newspapers is one that illustrates and enhances a story.

The photograph below was taken by Piranha to encapsulate the accounting firm’s story.  The picture caught the eye of the newspaper editor and so was published with a short article about the problems of mounting legislation.

Photograph for PR purposes of accountant with piles of books of legislation

This photograph taken by Piranha for an accountancy firm ran in several national newspapers and business titles. The image highlighted the recent increase in tax legislation.

Photograph taken in company factory of director for publications to print

The dramatic lighting for this industrial pipe company assisted in getting the companies story published by catching the eye of several national newspapers.

The Contemporary, Creative Solution

There are many possible creative styles for websites and annual reports – these involve shooting a meeting through a glass panel, or walking down a corridor or in an open plan office. A creative look works well to show an integrated team, a busy office and is often used in a profile document about a company.

A contemporary look like this can offer a cohesive style to the company’s portraits and be used to tie in creative direction of all their website designs.

 Portrait of employee shot through glass for contemporary look 

The Photographic Brief

Before starting new photography, it is important to think about what is needed and discuss the brief with the web designer and photographer.  The nature of the business will lend itself to a certain style, to convey a message to the clients looking at a company’s website or reading the article, there are lots of interesting and effective options to choose from.

Please do drop us and email or call 020 7193 9446 if you would like more information or to discuss a project.

Head Shot with a White Background

Posted in Head Shots, Tips and News from Piranha

Many companies commission head shots of their staff members photographed against a white backdrop so that this can then be used as a PR photograph for websites and LinkedIn.  In this short piece, I am going to touch on the white background head shot, and how it can be achieved.  I will  touch on the snags, and why deliberately choosing a grey or off-white colour instead, might be a better option than pure white.

OK so you have decided as many clients do, that you would like a portrait with a pure white background so that it blends with the pure neutral white of a website, well that is MUCH easier said than done for a number of practical reasons.

To achieve a pure white background headshot

  1. The size of room allocated for the shoot would need to be BIG, it is important that the white background is evenly lit independently of the subject, this is done with good effect with two lights at 45 degrees to the white screen (even this may not guarantee a totally even light).
  2. The subject a few feet in front of the backdrop will need to be lit too, preferably with a large soft box to achieve a soft flattering light.
  3. The camera should be in front of the subject (of course) with a mid tele-photo lens for a pleasant perspective and to reduce flare.

Diagram showing set up to achieve pure white background head shot

  1. Picture showing position of lights and backdrop for white background head shotThe snag with that arrangement above? It requires an assistant to help carry and setup additional lights etc, it requires the room to be quite large and free of heavy furniture.  I’m not sure how many companies have this on offer (most have a large table in the middle of the room for meetings not unexpectedly).

    The Solution?…

    Photograph the head shot with a grey background and then ‘cut them out’ in PhotoShop

    Deliberately photograph the subjects against a grey or off white background and then cut the head shot out afterwards in PhotoShop. This method has a number of advantages over the first method –

     

    1. The size of the room can be smaller and the background does not have to be lit at all
    2. The subject can be closer to the background, maybe even casting a slight shadow – it doesn’t matter
    3. The camera is in the same place for the same reasons as above.

    If the staff members are wearing white shirts/blouses etc  then it’s a much easier extraction from the background if its grey or similar.

Diagram showing set up to achieve head shot with white or grey background

Alternative option set up showing lighting of white background head shot

The software these days is remarkable in its accuracy and precision, do you have frizzy hair? No problem every hair is identified and retained allowing your new background to come through, looking very natural.

In Conclusion…

I recommend having a clear idea of the type of background you would like to see in the final head shot image.  Can it be off white or an elegant grey? Or would you rather photograph the person and cut them out later?  This would achieve a pure white background.  A conversation with the photographer and discussion about the meeting rooms on site at the office would be a good starting point.

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