A month ago, I was contacted by a company about doing some corporate headshots. Since, I purchased my grey background, I was really excited to finally use it. We went back and forth for a couple of weeks, until we finally settling on a date and time. They were having a board meeting that day and wanted to take advantage of everyone being in the office.
When I arrived, I came prepared as always and met my point of contact and asked where I would be setting up. They decided to put me in an office that required a little organizing before, I could get started. I moved some boxes and shuffled a few things around till I had an area large enough to accommodate my setup. Here are some additional tips.
Try to email the model release forms to your contact person, before hand to avoid any delays.
You know this one. My favorite phrase: Be prepared. This includes charging and testing batteries, along with equipment.
Have someone from office act as an assistant. Since this person is known, they will feel more comfortable and are able to assist with hair and poses.
Be courteous, you never know where this could lead to.
Ask if you can move things and be sure to put them back the way you found them.
Try not to be too serious, you want the person to feel relaxed and comfortable.
Ask if there is anything else they need before you leave.
The abandoned office worked out great, because each person required a wardrobe change and his or her privacy. I placed a chair outside, so that the next person could sit down. I finished the shoot, packed up and received my check. Later that day after editing the pictures, I decided to take my friend Michaels advice and crop the photos one more time. They came out really nice.
I hope I have not bored you too much.
I had a lot of fun writing this one like all of my blogs. I trust I have given you some valuable tips to think about, before planning your next shoot. It’s not all bad, just be clear and informative, it will save you a lot of headaches. Remember nothing is set in stone and there is not a perfect formula, so go out and have some fun.