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How to take your own staff headshots

26th January 2021 | | Blog

It’s often asked why professional photographers charge what they do and that’s because there’s an art in getting images consistent, well lit and the trickiest of all – the subject relaxed!

Similar to your business branding, staff photographs can often show up across all platforms, not only on the practice website but across facebook, linkedin, twitter and so on. Therefore you want that photo to represent your brand as well as being something you are happy with being shared and viewed.

It’s a given that not many people are happy to stand in front of the camera for a ‘mugshot’. Out of the many practices I’ve photographed I can count on one hand the times protest has not been made – I’ve even had a member of staff hide in a cupboard to avoid having their photo taken!

As we are currently unable to visit practices due to lockdown restrictions we have put together a quick guide to help you take your own staff photos. 

Before you start

  1. Choose a willing team member.
  2. Use a camera or a smartphone.
  3. Team members to be wearing the correct uniform or scrubs.
  4. Allow yourself time (you don’t want to be rushing).
  5. Pick a location with plenty of natural light and a plain background.
  6. Clear the space.

Taking the photo

  1. Stand your team member between 1-2metres away from you.
  2. Turn off the flash on your phone or camera (you are aiming to use natural light).
  3. Centre your team member in the middle of the frame so you can see space around them (at the sides and above their head).
  4. Ask them to relax their shoulders, it’s amazing the difference that makes.
  5. Use a tripod or hold the phone or camera as still as possible. 
  6. Take multiple photos of each person so you have options.

For your quick step guide of “Do’s & Dont’s when shooting photos of practice staff” please click here.

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