Corporate Headshots

Professional Portrait Session in Stamford, CT

These portraits were taken for a professional child psychologist who is coming out with a book on bullying in schools. She needed professional portraits taken for the book design and for LinkedIn as well as other social media platforms. After our initial discussions I learned that she was looking for portraits similar to the ones I have on my website - shot with natural light and backgrounds, so we met up at Postmark apartments in Harbor Point, Stamford, CT to start the shoot. They have a beautiful common area with gorgeous natural light that leads out to a resort-like patio where we also took a few shots.

In the end, we were able to capture a great variety of portraits our client can use for her book sleeve, website, and social media. Here are a few select shots from the session:

LinkedIn Headshot Photography in Stamford, CT

Featured shots from my latest headshot session in Stamford, CT

Your LinkedIn headshot should reflect the professional side of you and the best way to do so is with a professional headshot. Did you know that your LinkedIn profile is 14 times more likely to be viewed by having a profile picture? No offense, but keep the selfies for your Facebook page and Instagram. 

A really great LinkedIn profile picture can help you standout amongst the crowd of applicants or potential clients online. As a photographer specializing in professional headshots, I've learned a few tips along the way that I'd like to share for taking a great LinkedIn headshot:

1. Be yourself

I always tell my clients to dress as they would if they were going on a job interview for their dream job or as if they are meeting a client for the first time - dress to impress and dress for your industry. Ask yourself what people in your industry wear and choose a style that is similar, but still reflects your personality and uniqueness.

Natural smiles are always the best, so I will sometimes tell a funny joke or start a conversation during a session to get my subject to act naturally and to feel comfortable in front of the camera.

If you normally wear glasses, keep them on. If you usually tie your hair back, tie it back. The same goes for makeup. If you usually wear eyeliner or lipstick, then go ahead and apply your normal makeup and try not to overdo it. It's that simple. 

2. Eye contact

I always focus my lens on the subjects' eyes and it's especially important to capture sharp eyes for LinkedIn headshots because it adds more of a trust-factor and makes you more approachable in my opinion.

3. Avoid distracting patterns

Keep it simple! Heavy patterns can be distracting, so stick with solid colors especially to avoid moiré when you have really close parallel lines.

Bring a blazer or cardigan to wear over your dress shirt or blouse to create two looks, one professional and one a bit more business casual so you have lots of options to choose from for LinkedIn or any network.

4. Go outside

I prefer to shoot my headshots outdoors with natural light against the gorgeous natural scenery whether it's against the greenery or a stone wall - you will end up with many different backdrops to create a variety of images.

Outdoor headshots standout against the traditional corporate headshots taken against a white, gray or black backdrop. I choose non-distracting backgrounds and shoot at 200mm with a wide open aperture to blur the background. 

Work with the natural light. The best time to shoot outdoors is during golden hour - an hour after sunrise or an hour before sunset for optimal lighting. This is to avoid the harsh sunlight during the day. Overcast skies are also good for headshots because it create a huge diffuser of soft, natural light for your session. 

5. Relax!

Taking portraits can be fun if you can just relax and take direction from the photographer. It may take a few clicks before you feel comfortable which is totally fine. Being relaxed shows on camera, so roll those shoulders and breathe because in a few minutes you will be all done and will be pleasantly surprised to see the stunning portraits you just took!

The hardest part will be picking your favorite shot for LinkedIn, so ask your significant other, family or friends for advice before uploading your headshot to your LinkedIn profile or company website. 

If you have any specific questions, please feel free to contact me anytime. Interested in updating your LinkedIn headshot? Contact me for more information and to setup your session. 

LinkedIn Headshot Photography in Stamford, CT by Natasha Miller ©Tashography 2015

Corporate Portrait Photography for "Chief Learning Officer" Magazine's April 2015 Issue

A Profile on Stephen Parker, Chief Learning Officer & Global Head of Talent Management of A.T. Kearney:

This month I had the great opportunity to meet Stephen Parker of A.T. Kearney to capture his portraits at their Times Square offices for Chief Learning Officer magazine. I was hired by Kate Everson, a Chief Learning Officer associate editor to deliver a diverse set of images for the publication's profile on Stephen Parker.

We started the shoot in the conference overlooking Manhattan room then to Stephen's office for a desk shot, mid-task - writing in his well-known notebook. 

Read the full article written by Kate Everson here

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Corporate Photography in NYC by Natasha Miller ©Tashography 2015

LinkedIn Headshot Photography: Stamford, CT

Indoor/Outdoor session for a professional business headshot to use on LinkedIn:

Since they brought their little guy, we just had to capture a quick family portrait after we finished!

Studio session for a professional business headshot for a dentist who is opening up a new business in Stamford:

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On location corporate headshot session in Stamford, CT for Rising Star magazine. 

Corporate Headshot Session in Times Square, NYC: 

Professional Headshot Photographer in Stamford, CT

It is so important today more than ever to have a professional headshot, especially for your LinkedIn profile or your 'About' or 'Meet the Team' page for a company website. Whenever I receive a lead, I will either Google that person or look them up on LinkedIn - I know you do this too! Having a professional photo representing you is something that can help you appear more serious within your industry or peer group, especially when looking for a new job. It can also help people put a face to a name if you're in the sales or marketing industry and have to cold-call or email contacts all day. It adds a trust factor that wasn't there before if you leave your picture blank. I've seen so many people on LinkedIn with graduation photos as their profile pic even though they graduated over 5 years ago (no offense) or even worse, selfies!!

If you're interested in updating your professional headshot, LinkedIn profile picture, or any of my portrait photography services, I'm offering 1 hour portrait sessions in Stamford, CT and throughout Fairfield and Westchester County starting at $125. With the peak foliage season coming up, we're looking forward to capturing high-quality photos that will make you look your very best online! 

Check out these recent headshots and group shot, Natasha Miller - Headshot Photographer in Stamford, CT, captured for a good looking team in White Plains, NY:

Headshot Photographer in Stamford, CT Photos by Natasha Miller ©Tashography