Case Study 

Corporate Headshot and Portraits of CEO – Hello Soda

About the Photography Commission

The Brief – 12 corporate headshots and executive portrait of their CEO

The guys at Hello Soda, an international big data and text analytics company headquartered in Manchester, needed some corporate headshot portraits taking of their sales team and directors, plus a corporate portrait of their CEO, James Blake. Like most of the people we photograph in a corporate environment they had commissioned other photographers in the past, who, in their words, had made the experience, “awkward and painful’. Not surprising when you consider lots of photographers set up with no training just an expensive camera. Imagine how awkward and painful a visit to the dentist would be if they had set up with no training, just a big drill.

Hate having your picture taken – read this

We had Colin over to take headshots for the whole sales team, as well as some corporate portraits of our CEO. Colin made the whole experience something fun instead of something awkward and painful like with other photographers. Our CEO is notoriously hard to please when it comes to photos of himself, and these are the first that I have seen him genuinely like. Will definitely be back to Colin for our future needs.

Clare Palmer Hello Soda

We’ve hundreds of reviews like this spread across, Google, Linkedin and Facebook. Read on to find out how we get such favourable results from people who hate having their picture taken in a work environment.

How our Process, Package and Prices work

How we get winning expressions and happy subjects on every shoot

Our corporate photography packages and pricing structure has been designed to allow us to spend enough time with each person we photograph to get the best results. Over the last 10 years shooting corporate photography, we’ve developed a really efficient 10 minute per headshot process that results in great portraits and happy people:

    1. Introduce, explain, enquire about likes, dislikes, relax and find common ground
    2. Study facial shape and form, light each person as an individual finding the best light for them.
    3. Take some pictures and show results – this step has an amazing effect and starts to build trust and confidence
    4. A much more confident person now gives feedback and we make amends to lighting etc
    5. Continue shooting and showing until we shoot a portrait you are happy with

    This process has resulted in us being one of the most in demand headshot and portrait companies for actors and business people in the UK and 100’s of customer reviews across Google, Facebook and LinkedIn. Plus this managed process allows customers to plan and budget their shoot by simply multiplying the number of people they need photographing by 10 minutes, add in 20 minutes for us to set up photography studio on your site and then choose one of our time on site packages here

    Breakdown of time and costs

    Time and shoot costs – 3 hours £425

    Hello Soda opted for our 2 hour package with the option to purchase an extra hour on the shoot day, should they need it. On the day of the shoot we set up a studio in the break out area of their office and took headshot portraits of 12 members of the team in 10 minutes slots against an infinity white background. Followed by a location scout to find a suitable location to take full, half and 3/4 length portraits of their CEO James Blake. On the floor above we found a wonderful area with views of Manchester city centre, an ideal backdrop for a company that analysis social data. So we moved the studio up a floor and proceeded to shoot business executive portraits of James the CEO. It took 3 hours to complete the shoot and after experiencing our professionalism, skills and service, Hello Soda was very happy to pay for the extra hour.

    How to work out costs of your own corporate shoot

    You can easily estimate the cost of a corporate shoot using our time on site pricing structure on our website. Invest a little time reading about how long it takes us to shoot each type of corporate photograph, add in studio set up time and your good to go. It’s much quicker and clearer than emailing for quotes and your guaranteed great results or your money back.

    Added Value Services we included for Hello Soda

    How our added value service helped Vets Now

    To be honest we have a vested interested in offering all our clients these added value service free of charge and here’s why

    • Shoot Planning

      Help and advice planing your shoot – means we are all more efficient and effective

    • Headshot Portrait Styling

      Help and advice with clothing, background and colours – means our photography looks great when displayed on your website

    • Makeup

      Help and advice about ladies make up – means the females we photograph don’t look shiny and greasy under studio lighting

    • Cloud based image library

      All customer get their own cloud based image storage portal for sharing and downloading images in different sizes for internet usage or printing – means we don’t crash your companies email system sending huge image files to you and your self sufficient

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