His Excellency Aethien wrote:
idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
We got headshots done for our website at work. These are, undoubtedly, the worst pictures of me ever taken. And that's not an exaggeration. I look so uncomfortable, because the photographer was so freaking creepy...
Was he hitting on you?
Also, as a photographer, there is nothing worse than shots like that because nobody likes the way they look in photos, nobody is willing to cooperate because they're forced to do this sh*t by their boss and they really don't want to and the result is sh*tty photos all around.
We are in the process of getting these done here also, and boy did you sum it up nicely Aethien. Nail, meet hammer.
I am hating the idea of this, because I know no matter how I try to act nonchalant and relaxed, the photo will look like a big uptight doofus trying to look nonchalant and relaxed. And our photographer is one of the guys in the office who has been using a digital camera we've had for a few years. I actually toyed with the idea of getting them done professionally on the weekend, but that would involve spending my hard-earned money for a website that is going to be an embarrassment anyway.
I'll never understand these websites people throw together. I thought the purpose was to attract business, not cause people to run screaming from their computer monitors. Invest a little money. Have the website professionally developed and bring in a photographer to take not just head shots, but spend the day while people work and take photos to populate the website with. I think we're actually going to have stock photos of a conference room . . .
For the photos, go to the nearest park and shoot them under the trees (to avoid direct sunlight, so cloudy weather works too). The reason to go outside is that inside you likely have these monstrosities
in the office and the vile light they give makes everyone look sick or dead, if you're lucky enough to work with more regular lightbulbs you're still **** for photos since those are so orange in colour that they'll kill all skin tones.
The sun on the other hand has the tendency to make people look more alive but bright sun results in squinting eyes, shooting into the sun or very hard shadows that turn your face into a mess of black and white shapes because the camera can't handle the contrast.
Other than that you want people as comfortable and relaxed as possible (another thing where a few hours outside do a world of good). If you have all that it's a matter of not giving a **** what you look like for the person who's being photographed and taking lots and lots of photos so you can pick the best one.