Many of my clients ask for unique backgrounds for their headshots or group portraits that feature beautiful office spaces, venues, or homes. These backgrounds are popular because they draw attention and interest, but capturing business portraits in these spaces isn’t always possible for a variety of reasons (e.g. access, logistics, weather/lighting limitations, etc.). So another option is to produce green screen headshots (also known as Chroma key) in the studio and replace the backgrounds in post production.

Here is a sample of a business headshot I photographed in-studio for a local realtor.

green screen headshot shot in studio

After this was photographed, we chose a background of a beautiful residential space and placed his business headshot into the background with some Photoshop magic. The background was “blurred” to draw attention to my client. It also allows his graphic designer to drop in a logo and a title in the space on the right of the image. Alternatively, the photo can be cropped closer if just the head and shoulders headshot is needed for web advertising or business cards.

green screen headshot for realtor

Another background was selected as well, and it was easy to place the headshot into a new space with little additional Photoshop editing required.

Some of the keys to making this all work are: the studio lighting placement, background selection, and colour grading. Knowing what the background will be in advance is important to making the final composite image look as realistic as possible.

Most of the backgrounds I prefer selecting have a brighter and/or generally muted colour palette, which helps to minimize the contrast between the headshot and the background. Knowing that the background is going to be generally brighter means adding some back lighting or rim lighting to the subject’s photo.

Colour grading or matching tones is another important ingredient. Compare the top image with the bottom one. Notice that the warmer skin tone of the top image fits better with the residential background due to the similar warmish tone.

Headshots from the green screen process rarely look as good as shooting in the actual space, but it’s an acceptable compromise when certain access or seasonal limitations keep us from shooting on location. One way to add fidelity to the image is to apply a tighter crop. This can usually help because it removes much of the background distraction, but includes just enough of the background to maintain context.

green screen headshot cropped

If you would like more information about producing headshots, group photos, or commercial images using this green screen technique, feel free to drop me a line!

This is a dramatic business headshot taken for a Randstad tech recruiter at the studio using the new Canon 5D MK IV (Mark 4) using a mix of natural ambient lighting and strobe lighting by Elinchrom and their Rotalux light modifiersHead hunter headshot employment staffingThis dramatic business headshot are influenced by actor headshots often seen in hollywood portfolios. Lighting is darker edgy and is intended to draw attention to the shape and contour of the face. dramatic headshot for a high tech recruiterIf you would like to produce similar headshots for your own business use, contact me for rates and availability.

With the recent early winter snowfall in Metro Vancouver, there was an increase in the number of headshot portrait inquiries for on-site at my client’s offices. Mobile headshots services are a common service I provide to my corporate clients who need profile photos for their staff, but need the work to be done in a time effective way that won’t add any unnecessary work disruptions.

My mobile headshot studio normally consists of professional studio lighting gear that can fit into almost any space to produce professional looking headshots that appear like they were shot in a commercial studio. I often use boardrooms, lunch rooms, or even office lobbies – so long as there is space to set up my equipment, I can produce modern-looking headshots at reasonable rates.

mobile headshots for a high-tech software company
Mobile Headshots for a Vancouver Software Company

These are the web profile headshots produces for a recent mobile headshots shoot for a healthcare software company in Vancouver’s Gastown district. The light gradient grey background was chosen in advance to compliment their branding and website colours.

These were shot in the company’s staff/meeting room, which was a medium sized room that accommodated the setup of a large seamless backdrop, and professional lighting gear for the main light and background light, along with the grip equipment.

Following the session, an online photo proofing gallery was set up to allow my clients to select their best photos. Their selected headshots were then prepared and delivered within a couple of days. So if you need a fast turn-around time, I’m more than happy to accommodate!

I offer excellent group rates for departments or businesses that need new photos for web profiles, LinkedIn, editorial stories, or for print marketing purposes. So if you are interested in producing custom headshots for your business at your office location, please contact us today for rate info and availability!

These two studio headshots were photographed at the same session with two lighting setups for two distinct looks. The Studio Dark look on the left conveys a more dramatic look, while the look on the right is brighter with softer lighting.

Studio lighting looks for headshots
Studio Dark (left) and Studio Bright (right) lighting looks

Notice the difference in shadows around the face. The headshot on the left has darker shadows around the jawline, which helps to shape my client’s face. The headshot on the right has more even lighting across the face, and appears softer and brighter overall.

Although both these headshots were photographed at the same time of day, the configuration of studio lights, type of modifiers and reflectors has a big impact on the overall look and feel of the headshots.

If you are looking to produce two different looks during your photo session, get in touch with us for details on what type of headshot session would work best to meet your goals.

Here are some headshots for Vancouver business coaches I photographed at the studio against a seamless white backdrop. The headshots were produced for use on their Vancouver-based leadership coaching website and other marketing materials.
headshots for business coaches in Vancouver

The clean white “high key” background was a good choice for versatility. The white backdrop produces headshots are simple, yet fresh and modern. leadership coach headshots

If you are interested in producing similar headshots for your coaching business, please get in touch with us for rate information and availability. Headshot sessions can be done at the studio or on site at your office.

A studio headshot mini session is the perfect way to produce a professional-looking portraits for Canadian medical residency applications (CaRMS). These session take 20 – 30 minutes in-studio and are photographed with professional lighting against a plain backdrop. The photographer will help you with posing in a relaxed environment that will help you look your best. All you need to do is come prepared with business casual attire, and hair and makeup done (optional, but recommended).

You’ll get to select the top two headshots for use in your application and we also provide custom cropping and file sizes for CaRMS applications at no additional charge. Turn-around time is usually 2 days, and rush priority service is also available. Special group discounts are available starting from groups of two or more. For current information about accepted photos for the residency matching service, visit the CaRMS website.

CaRMS headshot photo in Vancouver for UBC medical professionals
Medical resident headshot photo

RecycleSmart is a Richmond-based recycling company that asked me to produce a series of creative headshots for their staff that they could use on their website and other marketing materials. Each person brought in a personal item that helped to characterize them in a fun way, and these are some of the results:

Fun corporate headshots by Pro Headshots Vancouver

Not all corporate headshot session need be static and traditional. Companies can really separate themselves apart by producing unique images that highlight their company culture. By producing these sorts of fun photos, RecycleSmart helped to promote staff morale and attract new clients and employees to their brand.

All photos were shot on-site at their Richmond office, and everyone made the whole experience fun and entertaining. I’m looking forward to seeing how they use these photos for their business going forward!

 

 

I did this headshot session with Sandeep over the summer. We shot outdoors using a mix of strobe lighting and natural lighting (a la Cinematic Headshot). Sandeep wanted something shot on location that would be different from the other realtors in town, so I chose a location with an interesting set of background cool bokeh options.

Surrey and Vancouver Realtor headshot outdoors

These realtor headshots were shot using Canon 580EX flashes and Westcott softboxes. What I loved most about working with Sandeep was his easy going nature and openness to showing his personality in the photos. The fact that he’s a sharp dresser with good attention to detail didn’t hurt one bit – All signs of a good up and coming real estate agent. I’m looking forward to see how he uses these realtor headshots in his Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley realty business marketing.

Metro Vancouver Realtor Headshots Metro Vancouver Realtor business headshot

The team photo below is an example of another composite corporate group photo created in Adobe Photoshop CC from 7 separate digital business headshot portraits. These types of photo composites are great for company websites and print marketing when the option to add or remove people is needed. It was shot against a pure white background in studio for the specific purpose of maximizing flexibility in the future to modify the team size over time.

How often have you scheduled a corporate group photo only to have one or two people become unavailable for the photo session? Do you reschedule and hope to find another date and time that works for everyone? Composite team photos offer you flexibility in these types of situations. You can photograph everyone that is present, then add team members missing from the photo at a later date.

Composite team photo created from separate headshots taken at my Vancouver photo studio.
Composite team photo created from separate headshots taken at my Vancouver photo studio.

Composited group photos created using Adobe Photoshop offer a good way for business to add and remove people from their group or team photos. In the example below, 5 separate photos were put together to create what looks like a team photo (aka. faux group shot!). Since each person is on their own Photoshop layer, it is easy to add team members. Each person in the photo can also have their photo taken at different times – so if someone wasn’t able to make it to the photo shoot, no problem. They can be photographed separately and added later to produce a nice panorama shot for an “about us” page banner.

photoshopped composite group photo