Nothing like a little corporate portrait action to keep you thinking. This was for IBM. Or IBM Systems Magazine to be exact. As you can see by the story headline, "Clients Find a Winner When They Explore the Differences Between Linux on Commodity Servers and Linux on Power," we had no idea what the heck the article was about. Our job was just to make Jim Wasko, VP of Open Systems Development at IBM, look cool...and open. That was a play on words in case you missed it. Jim was great, game for all our crazy plans including using this awesome green wall we found in the office supply room. The result was him channeling Agent Smith in the Matrix, which I love. In the bottom photo you can see me really trying to sell the green wall, while Christopher and Jim looked on dubiously. Ended up being my favorite portrait spot though. And I managed to steal some toner. Sheesh, totally joking, who even uses toner anymore?
Leah stands in and shows us all how to pose!
NashCO has been enjoying doing a lot of corporate headshots these days, professional people looking, well, professional. Peter Hurley, headshot photographer extraordinaire, has a whole prescribed method for making folks look as fabulous as possible. Some great tips there, which often boil down to us saying things like, "Think like a turtle, stick that forehead out....more, more.....really stick it out there. Feels weird, looks good!" These comments are often met with deep looks of skepticism, like we might be punking them. However, as we try to explain, the goal is a strong jawline, one that creates separation from your neck. Even if you're not getting your head shot by us anytime soon, that is no reason you can't still look amazing. So here are a few quick tips on us:
1. Stick your forehead out and chin down slightly (like I said....defined jawline). If you feel the skin around your neck stretching, you are doing it right.
2. Turn slightly to the side and dip the front shoulder. This gives you dimension and is slimming. You will also want to be standing up straight with your shoulders back, even if you are tall slouching does no one any good.
3. Find the light. It is your friend. (or ask us to create a lighting setup that is flattering)
4. Think open, happy, friendly thoughts....believe me, it will show.
There. Now you are camera ready, go forth and pose.