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Beyond the Headshots: few more tips to get the perfect headshot.

1. Eyes is the main thing

Do not deliver any headshot photo to a client if the eyes are not sharp and crisp. The eyes are the connection with the viewer. These are the first element of your shot they look it at.

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2. Find the best angles

Headshot is not about to master the best lighting only. You need to find the most pleasant angle : Does the subject has long nose? you should avoid to have looking chin down. Control the nose length by moving the chin up slightly.
Everyone has a eye bigger than the other one. Therefore, try to not put this bigger eye close to the lens. Have the subject to face you sideways with the smaller eyes. Remember any object closer to the lens…looks differ. Therefore, control the proportion by moving away from the lens the big elements of the body.


3. Add some separation light

To separate the head from the background which can be a studio background or natural scene, adding some hair light to the subject emphasizes the dynamics of the photo. It could be a flash or the sun.

4. Break the symmetry

Headshot pose is not passport-type pose where the shoulders are facing the lens. Ask your subject to slightly turn away the shoulders and to lean forward the shoulder closer to the lens. The subject can rather stand or sit with one in front and one turned to the back.

Read this interesting article about this topic. 


Avoid shooting from the bottom up can be unflattering for a woman or any person.

if you ask your subject to look sideways, pay attention that the eye ball does not touch the corner. Move the chin more toward the camera.

One good approach to nail the right angle is just to ask the subject to look at you straight into the lens. Next, you ask to move his chin down and up. And chin more to left, up and down, and next to right, up and down. At the end, you end up at least with 9 shots that you can show to your client from your camera live view. You should be able to find out what angle your client loves the most.

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5 Tips to improve your Corporate Event photography?


This is short article that lists few tips for a successful Corporate event photography session.

Tips#1 Lighting in the room

Before the events starts, ensure to know what is the lighting in the room.  Remember you might be not able to use any flash lights during  the events.    Therefore,  bring a camera that performs well in low light situation.


Tip#2 Flash use

Make sure your client is aware if you cannot use a flash since it will affect your photos quality. Also as a general rule, keep your use of flash to a bear minimum specially when photographing candid shot. 


Tip#3 Get unnoticed

Try to be discreet as much as possible.  You definitely don’t want a distraction and certainly not having a attendee giving a bad feedback about the photographer.  You need to move. Do not run around the room!  Be careful if you pass through tables.


Tip#4 Dress like you are part of the team

Most of time,  people attending event are dressed casually.  You can wear a nice shirt in this situation.  But on other occasion, you might need to wear a suit.  click here for more info


Tip#5 Type of shots you must capture

Here a short list of the keys events shots you need to get:

  • Main speaker shot
  • Guest speaker shot
  • Group photo
  • Speaker and Guest photo
  • Guests on stage
  • Candid shot
  • Staff photos
  • Reception photos
  • Fun shots


Thank you for reading this article.  Feel free to contact us if you need an corporate event photographer 🙂




5 Quick Ways to Find New Photography Session Locations

Professional Photographer should always scout for new photography session locations.

First, it diversifies the portfolio and second, it challenges the photographer to work with a different light and background settings.

Going to the same outdoor park ad take over and over the same photo will not be beneficial for the creativity.

How do You find new photography locations?

It was a time, internet did not exist. Now, with technology has come to your rescue: Computer and smartphone.

Here a short list of scouting tools:

Google Earth:

What would be our sense of orientation without Google Earth? This is amazing tool to explore an area without leaving your couch. I’m sure you are familiar with it: you can zoom in or zoom out an area little bit closer, and have a look for areas that look interesting from above. If you’re shooting landscapes, this can be really useful, as you will be able to see the topology of the area.

The same is true if you’re looking to find a more industrial part of town, as that will stand out on a map quite easily. Have a look at this video below to see Google Earth location scouting in action.

Google Street View:

Once you have a new location, check google street views it is offers a virtual tour. Google is good at showing pretty much every road view from different angles.

Here an example of our favorite park in Mountain View

Here an interesting article about finding perfect photography location with google map


This amazing app helps to find when and where sunrise or sunset shoot will happen.

If you have a photo session in a park you are not used to and this photography session appears to be scheduled near sunset, well with PhotoPills, you will now where and when the sun will set.


A must is to visit the location before

Once you have found this new location on your computer; we recommend you drive and visit it before the shoot.

You don’t really meet the clients there and realized the area is closed or part of it is remodeled.
One thing you can do is to grab a kid (yours if you have one or a friend’s) and do a few test shots in the area you wish to take clients to.

Test shot in a newly location :


Urban and abandoned location:

Great photography session location should not always been outdoor park or forest.

Abandoned location could offer great background settings. Those type of locations could be great for Engagement, glamour session or wedding “trash the dress” session.

Maybe less for a family portrait.

Gorgeous driveways, public parking lots, vacant lots etc. can offer great photo.

Urban shoots are a blast.

I wish I could do more and had more requests for them.
The below shot was taken by a parking lot after the family session was over.
The park was just behind the main street.

I walked back with the client and I passed a nice wall brick.

I asked the client to put her daughter by the wall and I snapped quickly this shot.

Don’t break the law:

Most public parks have specific photography laws, rules or guidelines. Ensure you check them. You might need to pay a little fee to shoot.

Take the time to do due diligence before going out on location. Again you don’t want to show up at the park with your client and have a park ranger asking you to leave because you have no permit.

If you love this article and you live in Bay Area,  we have listed here our favorite Bay Area photography locations.

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4 Basics photography Tip to Improve Portrait or Headshot Photos

Family portrait or Headshot for Corporate world photography tips can have huge variations from simple tweaks to your camera settings to the seemingly impossible job of getting children to stay still.

Although many photographers decide to upgrade to a decent DSLR for more control when they get family pictures or pictures of friends, getting great shots of folks is not always as simple it might seem.

For this first blog, we’ll start off with the basic principles on aperture, shutter speed and lens choice, the next series of article will focus on …focusing and image composition techniques.

Whether you’re taking portraits of friends and family or you’ve been hired to photograph a Corporate Business Headshot on-location, and whether you’re shooting in a pristine studio or outside in your local park, the helpful tips below will help to become an improved portrait or headshot photographer.

1. What is exposure compensation?

Your camera’s metering system plays an essential role in picture-taking.

It controls how much light should enter the camera to make an accurate exposure.

It’s very smart, but it’s not completely accurate. The problem with metering is just take an average reading of the scene.

Usually this assumption comes out right, but a metering system can have difficulties every time a frame is focused by areas of extreme brightness or darkness.

Watch this youtube video that explains Exposure compensation

When ever shooting portraits, light pores and skin tones can certainly trick the camera into underexposing the shot.

You’ll notice this more when shooting full-face photographs or when discover lots of white in the scene – if you have photographed wedding,  you metering system can go crazy on the white bride dress.

Shooting in Aperture priority for this specific case might not be recommended.  We will discuss this in another blog entry.

To get started with, try dialing in up to +1 stop of positive Exposure Compensation to lighten up. Review your shots, of course, if you feel you they need to be lightened further, increase it more.


2. Aperture tip

When shooting portraits, it can best to set a wide aperture (around f/2. 8-f/5. 6) to catch a shallow depth of field, so the background behind your subject is nicely blurred, making them stand out better.

Take in Aperture Priority function to control depth of field; in this method your DSLR will helpfully set the shutter acceleration for a correct coverage.

Some portrait lenses (Canon F1.2 85mn) can have even larger maximum apertures (from f/1. 4 to f/2. 8) in order to blur the backgrounds even further.

Difference between f5.6 and f1.8 is the background blur effect


3. What should I do with my Shutter Speed?

Shutter speed controls how sharp is your image.

Shooting a waterfall to get the silky effect (slow shutter speed) versus shooting an action sport scene (fast shutter speed) requires understanding of what the shutter speed does for you.

A general rule, when shooting family portrait or headshot, make sure your shutter is always higher than your focal length.

For instance at 85mm at  1/160 sec shutter speed is a good start.

F1.2 with 85 mn lens.  Our shutter speed was around 1/160

Although it won’t help if your subject is moving around quickly, don’t forget to use your camera’s anti-shake system as well.

Not every zoom lens will feature this technology though, but if you contain it – use it. You’ll be able to shoot handheld at much lower shutter speeds than you would otherwise normally be able to do but still come away with pin-sharp shots.

4. Why or When do I need to change my ISO?

Let’s say you have set the aperture and you don’t want to change it such as blurring the background effect as explained above.

Now if your subject is moving,  you might need a high shutter speed in order to freeze the action and avoid any ghosting effect.

You want to keep your photo sharp. Right?

In this case, you will boost your ISO.

By doing this, your camera light meter will tell you your shot might end up overexposed. So now, you can increase your shutter speed to get the right amount of light getting into your camera.

This tip or trick will ensure to take sharp photos .

Increase ISO to increase your shutter speed when objects are moving

That it for our first blog entry.  If you have any comments,  please post it ! 🙂

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