The Not So Corporate Headshot

Headshot of man in blue velvet coat on dark gray background

Headshot of woman wearing blue jean jacked on tan backgroundThere are going to be situations in your career where a traditional, corporate headshot will just not make the cut. Not everyone wants a corporate job. This is where “not-so-corporate” headshots come into play.

The internet now provides a range of ways for creators to build themselves successful careers.

If that’s you, then you will know the importance of showing off your creative personality to potential clients.

How can you do that remaining professional? Let’s discuss the alternative!

What Is A Non-Corporate Headshot?

A non-corporate headshot is packed full of your personality.

It is more focused on you rather than your brand. However, it’s just as important in reflecting your brand. That’s why this type of headshots are more popular amongst creatives. Ones wanting to present a more relaxed and casual personal brand.

Non-corporate vs Corporate Headshots

Don’t worry if you’re unsure which type of headshot will suit your needs more.

During the discover call, our lead photographer Allison can point you in the direction of which headshot type aligns with your goals and brand.

Musician Headshot HoustonIn the meantime, here is a brief comparison of the two:

A non-corporate headshot is not just about the individual, but also everything else that is captured in that headshot.

While you do need to consider your outfits, makeup, and background with a corporate headshot, you don’t have as much creative freedom if you want it to look professional. With a non-corporate headshot, you can play around with lights, colors, poses, and location.

During the shoot itself, there is more room for spontaneity.

When we help clients plan a corporate headshot photoshoot, we usually plan to do it in the studio. Allison works with these clients to photograph the type of headshot that best suits their profession.

This helps us to make the client look professional and appealing to the corporate world.

However, when we are planning a non-corporate headshot shoot, we take into account a general feel and direction. As opposed to planning out every pose or emotion.

We encourage our clients to find a location that allows our photographers to get creative. This allows for a more relaxing and laid-back shoot, rather than a traditional set of headshots.

Who Are Non-Corporate Headshots For?

Anyone who has a creative career or uses creative platforms to promote themselves can make full use of a non-corporate headshot.

This includes:

  • Artists
  • Dancers
  • Musicians
  • Influencers
  • Authors
  • Designers

Or, if your career requires you to present yourself as friendly and casual, then you could also use a non-corporate headshot.
For example, if you’re a:

  • Therapist
  • Physiologist
  • Personal trainer

How To Make A Non-Corporate Headshot Work For You?

Therapist Headshot HoustonA non-corporate headshot is all about you and capturing your individuality. To translate your personality visually, you have to take everything into account. From the location to your clothes.

Location

The last thing you want to do when planning your non-corporate photoshoot is to choose a traditional, business environment. An art studio or theatre will work fine but avoid shooting in offices or professional places.

You want to be able to relax during your shoot and a corporate setting will make it difficult to present yourself as casual.

Allison will meet with you before you shoot to brainstorm locations that will reflect your personal brand.

We usually advise outdoor shoots as they allow for more creative freedom. But we will have ample ideas for an in-studio shoot if you prefer.

Color

We tend to keep our corporate headshots less colorful and more monotone. This keeps the headshot looking professional. But with a non-corporate headshot, we like to incorporate a fun color palleted into our shoots.

If you already have a personal brand established with your own color palleted then we can use that as a starting point for your headshot photoshoot.

If you don’t, that’s okay too! Allison can help you create a color pallet that will reflect your personality.

Remember, too much color and your images will look too busy and hectic. But too little, and you boarder on a traditional headshot.

We will help you strike the perfect balance before your shoot so that your clothes, makeup, and accessories are in line with your image. So contact us today!

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