I am continually looking for new ways to present business portraits which will make them stand out from the standard head shots used by most companies. Here are some options from a recent client shoot. Click on each portrait to enlarge it.
By placing the camera at a low angle and directing Dave to look slightly off camera, we have communicated strength or dominance. Placing Dave in the right third of the image adds another dimension of individuality.
In this case, the photographer is positioned well above the subject at about a 45 degree angle. The position brings David's chin up and adds highlights to his eyes. The off center framing gives the image a unique look. Classically, this might appear to put David in a submissive or inferior position. However, the shoulder angle and a great expression send a message of optimism.
David's image was further processed by diffusing the color to give it a more stylized look.
A square format is another option. To make the portrait more interesting, Tom is shot and cropped off to one side. The compositional effect of placing his head in the top third corner of the image combined with the negative space (black) makes this portrait compelling.
In this final example, I've applied a custom watercolor effect to make Tom's image appear as though it was painted on a canvas.
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