A portrait used to be quite a serious affair, and would likely involve a trip to a studio where you would pose self-consciously against a backdrop of some kind.
While there is still a place for that, there are many other options too. It’s perfectly possible to have a less formal photograph in a different setting but remain professional. One that relates to your working environment perhaps, or that you feel comfortable in.
There are some great examples of business portraits out there – a quick internet search will give you lots of ideas of how you can present yourself and your business in a way that reflects your business personality.
Instead of an awkward group photograph, why not mix it up a bit and try some different poses. Use stairs, walls, corners of buildings. Simply positioning people at different angles with some forwards, some back adds a whole new dimension.
- Think about the personality that you want to project
- Make sure everybody dresses accordingly – have a dress code
- Consider the colours – there is no right or wrong, but do you want to look like a rainbow or a funeral?
- Think about the environment you are photographed in – what style suits your business?
- What locations could you use?
- Research and practise some different poses. What feels comfortable?
- Do you need any props?
Here are some ideas that I’ve collected recently https://www.pinterest.com/mrsbradpitt/business-headshots/