How To Stand Out From the Crowd: Your Business Headshot

Houston Headshot Photography
How To Stand Out From the Crowd:
Your Business Headshot

 

To get ahead in business, you need to be intentional about your brand image and the way you present your products and services.

Remember, the goal is to stand out in business. Especially, when it comes to online marketing. Business professionals need to brand themselves and market their services in a different manner than their competition. Executive portraiture can help you place a cutting edge on your services vs your competitors. Ultimately, determining who ends up getting the phone call.

A Business Portrait is not Just a Picture.
It is your Personal Branding.

Customers want to connect with people who are industry professionals who they feel they can trust. This is why a business portrait is not just a picture. It is your personal branding.

Every industry and corporate position has a unique look and persona for their business portrait. A prime example of this is that a trial attorney would not be photographed in the same manner as a marketing representative or physician.

So when creating or updating your online presence, you need to consider how your personal brand and corporate image can enhance your website and professional bio.

Houston Headshot Photographer

Is it Time to Refresh Your Corporate Image?
Ready to stand out and get ahead of your competition? Call Michael Carr Photography at 713-461-2862 today to schedule your business headshot.

Michael Carr Photography is a commercial portrait studio offering professional corporate portraiture for business leaders. We are a full-service studio, we can handle all phases of your portrait session from the capture phase, retouching and image enhancement phase, and final delivery of your digital business portrait. We frequently work with marketing directors and marketing departments to help them create a cohesive image campaign for their offices. Should your company or art director have specific image requests or guidelines, please let us know. We listen and can meet company expectations and guidelines. Call 713-461-2862 to contact us and schedule your business headshot today, and visit our site here to learn more about our services.

The art of your personal brand: It’s about you!

What IS a Personal Branding photography session? Personal brand photo sessions start with a consultation to get to know you and your branding goals. Sessions usually include headshots, waist up and or ¾ length standing or seated. Because the session is so customized to suit your brand, the types of images we create will vary from one business to another. We always suggest bringing several change of clothes to offer variety to your session and look.

Who is this session for? Short answer – anyone who is representing their brand. Small business owners, solo and entrepreneurs, creative professionals, public figures, coaches, speakers, real estate agents, C Suite executives, and more!

 

Personal Branding Photography

Who is this session for? Short answer – anyone who is representing their brand. Small business owners, solo and entrepreneurs, creative professionals, public figures, coaches, speakers, real estate agents, C Suite executives, and more!

Why do I need a personal branding session? Strong images give your brand a personality. We live in a visual world, and if people can’t see you they don’t know if they can trust you. With your web presence you have a small window of time to build that key first impression.

What can I expect during the session? You can expect a personalized, customized, and not rushed session experience. You will have time to change wardrobe if you like. Ladies: hair and makeup is always recommended and helps you look and feel your best in front of the camera. We partner with a nearby salon that offers this service in their salon or at our studio. It is our goal to make you feel comfortable throughout the session so we can capture your true personality, and keep it fun too.

What can I do with my images?

  1. Social media platforms: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Linked In. Social media posts that include an image receive 120-180% more visibility and engagement.
  2. Your website: Blogs, home page, about me, landing pages, contact me, for example.
  3. Marketing collateral: Business cards, brochures, mailers, or other printed marketing materials.⠀
  4. Press releases, speaking engagements, email signatures, and anywhere you have the opportunity to show people what it would be like to work with you.⠀

Personal Branding Photography
Personal Branding Photography

How do I schedule? Call us: 713-461-2862 and we help get you on our schedule.

Michael Carr Photography is a full time portrait studio based in Houston, Texas. The opinions expressed above are tips gathered from over 20 years working as a full time professional photographer. Business Portraiture is a service we offer at our Galleria location.

To view our portfolio click here or to schedule a portrait session to update your business headshot for a website, bio page or for social media profiles such as LinkedIn, call 713-461-2862.

 

 

Contemporary Men’s Portrait Photography

Gentlemen, it’s time to elevate your image to match your vision with Contemporary Men’s Portrait Photography. Houston Portrait Photographer, Michael Carr, knows when it comes to a man’s professional image, a man wants to be perceived as strong, confident, and trustworthy.

At Michael Carr Photography in Houston, Texas, our Contemporary Men’s Portrait Photography sessions feature magazine-style portraits that empower your vision, your professional image, and your brand. Through proper clothing selection, dramatic lighting, and natural posing, Contemporary Men’s Portraits by Michael Carr Photography sharpen your masculine identity by capturing the tone of your executive presence, confidence, and authenticity.

Contemporary Men’s Portrait Photography

Contemporary Men’s Portrait Photography:
Feel Empowered By Your Own Image

In today’s digital world, we rely less on face to face introductions and focus more on LinkedIn profiles and website business headshots. People want to do business with people they trust and connect with.

Michael Carr, a Contemporary Portrait Photographer in Houston, photographs business professionals, entrepreneurs, physicians, and public figures who want magazine-quality portraits for their website, social media platforms, and marketing collateral to promote their business and control their digital narrative.

Most men are uncomfortable in front of the camera or dislike photographs of themselves. Imagine, a portrait session where you feel empowered by your own image.

Contemporary Men’s Portrait Photography

Our Contemporary Men’s Portrait Photography sessions are designed to make you look natural, masculine, and confident in front of the camera. Here are a few ways we guide you through the photography session to make you look your best.

1. Start with a Consultation

Each Men’s Contemporary Portrait session begins with a consultation to review your session goals, where the images will be used for marketing collateral, and what format and sizes are required for final images.

2. Decide What to Wear to Your Men’s Contemporary Photography Session

Men’s Contemporary Photography sessions focus on you. Your clothing should reflect your professional style and the business image you want to deliver as part of your personal brand. For men, we suggest the following attire:

  • The corporate look is a suit jacket, dress shirt, and tie.
  • A casual business look is often a jacket and open dress shirt, or dress shirt on its own.
  • For a no-jacket casual look, bring several colored shirts – ideally darker than your skin tone.
  • For photography purposes, a white dress shirt by itself is not recommended for everyone. However, a white dress shirt underneath a sports coat photographs well on most men.
  • If you are not sure, feel free to bring a few different jackets, shirt colors and ties so we can assist you with selections.
  • If you tend to have a 5 o’clock shadow in the afternoon, either schedule your session for a morning time slot or plan on shaving before your session if it is in the afternoon.

For more clothing tips on what to wear on your men’s contemporary photography session, visit www.michaelcarr.photography/clothing-tips/.

Contemporary Men’s Portrait Photography

3. Feel at Ease During Your Men’s Contemporary Portrait Session

A traditional headshot may focus on matching a corporate intent or require a generic lighting style that is consistent for most type of subjects. For Men’s Contemporary Portrait sessions, Houston photographer, Michael Carr uses a mixture of dramatically lit photographs using solid backgrounds to bring focus to the subject. Some sessions include elements of simple furnishings to create a more casual portrait image.

To make clients feel at ease during the portrait session, Michael Carr directs each client on body language and posing techniques. In addition, our Houston-based photography studio offers on-set viewing of your session images as they are being captured. This will enhance your portrait session by viewing captured images in real time while on set. When a client sees a preview of their contemporary images, it makes them feel confident in front of the camera.

4. Design Your Men’s Contemporary Portraiture Collection

At the end of your portrait session, you will review your images and make your selection for your Men’s Contemporary Portraiture Collection. Our men’s portrait sessions are time efficient and typically completed within 45 minutes. A digital artist will edit your final images in digital enhancement software to soften puffiness under the eyes, minimize smile lines and refine the portrait.

From the final images, clients select a collection of custom framed prints to display in their office, home, and to give as gifts to loved ones.

Contemporary Men’s Portrait Photography

5. Strengthen Your Brand with Your Men’s Contemporary Portraits

Michael Carr Photography Men’s Contemporary Portraits feature editorial and lifestyle portraits to enhance your visual persona, connect with your audience, and communicate your story. By using your men’s portrait across all your social platforms and marketing collateral, you will elevate your personal branding to match your vision. To strengthen your brand with your contemporary portraits, simply add your contemporary business portraits in your printed marketing collateral, on your website, and display framed portraits in your office.

If you are looking for magazine-quality images to visually appeal to your target market and capture your personal brand, schedule your Corporate Men’s Portrait Photography session today at 713-461-2862.

About Michael Carr Photography

Mr. Carr is a professional photographer with over 25 years of field and studio experience. His work has been published locally and nationally within various industries common to the Houston market. The studio is located in a commercial office building at the corner of Woodway & Chimney Rock. (77057). The studio staff is prepared to assist you with your marketing vision. For a review of our portfolio, visit our website at www.michaelcarr.photography or call 713-461-2862 to book your session.

Business Headshots in Houston

Business Portraits in Houston

Business Portraits in Houston

Michael Carr Photography offers corporate portraits and business headshots in Houston for today’s executives and business leaders. As a professional photographer in the Houston Metropolitan area for over 20 years, his work is widely used in oil and gas industry, financial annual reports and commercial real estate marketing press packets. All corporate executives and business leaders should have a strong headshot or business portrait in their marketing collateral. Your business headshot and corporate portrait should be recent and reflect your personality. Houston corporate portraits can be used for online profiles, company websites and marketing materials as well as LinkedIn profiles.

Our studio is located in a commercial office building off 610/Woodway. The studio is equipped with commercial grade camera and lighting equipment; a variety of professional photography backgrounds, dressing rooms and digital workstations customized for most digital pre-press requirements. Clothing consultations are complimentary and hair and makeup salon services are available upon request. Experience the difference for yourself, we offer a unique product where image is everything.

Michael Carr is a portrait artist who specializes in business portraits. To view more of our portfolio gallery, visit our site here  or call now to schedule your professional business portrait session appointment at 713-461-2862. You can follow us here @michaelcarrphotographyhouston to view recent work and look for upcoming promos.

Business Headshots in Houston

 

 

Corporate Portraits in Houston

It’s 2019 and time to revisit your business leadership page for opportunities to gain and maintain a competitive edge with your online business presence.

Whether you are a marketing director or creative director, your mission is to make sure your company’s imagery matches your brand. Your company’s website and quality of your business images communicate to potential clients how you conduct business. Make it a point today and review your business leadership page.  What statement does this page and the images convey?

If you’re tasked to update your company’s website, here are four tips to make sure your business portraits match your brand.

Houston Headshots

  1. Hire a Professional Photographer

Hiring a Professional Photographer can help you rebrand your company’s website in a positive way.

At Michael Carr Photography, we begin our commercial projects with a consultation meeting with the creative stakeholders to discuss the overall vision of your company’s imagery. We recommend that you have a detailed goal in mind and have a clear objective:

– what is the corporate image you want to portray?

– where will the  images be used within the marketing collateral (web, print, both)?

– what format and sizes are required for final images?

– where will the photo sessions take place: corporate headquarters, on-location, in-studio, off-site?

– what type of background is required: basic white, graphite, gray or environmental?

Plan ahead to provide the business requirements and file specifications for the project during the consultation meeting.

  1. Know Your Options

Your company’s imagery should match your brand. That’s why you need to know your portrait options to conform to your corporate branding. At Michael Carr Photography, we offer a wide range of portrait options including:

– location editorial portraits

– traditional corporate portraits in our studio or on location

– location environmental portraits

– color or black and white portraits in our studio or on location

– head and shoulder, ¾ length portraits, or full-length portraits.

We recommend clients invest in business portraits for the whole team to ensure company branding is consistent from executive leadership to board members, and across all marketing collateral and website imagery. View our corporate portrait portfolio online at MichaelCarr.photography.com or call 713-461-2862 to schedule your business portrait session today.

Houston Business Portrait

  1. Stay Consistent

To provide a positive experience for your audience, it is essential to stay consistent with your website images. Consistency and approachability are the biggest factors that create a competitive edge in business.

As you review your website images, consider the following:

– Does your leadership page have corporate consistency regarding background, and branding?

– Are the backgrounds the same, are the images the same size, is the portrait lighting consistent?

– Is the attire consistent: open collar versus coat and tie?

– Are some images taken in-studio and some outdoors?

– Is the posing style consistent: head tilt versus straight on?

– Are the body crops consistent throughout the page ?

– How dated are the corporate images on your website?

Set a standard for your corporate imagery to match your brand. This way, your image updates for new hires or staff changes in the future will remain consistent.

Corporate headshots

  1. Understand the Value of Your Image

While it might be tempting to select a photographer based on price to save a few dollars, it’s best not to damage your business image with amateur photography. Your first impression should connect with your audience and communicate your corporate brand.  Michael Carr Photography will guide your posing, head position, clothing selection and expressions to capture your best look. When you understand the value of your professional image, you’ll understand why it’s not about price but the desired results.

Call Michael Carr Photography today at 713-461-2862 and experience the difference of a brand-focused commercial session.

 

About Michael Carr Photography

Michael Carr is a full-time Professional Photographer located in a commercial office building within the Memorial area (77057) .  For a review of our portfolio, visit our website at www.Michaelcarr.photography or call 713-461-2862 to book your session.