Reportage corporate headshots are often described as ‘in action’ or ‘meeting’ headshots captured in clients’ offices in London.
The term reportage is applied to this style of headshot as the images are not posed they need to look natural.
Reportage photography, or what’s also known as documentary photography, is a photographic style that captures a moment or event in a narrative fashion, i.e., images that tell a story. Reportage, for example, depicts a story or event in a report-like fashion.
We really enjoy capturing reportage corporate headshots and although it might look like a simple process as all the photographer is doing is taking random shots around an office, it is in fact quite a skill. We encourage the people working in their office or having a meeting to actually carry on with working. The ideal situation is that we would be invisible so hang around for about 10 mins letting people get used to seeing the photographer moving around the office. Once people start getting on with their work then we can start to capture their reportage corporate headshots.
To capture great reportage corporate headshots the photographer has to start to predict when situations will arrive and be ready with the camera pointing at their subject. Someone’s phone rings and the photographer will need to frame up the shot and focus on the person as they pick up the receiver and smile as they say hello. Another example is in a meeting and the director is talking to his employees you can get some wonderful images of people looking very focused and business-like. Then if the director makes a joke you need to be focused and ready to capture the person you wanted to get laughing.
Reportage corporate headshots only make up a small percentage of our corporate headshot commissions but they are becoming more popular. We are seeing clients using them to show a different side to their business. Showing their company to be a warm and friendly place to work.