THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO
BRAND PHOTOGRAPH Y AND BUSINESS HEADSHOTS
The Ultimate Guide to
Brand Photography and Business Headshots
Are you an entrepreneur or small business owner in Scotland who knows your brand visuals are frankly a bit rubbish?
Who knows you really can't get away with this for much longer if you're ever going to really grow this business of yours?
You've thought about getting "proper" photographs ... one day ... but really, you'd rather clean the toilet (again) than try than figure out how to get all this photo stuff done.
Lucky for you, then, that I've put together the complete guide to getting the best brand photography, business portraits, and headshot photography in Scotland!
So put the toilet brush down and read on. This is worth it.
HALLO AND WELCOME!
I'm Donna Green
I'm a brand photographer in Edinburgh, Scotland with an equal love of Gaelic profanities, bagpipes, and '80s hard rock. Unless you're freaked out already, you can find out more about me here. (Whisky and ice cream feature too!)
In this guide I'm going to show you how professional brand photography helps you get visible, get confident, and get booked. You can see my services for brand photography in Scotland here.
What IS brand photography?
A brand photographer is a commercial photographer who photographs all or some - or even just one - of these different aspects of business.
Brand photography is simply an umbrella term for brand photography, personal branding photography, and headshot photography.
What is a commercial photographer?
Commercial photographers photograph anything that's for sale and they photograph everything from food to products to buildings to people. It's a vast spectrum.
Here's some examples of commercial photography for you. I photographed these for Kirsty at My Happy Journal a couple of years ago, and I haven't done any commercial photography since as I find it so blooming boring.
It's okay, I'm allowed to say I found it boring - Kirsty eventually became a good friend after she booked several photography sessions with me, and she knows I find photographing products only like this utterly soul-sucking. Someone's gotta do it, but it's not going to be me, just so's you know! Products as PART of a brand shoot? Absolutely. Products only? Nah.
What is a brand photographer?
A brand photographer gives a business a collection of bespoke images carefully designed to represent that company visually for marketing purposes. It doesn't usually focus on a business owner herself, but rather the brand as a whole.
This is a non-alcoholic drinks brand where the brief was "cafe culture" and "friends socialising enjoying the drink". I photographed these in Café St Honoré in Edinburgh - French cafe in Scotland that really DOES have a great French feel. The people in these images are stakeholders in the company but the focus is not on them personally.
What is a personal branding photographer?
Personal branding photography represents individual business owners or entrepreneurs who ARE their business, and as well as representing the service provided, it gives a glimpse into who the entrepreneur behind the business actually is. It's brand photography ... But more personal.
These photographs show my client working in her home office, at her drawing board with books, and with her beloved dog who's a big part of her life. When planning her business photographs, we looked at the themes of how she works and where, and what she's like as a person - she's a huge dog lover so that was an important one to capture!
What is a headshot photographer?
Business headshot photography is generally used for professional and business purposes.
A professional headshot should be sharp, well lit, and show one person looking directly into the camera. A traditional business headshot is tightly cropped in to show head and shoulders only, but increasingly now, the term "headshots" encompasses half body shots too.
These are my favourite kinds of headshots! I like using the background to add a little extra interest, and if we can get the background to say something about the business owner too, even better! I photographed all these fabulous female business owners in Edinburgh, Scotland, except two ... Where I ventured to the wild west of Bathgate and Glasgow!
What are business portraits?
Any of the above where there the focus is primarily on people! You can find out more about what this looks like on my services for brand photography in Scotland here.
What's the difference personal branding photography and headshots?
A headshot is like your business is saying hello to someone; personal branding photography is like continuing the conversation.
A good headshot shows what you look like, but it only hints at your personality and who you are.
Personal branding photography goes so much further than a headshot. It shows not only what you look like, but it conveys and illustrates:
Professional headshots are a great start, but nowadays they’re the bare minimum any business needs to succeed.
Why do you need brand photography?
And why is it such a vital investment in your business that needs to be made early on?
It positions you properly in your market place
Brand photography makes you look expert, relevant, current, professional, and it attracts your ideal client.
It positions you in your market as the best choice for the people you’re working so hard to attract. The people you love working with!
Your photography visually communicates what your brand is all about - and your brand is one of the most important pieces of your business in the modern world.
It shows people who you are, what your business stands for, how it’s the right choice for them, and is currently a HUGE differentiator between you and your competitors.
Your visual communication is critical
Long before people are going to read what you write, they’re going to make judgements on what they see. If your pictures are top notch, that suggests what you’ve written will be worth reading.
Each photograph must serve a purpose and it must sell for you. Your images need to make people think about you and your business the way you WANT them to think. Great brand photography directly influences how people perceive you and your brand.
When you get professional brand photography, your brand visuals are consistent. And consistency in your visual communication makes people trust you.
You come across as reliable, decisive, and unwavering in your purpose. People know what to expect from you. They don’t need to waste too much mental energy in having to think because they know what they’ll get from you.
Following you is then nice and comfortable - an easy option - because your consistency in visuals and your messaging makes them feel safe. And they don't have to think too much. What’s not to love?
Spot on visual communication shows you value your business, you value your clients, and you value yourself.
It helps you stand out in a sea of noise
It's busy out there …
You have to stand out and be noticed amongst all these other business owners. According to the Scottish Government, in Scotland in 2021 there were:
And that's just for local businesses. If you're an online business? You need to stand out from the rest of the WORLD!
My free checklist and workbook on “5 ways to get your business visible, fast” will help you do this:
It saves you time
Personal branding photography and professionally taken business portraits saves you time in figuring out what to post on social media and trying to source images.
Have you ever spent hours trawling stock image websites, only to finally use it then find out later the same photograph is on about ten of your competitors’ websites too? Ugh!
On the other hand, taking your own photographs, particularly if you’re not a professional brand photographer, can lose you DAYS of time every year.
If your expertise isn’t in photography, you really won’t do your business justice. You might want to have a think about how selfies on your website destroy your brand …
Bespoke brand photography is completely unique so you don’t need to worry about looking like everyone else. It’s very quick to dip into your own image bank and find exactly the right image for your social media posts.
Often, even the act of scrolling through your online gallery of business portraits and brand images sparks content ideas for social media and your blog.
Feel more than just confident in your online presence - be proud of it!
Your website and your social media are your shop windows. So you need to dress them properly!
Are you a bit embarrassed about how you appear online?
You know you’re highly skilled at what you do and you provide a staggeringly good service to your clients, but you’re not quite sure your website and social media posts show that. Bummer! Imagine if you fixed that ...
Wouldn’t it be great to invite people over to your digital home and feel proud of it? And know that what people see truly reflects who you are and what you can do?
Be ready for opportunities
You’ve just been called by a journalist who’s interested in what you do and wants to feature you in a publication.
If you can't at LEAST give them a professionally taken business portrait or headshot, you’re going to blow this opportunity.
Create yourself a proper media pack which includes some top notch photographs of yourself so you’ll be ready for anything.
Where can you use your brand photography and business portraits?
Everywhere you promote your business, pretty much!
Brand photography is an investment in time, effort, and money, but look at all these places you not only CAN use your new photos, but you SHOULD use them.
Here’s a quick list ... Have I missed anything out? Let me know!
How to create your perfect brand photographs
Right. You now understand why proper brand photography is so important, don't you?
Let's now dive into how you actually get yourself some of this vital stuff! We're going to cover:
How to plan your brand photography
You know that old saying, "prior planning prevents p**s poor performance?" Yep. That. This guide will sort you out.
How to create your brand photography
What do I wear? Where do we go? What do I DO? Help! (Don't worry. I'll show you here.)
How to prepare for your brand photography
What do you need to do to get ready for your brand photography shoot? Find out here.
How to plan your brand photography
This is really what separates an exceptional brand photographer from an average brand photographer - more work goes into the planning than the actual photographing.
Any half-decent portrait photographer can take photos which make you look good, but a proper brand photographer will analyse your business, your messaging, your positioning, and come up with a strategic plan for representing all this in images.
You COULD have some “nice” images of you which make you look good, but that’s only a very basic starting point.
A small handful of nice portraits of yourself will show people what you look like, but if there’s no solid strategy behind the creation - and the display! - of your brand photographs, you need to really consider whether it’s a worthwhile expenditure at all.
Read on to find out various aspects of visual communication that a good brand photographer will dig into with you...
Identify your values
More and more nowadays, consumers are using their buying power to support or boycott brands whose values they do or don’t align with. Buying is often now a political act, a statement, and we as consumers are well aware that brands can have an important role in effecting positive change.
You can’t - and shouldn’t - appeal to everyone, but if you’re dead clear on your brand values and you know what’s your why, it’s so much easier to hone in and attract the people you really want to work with.
Your brand photographs and business portraits play a crucial part in this, and a good brand photographer will take the time to have a really good dive into your brand values so he/she can come up with a solid plan for translating them into your images.
Before they read anything about you, your blog, or business, or otherwise, your potential customers and clients will see your brand ethos expressed visually and you better believe they’ll make judgements on it.
Read more about the importance of your brand values.
My brand values
Looking at my own brand values, I reckon "autonomy" is probably the word I keep coming back to most.
Because I believe that when more women have autonomy in their lives, including practical and financial control of themselves and what they do, the world will be a better place.
As a branding photographer I play a part in this as I help female entrepreneurs in Scotland achieve success.
You can read more about why I'm a personal branding photographer - does any of resonate with you?
If "autonomy" is one of my primary brand values, the sentiment I keep coming back to is "Don't be a dick."
I could word it more politely, perhaps. But this is the phrase that I hear in my head, so why change it?
And I don't just mean not being a dick to others. Don't be a dick to yourself either. Or allow others to be one to you. There's a pretty high chance you don't actually deserve it.
I think this is a GREAT rule to live by! What do you reckon?
Find out more about my brand values.
Find out your brand archetype
You as a small business owner have probably created an “ideal customer avatar”, but have you ever done the same thing for your brand?
Back in the 1940s, Swiss psychologist Carl Jung developed a set of common personality archetypes: categorisation of behavioural patterns, values, and motivations all wrapped up into a “persona”.
So what’s this to do with your small business and why should you know what your brand archetype is?
Your business should clearly present its own distinct personality, and when it aligns with a certain brand archetype, your ideal clients and customers should subconsciously recognise it right away. Your business will more quickly, easily, and deeply resonate with some people the minute they come across it, whilst others will move swiftly on.
Which is EXACTLY what you want.
You can discover your brand archetype here, and a good brand photographer will draw on your archetype when creating images which properly represent your business so they’ll attract your ideal clients.
It’s not only your visuals which hugely benefit from the influence of your archetype though - so do your words. Copywriting becomes more focused, and even writing social media posts and blog posts becomes easier when you use your archetype as a guide.
Knowing your brand archetype is also a very useful filter for you when making business decisions as you can ask yourself “does this option align with my archetype”?
If you’d like to know more about this, I recommend you get hold of “The Hero and the Outlaw: Building Extraordinary Brands Through the Power of Archetypes”. It’s a staple on my business bookshelf.
Identify the pain points you address for your ideal client
Your photographs need to visually convey your solutions to clients’ problems. Your service or products may provide the perfect answer, but words on their own aren’t enough - you need to make sure your brand photography and business portraits show what you do and how it will help.
Your photographer should make sure he/she has a solid understanding of your ideal client in order to craft images which will show instantly why YOUR solution is the best.
What problems do you solve for your clients?
Can you answer these questions?
Dig really deeply into your business
The strategy and planning process you go through with your brand photographer will identify all this and clearly lay everything out so this information can be represented in photographs which will help you sell.
Think about personal boundaries
There’s definitely a continuum of how personal you want to go when putting yourself and your business out there. Are you the type who’s pretty unfiltered and are happy showing yourself warts and all?
Or are you more considered and guarded in your approach and only want to let people to see certain aspects of who you are and what you’re all about?
Some small business owners are happy to show photographs of themselves and their family in their messy kitchen, or of them belly dancing with aaaaaall the jiggle, or share some deeply personal stories with accompanying images to illustrate them.
There’s no right or wrong. But you really should have an idea of where your limits are, and stick to them. Sharing these limits with your photographer will make the planning process easier as he/she won’t waste time coming up with various ideas for shots which you’re just not comfortable with.
Consistency is what you're after!
HOW MUCH OF "YOU" ARE YOU HAPPY SHARING IN PUBLIC?
Moving on to the visuals ...
You've done a lot of hard thinking about your brand strategy.
Time to start contemplating the type of visuals that align with your business.
Trawl Pinterest for ideas
Ohhhh, Pinterest! That glorious (or hellish? Your choice!) rabbit hole …
Get yourself a cup of tea, and set a timer for how long you’ll allow yourself to search for ideas for your brand photography and business portraits.
Create yourself a new Pinterest board and call it something like “My personal branding photography inspo photos”. (Top marks for originality - but you might as well be clear!)
A good place to start is searching for “personal branding photography for [what you do; eg, copywriters, business coaches, yoga instructors, etc]".
See what comes up and just save the images that jump out at you to your new board. Don’t think about them too deeply at this stage.
The key here is to use Pinterest only for inspiration and ideas - you absolutely shouldn’t attempt to recreate exactly any of the shots you see on Pinterest, because remember, you and your business are unique!
Let all these things you’ve pinned percolate and marinade for a wee while then when you go back to them later, you’ll no doubt be able to bin a load of them as you’ll know they’re just not right for you.
And you’ll feel slightly clearer on what sorts of things ARE right for you.
Create your own mood board
Once you’ve had a play (or spent days - don't blame me!) on Pinterest, it’s time to make a proper mood board.
I’ve written an article on mood boards for personal branding photography which gives you all you need to know about how to do this and why.
Mood boards are really important in the whole process of getting brilliant brand photography for your business so don't skip this!
How to create your brand photography
You and your brand photographer have put the work into identifying the fundamentals of your brand which inform how your brand photography is created.
Now it's time to design your brand photo shoot - we'll look at props, posing, locations, and what to wear.
What props should you use in your brand photography shoot in Edinburgh, Scotland?
Props in your brand photography and business portraits really strengthen your story and help your ideal client imagine working with you.
Everything we place in the frame of your photographs should contribute to the overall message you’re trying to convey to your audience.
Here are some ideas:
A note on posing in your brand photographs
Along with “what the hell should I wear for a personal branding photography shoot?” is “how the hell should I pose?”
The simple answer is, you don’t need to know that, because a good photographer will direct you easily into the poses which will make you look your best.
Some poses may feel awkward but there’s a reason for them: they make you look great in a two dimensional photograph, so just trust your photographer and have fun doing it!
Lots of people tell their photographer they want to "look natural". But the trouble is, that often doesn't translate well into a flat image - slumping on the couch is natural, but you're not going to look the best version of you if that's what you're doing when photographed.
BUT ... If ultra natural like that is a big part of your brand, then definitely let it all hang out!
The best locations in Edinburgh, Scotland for business and brand photography
In a city as unique and beautiful as Edinburgh, finding the perfect location for branding photography is never a problem!
To help you narrow all the choices down, have a read of my guide here: 6 ways to find the perfect location for your next brand photoshoot.
Before you decide where exactly to go, though, think about what time of year your brand photography shoot is going to be in, and whether urban or rural locations (or both!) are a better fit for your brand.
Here are some suggestions.
If it’s simple studio headshots or something with a plain background you’re after, you can hire Meow Studios in Causewayside pretty cheaply. They're very basic and slightly tired looking, but good for a start.
Cafe owners are often amenable to letting you be photographed inside their premises - the key is to book a time when they’re not busy, don't take too long, don’t piss off their customers or staff by getting in the way, and offer them a shout-out on social media.
Not all of them will agree, but there are soooooo many cafes in Edinburgh, if one cafe says no, chances are that the next one will say yes.
Consider the type of vibe your photographs need to show. Modern? Traditional? Rustic? Quirky? No matter what you want your location to say about you and your business, you’ll find something to suit in Edinburgh.
AirBnB / short-term let apartments
This can be a bit of an emotive topic. Some people are dead against using AirBnB because of short-term let issues in Edinburgh (and in Scotland as a whole), but if that’s a route you’re happy going down, there is no shortage of properties and you can often hire one just for a day.
You could always check out:
Some great co-working spaces in Edinburgh you could use as a location for brand photography are:
transport and parking in Edinburgh, Scotland
If you need/want to take your car into central Edinburgh, you may already know that it’s not always straightforward.
There are all sorts of different parking restrictions in different zones, with many streets being impossible (or difficult) to park on because of double or single yellow lines, or residents’ parking spaces.
Or you could take an easier option and just book a taxi to the location for your shoot.
Personally I wouldn’t fancy getting a bus to a personal branding photography or headshot session, but if you’re all right with that, you can find information on Edinburgh bus services here.
What to wear
This is probably the number one question I as a brand photography specialist get asked!
There are two simple answers: make sure your clothes support your brand messaging and wear what you feel fabulous in.
In most cases, we want to make YOU the main subject of your photographs, not what you're wearing. Your clothes shouldn't be the star of the show - your face should.
Your choice of clothing should align with your location, unless a juxtaposition is a deliberate choice designed to provoke a reaction.
For example, if you lean towards the bohemian in your choice of clothing, then an edgy urban streetscape could just confuse your audience.
What do you want your clothes to say about you?
When you’re trying to come up with ideas for what to wear, don’t just Google what you think someone in your line of work should wear but think about your whole brand and your values.
For example, a business coach you spot online might be photographed wearing a tailored jacket to illustrate success and power.
But you might prefer your images to show you in your favourite jeans and baggy jumper to embody relaxation and the work-life balance that you help your clients achieve.
Start by identifying the themes you’d like to feature in your photography session and base your outfits on those.
You might want your photographs to show you at work, getting stuck into a hobby, or relaxing and just doing your own thing at the weekend - after all, your audience wants to see the behind-the-scenes of you and your business, not just what you look like when you are working.
Your clothing choices will be influenced by the themes your photography will illustrate.
Attention to detail
Underwear lines can sometimes be seen through clothes which can ruin a whole image and make it completely unusable.
Stray threads, any unnoticed marks, holes, tears, or bits of fluff on your clothes can spoil an entire photograph, and whilst some of these things can be fixed in Photoshop afterwards, this can take quite some time - which you may need to pay extra for.
A good branding photographer will spot these things before pressing the shutter, but it will save a lot of time on shoot day if you check and sort all these wee details in advance.
What works and what doesn't
Your brand photographer should give you a client clothing guide (I do!) but here are some quick tips on what to wear for your brand photography:
Logos and writing - avoid logos/slogans/writing on your clothes unless there’s a good reason for it. Clothes like this can date badly and distract the viewer’s eye from your face.
Choose similar tones for your top and bottom halves (both darkish or both lightish) so that one half of you doesn’t look bigger than the other half.
A light top and dark trousers can sometimes make your top half look bigger whereas light trousers and a dark top can make your bottom half look bigger. Of course, you may want to work with that!
Think twice about big, bold, contrasting stripes - they don't always look so good in 2D photos and can often add bulk where you might not want it .
Check your clothes don’t clash with your background - but check you don’t blend in too much with your background either.
How to find a personal stylist in Edinburgh, Scotland
Check back here soon if you feel you need some wardrobe help from a personal stylist, as I’ll have some recommendations for you.
A note on colour
Colour works at a subconscious level, faster than words or images, and creates an instant gut response.
By understanding the feelings and thoughts different colours evoke, you can now decide what the predominant colours you wear should be. You’ll possibly want to wear one of your brand colours but here are some other ideas for colours to consider:
Don’t forget though, if wearing your brand colours make you look like the walking dead, it’s absolutely fine to use that colour elsewhere in your photographs - you don’t NEED to wear them.
If you’re positively allergic to wearing orange, for example, but you want to convey playfulness, warmth, and vibrance in your images, how about having various orange props? Or walls?
Colour psychology in branding is a vast topic and you can read more about it here.
How to "get your colours done" in Edinburgh, Scotland
Having colour analysis done by a professional is something many people find transformational.
In a colour analysis session you’ll discover whether your unique skin tone suits warm or cool tones and find out whether bright and vibrant colour mixes lift your whole look or whether softer tonal colour harmonies are more you.
Armed with the knowledge of exactly which colours look great on you and which make you look like crap, you’ll look even more stunning in your brand photographs.
Some colour analysis stylists in Edinburgh you might want to check out are:
How to prepare for your brand photography
Share logistical arrangements with other people involved
Who else is involved in your brand photography shoot?
Make sure the shoot plan your photographer creates for you details the time they should show up.
Buy new clothes if you need them
Lay the outfits you’ll be wearing for your brand shoot out on your bed where you can see them all together.
Visualise an entire collection of photographs with these items sprinkled throughout. Are you happy with your choices?
Get your hair done
Make sure you don’t do this the day before shoot day, particularly if you’re going for quite a radical change.
You want time to get used to it, so a week’s usually good.
Hair and make-up on the day
There’s really no right and wrong as to whether you want your hair and/or make-up done professionally just before your shoot. If your personal or business brand leans towards the highly polished, then this might be an option you’ll want to consider.
Check back soon for my recommendations for hair and make-up artists.
Get your nails done
Again, this isn’t for everybody, but if you feel it’s something you should go for, again, I’ll have some recommendations for you soon so come back and check later.
Just remember that if your nails are an exceedingly vibrant colour, they may take attention away from your face in your photographs. That's fine, as long as it's a deliberate choice.
Buy any props you need
If you’re buying online, make sure you give yourself a few extra days in case deliveries are delayed. Things in this regard aren’t quite back to normal yet.
If you’re going shopping in Edinburgh, give yourself extra time in case you need to return/exchange anything before your brand photo shoot.
Good sleep and loads of water
I know. It sounds such a cliche ... But it's true. This helps.
In the week leading up to your brand photography session, make sure you get lots of sleep and drinks loads of water so you look the best version of yourself you can.
Essentials to bring with you
It’s usually a good idea to take some make-up with you so you can give yourself a wee touch-up if/when needed.
Hand cream is … handy .. too. Sometimes a wee smooth down with handy creamy hands on flyaway hair works even better than hairspray does.
Flyaway hair is a bit like clothes with bits of fluff on them - it CAN be fixed in Photoshop but it’s a complete pain and can take a lot of time, which you may need to pay for.
Pulling it all together
It’s all very well coming up with this brilliant information about you and your business which will inform how you’ll be represented in photographs, but it’s not much if it’s all over the place.
Your brand photographer should give you a proper work book where you’ll note all this information down and pull it together.
Often just the very act of compiling this gives small business owners a whole new clarity on lots of different aspects of their brand that may have felt a bit vague and disjointed previously.
Having this new clarity makes it much easier for you to move ahead successfully in your business as well as forming a solid foundation for your brand photography.
How much does brand photography in Scotland cost?
"How much does brand photography cost?" and "How much do headshots cost" are very common questions, and there's not a standard answer.
Generally, brand photography in Scotland can cost anything from around £250 to about £3,500, depending on the level of service you need.
You really do get what you pay for, and with the explosion in numbers of businesses online now, and with high quality photography everywhere, it’s not so much a question of whether you can afford to have your business photographed properly but whether you can afford NOT to.
Basic headshots and mini sessions start at the cheaper end of the spectrum of professional photography and really are the absolute bare minimum today’s business owner can get away with.
There is a place for headshots - if you’re employed, for example, and are looking for your next job, you’ll need headshots for LinkedIn. Or if you’re doing online dating, you’ll need some basic headshots for your dating profiles.
Mini sessions, where you book a certain time slot on a certain day in a batch with other people, are slightly more useful than headshots in that they tend to show more of you in a particular location and can sometimes incorporate props.
However, for headshots and mini sessions, your brand photography specialist will not have spent time rigorously examining and analysing your business to come up with a bespoke shoot plan for you which is strategically designed to support your marketing messages.
And the strategy is what produces images which will make you proud of your online presence and help you sell.
If you have your own business, even if you’re starting out, having your business professionally photographed is a vital investment which will elevate public perception of you and your business right away. (And help you sell!)
What do you get when you book a brand photographer in Scotland?
What you walk away with obviously depends on which photographer you’ve booked, and the level of service you’ve chosen.
I offer all these optional extras, depending on which package my clients go for.
The minimum you should expect
I offer all these optional extras, depending on which package my clients go for.
How to find the right brand photographer in Scotland for you
There are lots of questions you should ask yourself before you start researching headshot or brand photographers.
How often should you update your headshots or personal branding photographs?
This does depend to a degree on the type of business you run and how you market it, but generally you should look at updating your headshots and your personal branding photography once a year at a minimum.
If you’re a local service provider who’s the heart and soul of her brand and you promote your business regularly on social media, you might want to think of quarterly brand shoots to make sure you have a constant supply of up-to-date images.
If you create and sell your own products, how often you need them to be photographed depends more on your production cycle - how often do you introduce new products and what promotions or campaigns do you have planned?
Questions to ask your brand photographer before you sign the contract
What’s your position on retouching business portraits? Do you offer any detailed retouching post-production? (Blemish removal, Photoshopping, etc - this question is more important when discussing professional headshots compared to lifestyle branding photos.)
How do you pose clients - loosely? Highly posed? Documentary? Are you going make me do the teapot? Or stand on my head?
Can you guarantee I won't look like an arse?
What sizes and shapes do I get the images in? How are they delivered?
If I get them in a gallery, how long before the gallery expires?
What happens if I lose all the photos you give me because my computer blows up? Do I have to pay for backups to be restored?
What’s your policy on outdoor shoot postponements due to bad weather?
I hate having my photos taken - how do you deal with nervous clients?
Do you help me out afterwards with what to do with my photos?
WOULD WE FIT?
What types of businesses do you enjoy working with? Would we be a good fit?
What is your turnaround time? Is there an option for a rush fee if I would like my photos sooner?
How do you generally communicate with clients? Email, text, phone call? Will you accommodate my preference? I quite like smoke signals.
Do I own the rights to the photos upon delivery or is this an additional fee? Who's got copyright?
Do you expect that your clients will credit you when they use your photos for marketing?
Can I sell the images on to others?
CAN I BRING MY DOG?
My dog's a big part of my life so he should be in some of the photographs too. Is this okay?
Local resources for small businesses in Edinburgh, Scotland
I very much believe in supporting small local businesses in Edinburgh, or nearby.
Here’s where to go if you need help with:
A bit more about me
I'm a brand and headshot photographer in Edinburgh, Scotland, and I give entrepreneurs and small business owners high impact, strategically designed brand photography so their ideal clients get to know, like, and trust them, then buy from them.
Then how about you schedule a call with me for a chat about how we can use brilliant brand photography to really propel YOU forward?
Get in touch
If you're serious about growing your brand and connecting with your audience on a deeper level, I'd love to work with you. Let's talk, and see how we can propel your business forward.