Meet Taylor T. | Headshot Photography with Winston-Salem Portrait Studio Jasper & Fern
I was definitely caught off guard when Taylor answered my question. His upbeat and friendly demeanor had me picturing a different approach to to the new headshots he wanted in order to fit into his new company’s brand.
”I don’t want my headshot to stand out. I see headshots with distractions in the background. It makes me wonder why that stuff is there” he answered when I asked him if there was anything in particular he wanted to come through his portrait.
Typically, I have people who want to look approachable, confident, relatable, funny. He was such a happy guy that my personality download mindset immediately had me soaking up all of is uplifting mannerisms to draw on later. So, I sat there for a moment soaking in his new request.
”I like that,” I said with a laugh. “Where does that mean you'll be using your headshots then, where you don’t want it to be a distraction?” My inquisitive mind was wondering.
Taylor said simply, ”I do presentations.”
Working as an accounting director, of course you wouldn’t want your headshot to distract from the content on the slide from which you were presenting!
And so we began creating an aesthetic that would fit the red brick wall and window headshots his co-workers already had displayed on the company website.
As a photographer, I am not much for the red brick wall look. It has its time and place but, if Taylor was going to be using his headshot on presentation slides, a red brick wall would be heavy and distracting. Thus, we leaned towards a more clean window look.
At his session, I drew my curtains accordingly - letting my storefront studio neighbors have a front row seat to Taylor’s session (of course only after making sure this was alright with him). I also made a point to keep the textures on my wall and include a little flooring for extra context within his portraits.
It was fun to take a left turn from how I usually process and design a headshot session, even if I was taken a little off guard initially. Check out Taylor’s portraits and let us know if you think his headshot wouldn’t distract you from a presentation slide.