If you’re reading this, you already understand that professional corporate photography is a crucial aspect of business branding and marketing.
It involves capturing high-quality images that represent your brand, communicate your message, and connect with your audience.
In today’s digital age, two popular types of corporate professional photography are headshots and personal branding photography.
While they might seem similar, there are some key differences between the two. The White Room Studio team is here to help you understand which type of photography suits your needs better — and how you can prepare for that upcoming corporate photoshoot!
1. The Purpose
Headshots are typically taken for professional purposes, such as for a job application, a business website, or the company directory. On the other hand, personal branding photography is meant to showcase your personality and brand. It’s often used by realtors, entrepreneurs, and creators to promote their business or brand. Moreover, personal branding photography helps to showcase a person’s values, and unique qualities through a collection of images that can include headshots, full-body shots, and lifestyle photos!
Pictured: Yvonne Low, Founder, Band of Sisters Fitness / Executive Coach and Consultant.
Yvonne was well-established in the corporate world, with 26 years of experience in the advertising and marketing sphere under her belt. But she left her corporate job more than 2 years ago to fully kickstart her passion, embarking on a journey to be her most authentic self.
Her story spoke to us, and we knew it was important to capture all three versions of Yvonne — the corporate warrior, the working mum of two, and the business owner.
2. The Focus
Headshots are all about your face and your professional appearance. They are often taken in a studio setting with a plain background and focused on your face, shoulders, and sometimes torso. Personal branding photography is more about telling a story.
No matter your headshot or personal portrait, it can be taken in a variety of settings — when it comes to taking professional corporate photos, the setting is just as important as the subject!
Traditional studio backdrops can create a clean and simple look, but having your photos taken in a natural light shophouse studio can add a unique and engaging element to your portraits.
White Room Studio is situated in a 2400 sq ft Peranakan-style shophouse, vibrant and rich in character. It provides an ideal setting for creating stunning corporate photography. The natural light that pours in from the large windows and open spaces creates a warm and inviting atmosphere, which can help put clients at ease and capture their most natural expressions.
Pictured: A headshot for a professional in the banking industry and a personal branding portrait for a violinist.
3. The Style
Headshots are typically more formal and posed, with the person looking straight at the camera. The focus is often on looking professional and polished. Personal branding photography allows for more creativity and show off your personal style, whether that’s through your clothing, accessories, or the setting of the photo.
By incorporating the architectural and natural elements of the studio space, we can create visually interesting and dynamic photos that truly capture the personality and essence of your brand.
Pictured: Enjoying the best of both worlds, the most popular settings at White Room Studio! The classical arch on the third floor juxtaposed with the rustic charm of a 1920’s era shophouse.
4. The Content
Headshots are straightforward representations that showcase your face and professional demeanor. Personal branding photography is all about crafting a narrative, whether it’s about the person, their brand, or their message. It can include a wide range of shots that showcase your brand, from behind-the-scenes shots of you at work to action shots of you doing something that relates to your business or brand.
Do discuss any concept or idea you have in mind with your photographer beforehand, so we can ensure that your vision is captured in the best way possible.
Our team will work with you to plan every aspect of your session, from the location to the poses and props. This ensures that we are fully prepared to capture the best photos on the day of your shoot!
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5. The Message
Headshots are often designed to send a clear message of professionalism and competency. Personal branding photography, on the other hand, is more about telling your story and showing your personality. It’s designed to give your audience a glimpse into who you are and what your brand is all about.
We understand that it’s the small details that can make a big difference in a photo. That’s why our team pays close attention to every detail before we take the shot.
Pictured: While both headshots are taken against a plain backdrop, you can see how we put a creative spin for a professional chef’s photo. On the left, a CEO’s portrait remains comfortable, neutral and relaxed – as it will be likely be used for corporate communication materials.
So, there you have it! While headshots and personal branding photography may seem similar at first glance, they serve different purposes and have distinct styles and messages. Whether you need a headshot for a job application or want to show off your personal brand, there’s a style of photography that’s perfect for you!
So put your best face forward today – full details below!
Our Corporate Portraiture Package is priced at $390 for 1 pax and it includes 2 outfits photographed and 2 backdrops of your choice!
You will enjoy 30 minutes of artistic photography in our two-storey shophouse studio, be it headshots or a personal branding session.
From a selection of corporate headshots, half-body and full body shots, you will receive 3 retouched soft copies ideal for LinkedIn, CV, or your website!
Experience the utmost convenience and privacy in our studio, boasting two changing rooms on each level. Feel free to use our changing rooms to get ready, as we provide all the essentials you need, from garment hangers to a reliable steam iron.
If you wish, we recommend that you bring along any props that may highlight your profession and expertise.
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