Richard Boll

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Managing Large Scale International Corporate Headshot and Lifestyle Photography Projects

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Large Scale Corporate Photography Projects

Over the years, I’ve managed several large-scale corporate headshot, portrait, and lifestyle photography projects for companies such as Citibank, T. Rowe Price, Lazard Bank, Octopus Energy and American Express. I’ve carried out different types of photographic shoots in locations including Bolivia, Dubai, San Francisco, Boston, Helsinki, Stuttgart, Dusseldorf, and Paris.

Corporate clients commission the corporate photography to use extensively:

– throughout their website
– in magazines, promotional materials, and blog posts
– in press releases and presentations
– on social media
– for internal use

Compilation of corporate photography examples taken by Richard Boll.

Most shoots take place in London and throughout the UK, but I often travel abroad to photograph employees at their partner offices too. As you can imagine, there are many moving parts involved in organising a large-scale, international corporate photography shoot. Depending on the complexity of the project and the number of locations, it can take several weeks to organise. Here, I share my process and how I manage global shoots for corporate headshots, portrait, and lifestyle images on a significant scale.

Pre-planning & Project Management

– Client Brief: One or more online meetings may take place to discuss a client’s desired images. Headshots are typically requested for between 50 and 200 people. Most clients request a uniform, formal, and professional result against the same background. This background can be a paper backdrop or the interior space of an office. An advantage of the paper backdrop option is that the look and feel of the portraits can be unified from shoots in different offices in different countries. Sometimes a client will request spontaneous corporate lifestyle images taken in specific locations around an office, showing people working at their desks, socialising, or having meetings.

An example of a page of uniform headshots taken by Richard Boll.

– Timetables: I work closely with internal office managers to line up diaries of the employees being photographed. These tend to be extremely busy people who travel regularly, and inevitably, they’re not all going to be available on the same day and in the same week. I often have to revisit locations to photograph people missed from the original shoot.

– Sourcing Locations: A significant amount of time is spent finding suitable locations for the shots. The client can do a walk around of their office spaces and remotely show me still images and videos that they’ve shot. Between us, we roughly work out an initial approach but typically, an in-person recce of the locations is also required.

– Recce Time: If I have to travel to another country, I tend to book in time the day before the shoot to come to an office to carry out a recce with the client, to look around their building, to find specific backgrounds that will be effective. Often, a client requests headshots taken in the same location, whereas some clients want a range of different backgrounds to generate variety within the shots. Depending on the nature of the offices it can be a challenge to find a range of backgrounds that are a) available and b) look good for the headshots.

A variety of examples of corporate headshot and lifestyle photography produced by Richard Boll.

– Flights & Hotels: Booking flights and hotels for multi-location shoots can be a time-consuming task. Flight times have to tie in with different time zones and shooting dates, sometimes allowing sufficient time to recover from jet lag.

– Transporting Equipment: Transporting photography equipment internationally can become a complex process. Considerations include ensuring that cameras, lenses, and lighting equipment are packed securely, to avoid damage. Lithium batteries have their particular packing requirements for flights regarding the number of batteries allowed and whether they must be taken within carry-on luggage as opposed to going in the hold. For some countries, paperwork must be completed for equipment to be taken through customs, and failure to do so can result in some or all of the equipment being seized until permissions have been cleared.

– Digital Operators: Typically, I will source digital operators to work with me on these shoots. In most situations, my camera is tethered to a laptop attached to a large screen, so the client can view the images as they’re being produced. The digital operator will create multiple backups of all content taken and label the files as we shoot. They will also create multiple formats, for example, low-resolution JPEGs for selection purposes, and high-resolution TIFFs and RAW files for retouching later.

– Sourcing Professionals: I can also be responsible for sourcing, managing, and paying suitable professionals for multiple shoots in each location, e.g. lighting assistants, hair stylists, and make-up artists.

– Supplying images: After the shoot, the client is supplied with low-resolution images to make final selections. I’ll typically send 30-40 shots of each person and the client will narrow these down to approximately 5 shots to show the individual. One or two final images per person are typically selected for optimisation.

An example of corporate lifestyle photography carried out in London by Richard Boll.

– Retouching: Retouching selected images is a significant task in each large-scale project. I could easily end up shooting over 200 headshot and lifestyle images that all need to be optimised and refined afterward. This is a process I can complete for a client although this is often carried out in-house by the client.

Email richard@richardbollphotography.com to discuss your next large-scale corporate photography project. See more corporate portrait and lifestyle images I’ve shot here.

There is more to Corporate Photography than Headshots.

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When people think about corporate photography, they often see it as limited to either company portraits or headshots taken of CEOs, senior leaders, and employees. But there is much more to corporate photography than just business headshots.

A corporate office interior with white walls and black chairs.

As a commercial and editorial photographer, I often get asked to photograph a wide range of other corporate lifestyle and ‘behind-the-scenes’ aspects of a business including:

• people working, having meetings and discussing ideas, and socialising at work

• office interiors

• architectural details of the outside of company premises

• annual company social events, business networking meetings, conferences, and award ceremonies

• before-and-after shots of construction sites

• office technology that is of particular significance to a client’s business

• automotive, furniture, and food production factories where products are being manufactured

Photograph taken from a construction site for a corporate annual report.

Corporate clients in the past have used these shots for a wide variety of applications including on their websites, and social media including LinkedIn, annual company reports, business plans, editorials in magazines, press articles, newsletters, emails, etc.

Construction workers holding onto a platform containing materials.

Many corporate clients will commission a variety of different photography styles, as well as professional headshots, to reveal their working environments, properties, and office buildings. The lifestyle aspect of these photographs makes a statement about their organisation and highlights their corporate brand and image in an effective and professional way.

Office workers discussing ideas in a corporate environment. Richard Boll Photography, London

It’s worth giving this some thought before you choose a particular corporate photography style.

I’ve helped many clients in the past, working closely with art and marketing directors, to choose the best style for images that suit their brand and company values. We discuss various ideas and options that can help make these important decisions.

People socialising at a corporate event.

If you need an experienced corporate lifestyle photographer, email me at richard@richardbollphotography.com or call +44(0)7812908229 to discuss your next project. More of my corporate photography can be seen here.

Six of My Favourite Corporate and Personal Photography Projects in 2022

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When a new year starts, I like to look back on the year before and review photography projects that I’ve worked on. I’ve handpicked 6 of my favourite corporate and personal images from 2022, depicting a range of different photography styles, including corporate headshots, corporate products, corporate portraits and two portraits from my personal UK visual artist project series.

1. UK Visual Artist Portrait Series: Gavin Turk

A double portrait of the artist Gavin Turk in his London studio.

This portrait of Gavin Turk forms part of a personal project from my UK Visual Artist Portrait Series, inspired by his own work including the ‘Portrait of Something That I’ll Never Really See’ (1997). I love this double portraiture combination shot particularly in black and white, as I think it’s more graphically powerful giving a direct, punchier effect to the stripes on his shirt. Both of these elements also echo Turk’s previous work using combinations of double portraiture and stripes. What I like about portrait photography is quite often, an unexpected result can emerge either during the shoot or in post- production as in this case. There’s a need to be open to chance and not overly plan the end result.

2. Corporate Headshot Photography: Octopus Energy

Corporate photography for Octopus Energy, taken by Richard Boll in London.

Octopus Energy is one of my regular corporate photography clients and this image is from a series of shoots that involved photographing staff in 3 of their offices based in London, Manchester and Leicester. Working alongside an Art Director, we collaborated to produce a whole library of corporate headshots and lifestyle imagery. This shot shows a flavour of the natural, documentary ‘fly-on-the-wall’ photography style that I think suits the Octopus brand really well. What I like about this particular image is the employee looks very relaxed and is clearly having a real, natural conversation with a customer, oblivious to the fact that she’s being photographed.

3. Corporate Product Photography: Kin Chairs, designed by Pearson Lloyd for Allermuir

Kin chairs around a table in a studio, photographed for Allermuir by Richard Boll Photography.

Allemuir came up with the original design concept for this image. Taken in their Preston studio, I attached a camera onto a scaffolding tower looking down onto this range of Kin chairs. What I like about this shot is that it shows off the products in an interesting and visually intriguing way. There’s the play on colour of the chairs around the table and it was fun choosing the props to co-ordinate with the chair colours. Having to direct a model was an interesting aspect of the shoot, in order to get a good range of images that worked. I like this particular photo of the model reaching into the bowl as that worked well compositionally, as a focal point in the middle of the table.

4. UK Visual Artist Portrait Series: Adam Chodzko

The artist Adam Chodzko in a pond in Whitstable, Kent.

This portrait of Adam Chodzko, is another favourite image of mine from the UK visual artist portrait series. It was a particularly enjoyable shoot with a strong collaborative element to it. We discussed the images at some length beforehand with Adam letting me know what he thought would work and wouldn’t work. I like this particular image because it highlights the collaborative approach to the shoot, and echoes Chodzko’s love of water and use of crossovers between different spaces. The recording equipment he’s holding picked up both urban and rural sounds within the space and I plan to use the sound clip as part of the installation for a future exhibition.

5. Corporate Product Photography: John Lobb, Frank Sinatra’s Wooden Lasts

The wooden lasts of Frank Sinatra, carved by the London bootmaker John Lobb.

John Lobb is a bespoke, traditional shoemaker to celebrities and royalty alike. Central to their process is the creation of a pair of wooden lasts, shaped to the exact contours of the wearers feet. What started as a purely personal project, initiated by asking if I could photograph the wooden lasts, has now developed into a regular commission shooting images for John Lobb’s marketing and social media.
This photograph of Frank Sinatra’s wooden lasts is one of my favourite images from the project. It’s not just the fact that they belonged to Sinatra who was an icon that many people can connect with, but I love the fact that they’re well-worn with interesting textures that suggest that many shoes were made from this pair of wooden lasts. In a way, they speak of a history and a life well-lived.

6. Corporate Portrait Photography: Elrige, Master Last Maker at John Lobb

A portrait of Elrige, master lastmaker at John Lobb, London.

This was a commissioned portrait by John Lobb who requested photographs of their Last Makers. I’m particularly fond of this image of Elrige, Master Craftsman and Last Maker. He is a real character and I love the intensity of his stare in this photo. I also think this portrait captures the essence of the traditional establishment of John Lobb with its traditional working methods, where each wooden last is carved by hand.
Elrige may appear to be wielding a lethal weapon here, but the tool he’s holding is essential for last making and is known as a Last Knife. It’s used to get a block of wood down to the rough shape of the last. Afterwards, a surform, various grades of files and sand paper would be used to get the last down to its final shape and measure.

See more of my corporate portrait and corporate lifestyle photography projects taken on location in London and around the world.

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