By Douglas Gritz
Sometimes it’s not just your work that attracts your clients, it’s also your approach and attitude. That was the case with Inboxlab, an email software company based in Denver that hired me this week to create headshots of their staff. When I asked my client after the shoot why, out of curiosity, she had chosen me, she said it was because I seemed like the most professional and experienced of everyone she looked at.
Photographing her staff happened to be one of the more fun experiences I’ve had creating headshots, for a couple reasons.
First, in addition to the headshot, they wanted a second, “goofy” shot. One the website when someone would move their cursor over the headshot picture, it would switch to the goofy shot.
Second, there staff was comprised of almost all young people. In my experience, I have found young adults much easier to work with than middle age or older adults. Why? Generally I have found that younger people seem to have more fun with the process and are more open to trying things during the headshot session.
Inboxlab is a fairly new company that is quickly expanding (in fact, they had an interview schedule while I was there and several of the headshot sessions were with people who had been hired in the past couple of weeks). And they don’t yet have a permanent office. For the time-being, they are set up in one of Denver’s many WeWork locations. They were able to book a small conference room where I could set up and photograph their staff.
Below are the headshots with their “goofy” counterparts. Most people who came in did not have a premeditated idea for their “goofy” shot so I helped each person come up with some ideas. The first is my favorite.