What you should expect to receive from your Executive Portrait photo shoot?
Director and Principal Photographer at ikon images
Executive photographs should make you look real and natural – there’s no room for Glamour photos here or for extensive airbrushing. You look the way you look today, tomorrow and, most likely, next month as well. So your images should present you in the same way that you present yourself to your clients each day. Each image should be slightly retouched to remove any small, unwanted blemishes and to soften some of the more pronounced lines on your face, just to give the appearance of clean, fresh skin.
The images should be presented to you electronically on a CD/DVD in formats and sizes that will suit your needs. Ask your photographer if they can supply your images as ‘print ready’ and ‘web ready’. Print ready images are needed by magazines, newspapers and other print media. They are large in physical size (typically larger than 8”x12” so they can be used on magazine covers), at a resolution of 300dpi (which is the preferred printing resolution) and saved as TIFF files with a CMYK colour profile.
At the other end of the scale are web ready images, which are used on web sites, email signatures and other onscreen applications. They are smaller in size (typically no bigger than 2”x3”), at a resolution of 72dpi (screen resolution) and saved as JPEG files with a RGB colour profile.
So the technical questions to ask your photographer are:
- What will be the size of the images?
- What will be their resolution?
- What file formats will I receive?
- What will be the colour profile? CMYK, RGB or both?