Guidelines for photos

In most cases, to present your practice in the most professional way, we'd recommend getting a professional photographer to take a photograph of each of your team members so you get clear, consistent results. Even with the convenience and quality of digital cameras, it's still easy to take a bad portrait.

However, it is still possible to get good results, even with a phone camera, if you know what to do. If you are taking the photos yourself, then here's some rules to follow to ensure you get good clear photos.

  1. Don’t get too close as this will distort faces, instead use medium zoom. (Stand about 1-2 metres from your subject and zoom to head and shoulders image)
  2. Find a plain(ish) background that doesn't have any sunlight falling on it. In most cases, a medium tone is best. Avoid harsh, brightly coloured backgrounds.
  3. Don't sit the subject too close to the background as they may cast a shadow.
  4. It usually looks better if the subject is slightly angled to the camera with their head turned to look straight down the lens.
  5. Have your camera at the same height as the subjects eyes, never below.
  6. Try to have the light coming from side/front and slightly above.
  7. Use soft window light if possible
  8. Avoid using flash
  9. Don't use direct sunlight
  10. If your subject is wearing light sensitive glasses that darken, then get them to put the glasses in a pocket till just before taking the picture, so that they become clear.
  11. Look out for reflections on glasses. Sometimes you can tilt them down slightly to reduce reflections.