Corporate and Executive Portraits

Our approach to portraits is grounded in the belief that people want to do business with people. Trust, rapport, and credibility — good photography can help to build all of these.

Environmental business portraits

Your office or work environment can play a big role in shaping the perception of you and your brand. We bring the very best of that environment to life, modeling natural light and art directing the important details.

In-studio or on-location headshots

Natural, confident, comfortable headshots can express your personality. Our Chicago-based studio is a spacious, modern shooting space with plenty of natural light, exposed brick, and concrete floors, as well as an on-premises kitchen and restrooms. Or, we can save you the trip and come to you. Whether we’re capturing only you or your entire team, we’ll make sure that the production schedule runs like clockwork, minimizing impact to your day and letting you get back to work without sacrificing the outcome of great portraits.

A photography team that understands how Brand works

At its core, an impactful photograph is about communication — using visuals to convey a story. Our approach to photography is grounded in the belief that with a solid understanding of your objectives, we can capture the appropriate tone and use these visuals to tell the right story. Oftentimes this involves sketching out scenes and prepping alternate plans for unexpected circumstances. Day of, our goal is taking photos that are less about selling a product, and more about making people feel something — emotion that is then associated with your brand.

Melissa Morley Photographer

Melissa Morley

Photographer

As a photographer, I’m less concerned about taking photos that sell a product or service. I’m more concerned about capturing a feeling and connecting it with a bigger message. Photos have the power to portray emotions — and help our clients stay relevant, visible, and matter more in the communities they serve.
Mark Wierda President / Co-founder

Mark Wierda

President / Co-founder - Photographer

We recognize that we can only help our clients matter if they first matter to us. Our crazy talented team excels in understanding what's most important in any given situation, and we're always seeking ways to create meaningful connections through brand strategy, creative campaigns, and technology tools.
Laura Farmer Senior Producer

Laura Farmer

Senior Producer

Mattering is all about filtering what’s important — not only what’s important to our target audience, but to everyone involved in making the creative, as well. I want to be there for the client and make sure the things we’re producing make sense, while at the same time listening and coaching to keep everyone focused and energized.
Emily VanHoff Art Director / Designer

Emily VanHoff

Art Director / Designer

There’s a big difference between making work that looks nice and making work that’s accomplishing what it needs to by hitting the right objectives. I’m able to create meaningful design work because I’m involved in the process — I get to know the client and the company culture, as well as the audience, helping me understand what matters. From there, it’s about how far I can push it to make something that’s interesting and impactful.

Some tips for preparing for your portraits

Choosing clothing

When choosing clothing for your headshot, think classic and wear what you feel comfortable in. Pick pieces that fit you well and avoid anything bulky or rumpled. Start simple and slowly add layers, which can give you dimension and express your personality.

Colors should be earth-toned or neutral and compliment the skin, hair, and eyes. Avoid all black and all white. Neon and overly saturated color shirts will take focus away from you. We recommend staying away from clothing with really tight grids or a small herringbone pattern, which can have a moiré pattern effect on camera.

Ties look best when their tone lands between the color of the suit and the shirt. Some ties are too shiny; try to stay away from silk, which tends to be reflective.. If you opt for a button-down shirt without a tie, wear a jacket or sweater of some kind to layer the look. If not, choose a darker shirt or something with pockets or details to add visual interest, and unbutton a button or two. If you prefer to wear an undershirt, make it a v-neck so it’s not visible beneath your button-down.

If in doubt, bring a few changes of clothes. Don’t worry so much about pants and shoes, because chances are good we won’t even see those. However, we recommend bringing a pair of slacks or dark denim jeans just in case. Make sure that ALL clothes are ironed and pressed before the shoot. If you can, transport your wardrobe on hangers — seatbelts are notorious for adding wrinkles.

If you normally wear glasses, plan to wear them during your session. But if your glasses do not have a non-glare coating, consider visiting your optometrist to borrow a pair of your frames without glass, as glass glare can be problematic. If bringing a second pair of frames is not an option, we will do our best to light your portrait to avoid it.

Grooming notes

If you’re planning on getting haircut, get it a week or two before the shoot so it can grow in a little. Men: If you have facial hair, shave as you normally would. If you sometimes have a bit of facial hair and other times you’re clean-shaven, leave it scruffy for the first part of the shoot, and bring a razor to clean it up for the second portion.

We may get close-ups of your hands and fingernails, so make sure your nails are neat and trimmed.

Other things to consider

Get a good night’s sleep — nothing is worse than looking puffy-eyed and tired during a shoot. Try to avoid excessive drinking or smoking in the week leading to the shoot, which affects your skin and will translate to the photographs.

Stress less on the day of by picking out your clothes in advance and packing your bag with everything you’ll need the night before.

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