Business Portraiture and Headshots

Corporate or business portraits are a staple for many photographers, but many often face a few key challenges when it comes to taking business portraits: How to shoot and control light bounce in small spaces, how to photograph people with glasses, how to photograph older people, how to pose subjects and determining the best equipment to use.

In this live photography workshop, Karl addresses all those problems, providing practical solutions and demonstrating exactly how to overcome these problems as he shoots live.

He photographs two different subjects in a number of different lighting setups, showing how you can achieve great results straight out of camera with well-positioned lights and just basic modifiers.

In this live photography workshop we cover the following:

  • Portrait photography: Business portraits
  • Recommended equipment for business portraits
  • Efficient workflow
  • Posing: Business portrait poses
  • Lighting setups for business portraits: Using one and two lights
  • Photographing subjects with glasses

For more business portrait photography classes, visit our Portrait section.

If you have any question about this photography workshop, post them in the comments box below.


  1. Hi Karl,

    You mentioned in the video in response to someone’s question regarding the pure white background shot, about doing it in post. Yes it’s quite time consuming when you do it yourself and probably more worth it to actually get the shot right. But I use a company based in Bangladesh to cut out pictures. They literally charges cheaper than peanuts and have your pictures ready within hours.

    Thanks for your great videos!

  2. Hi Karl
    Would love to thank you first for the great effort you are putting into this educational platform.

    I have a business portrait client (lady) requiring not only head shots but full length shots. Would the 150 Octa used as key light from the side as your first setup be enough for the whole length shot?
    Unfortunately got no time for experimenting in advance.

    1. Hi, yes it would but I would add white reflectors to the floor and below the softbox and full length white poly boards whereever you can. Or better still light into a v-flat arangement with a bare bulb light if you have the space.

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