Look Your Best For Your Business Headshots

William Morton Visuals photographs busy executives in San Diego
William Morton photographs investment executives in downtown San Diego

Shooting professionally since 1991, William Morton has specialized in commercial and corporate photography for the last 8 years. Now relocated from San Diego to north Dallas, Morton Visuals offers professional business headshots in our Farmers Branch photography studio or in the convenience of your own offices.

Morton Visuals wants to ensure that you look your very best for your headshot session. To that end, we consulted with professional Makeup Artist Mary Erickson, a 30-year veteran in the world of commercial print and advertising. Recently retired, Mary now focuses on her highly successful professional makeup store. Her recommended tips are listed below. (The photographer’s comments are added in italics.)

  • Bring shirts with a collar as well as different necklines.
  • Women should bring at least 6 different tops to choose from. Men should bring several (3-4) different shirts.
  • No sleeveless shirts for headshots, they can make the arms look big and distracts from the face.
  • No solid white. If you’re very light-skinned you may want to avoid solid black.
  • Solid colors are ideal; stay away from busy patterns and busy prints. For men, a dress shirt often gets “scrunched” under a suit jacket or sports coat. If the shirt is striped or patterned, retouching those wrinkles will be virtually impossible.
  • Bring a lint brush or lint roller, fuzz will show on dark colors.
  • Make sure your clothes are pressed and clean – very few photographers have irons or extra time. Photo retouching on soiled or wrinkled clothes will usually cost extra. Bring your wardrobe to the shoot on hangers.
  • Stay away from clothes with big buttons or ornaments that shine and compete for attention.
  • If you wear earrings they should be small studs. Keep jewelry at a minimum, because anything flashy will distract from you.
  • Men should be clean-shaven, and a recent haircut is recommended.
  • If desired, we can recommend a professional makeup artist to ensure that your makeup is flawless.

Remember, whether your headshots are for your social media presence or your professional resume, you want to present your very best image to your prospective clients or employers.

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below.

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Chamber of Commerce Group Portrait

Morton Visuals is proud to be a new member of the Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce! Last week we were invited by Chamber President Nanette Foght to join the luncheon at the Brookhaven Country Club. Morton Visuals agreed to provide pro bono event photography of the meeting, including the induction of the new Board members. Afterwards we also captured a group portrait of the entire Board of Directors, now led by newly installed Chairwoman Marilyn Kolesar-Lynch of Brookhaven College. We look forward to working with the Chamber over the coming year and meeting more of the Farmers Branch business community!

Group portrait of the Board of Directors for the Farmers Branch (Texas) Chamber of Commerce are photographed by William Morton of Morton Visuals at the Brookhaven Country Club on 12/08/2015.
Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Executive Portrait for an Annual Report

Banking executive photographed with a First Bank client in the San Diego office.
Senior Vice President and Regional Manager photographed for the First Bank annual report.

William Morton had the opportunity yesterday to photograph Senior Vice President and Regional Manager Bob Jondall in his downtown San Diego office. Destined for First Bank‘s annual report, the client wanted a view of the San Diego bay in the background. Unfortunately the weatherman didn’t get the request, and delivered a thick marine layer over the bay. So we found an alternate view showing Balboa Park in the background. Studio strobes were added to the sunlight beaming in the windows to capture this conversational moment, with Photo Assistant Angela Hess sitting in as the client. The final image was composited and delivered 2 days before deadline, to a very happy Creative Director. I love working on location with professionals!

William Morton Involved In Courtroom Shooting

Breaking news: William Morton of Morton Visuals was involved in a courtroom shooting yesterday. Morton took aim at local attorney Jim Miller Jr., and created a series of new images designed to highlight photography lighting on location for an upcoming class. This wasn’t the first time that Morton had shot Miller – his previous portrait is featured on the Jim Miller for Judge website.

Behind the scenes of Morton Visuals' courtroom photo shoot
Behind the Scenes in the County Courthouse

With a scant two hours of access to a county courthouse courtroom, photographer William Morton worked with the aid of Assistants Kevin Young and Drew Wyeth to create three setups to utilize for the 30-minute photo session. This proved to be no small challenge. If ladies think the lighting in department store changing rooms is unflattering, just wait until you examine the lighting in a courtroom! Morton analyzed the ambient lighting and then matched his main light, effectively neutralizing the color cast. Then he switched up to some slightly more dramatic lighting for our easygoing legal model.

Attorney Jim Miller Jr. poses in a court room of the County Courthouse
Attorney Jim Miller Jr. poses in court
Attorney Jim Miller Jr. with warmer lighting
Attorney Jim Miller Jr. warms up
Attorney Jim Miller Jr. backed by a knowledge of the law
Backed by knowledge of the law

To emphasize the intellectual aspects of the legal business, William brought in the warmth of dozens of law books as a background – proving that lawyers do have the backing of precedents. The 3rd image has been ordered sealed, until Miller wins his seat on the bench of the Superior Court.

Need a civil or criminal defense attorney? Talk to Jim Miller Jr. – his El Cajon office can be reached at 619-590-0383.

Morton Visuals – Photography You Can Bank On

William Morton Visuals photographed the executives of Comerica Bank today. Downtown Branch Manager Ron Davis and Assistant Branch Manager Chris DeJesus served as models as photographer William Morton captured the gentlemen in lobby and attending to the bank vault. Assistant (and Fine Art photographer) Francine Gonzalez shot the “behind the scenes” images for use in an upcoming photography class on location lighting. William and Francine documented the step-by-step process of recording accurate colors in the ambient lighting and special effects lighting in the bank vault.

Photo setup for bank executive photography
William Morton Visuals' bank portrait setup

Executive portrait of bank branch manager Ron Davis
Branch Manager Ron Davis greets customers

Executive portrait of assistant branch manager Chris De Jesus
Chris De Jesus watches over the Comerica vault

William demonstrated a technique to match his lighting to the ambient lighting of the bank’s interior, creating a very natural look that blends well with the environment. Then for a little more excitement he added a “Comerica blue” to the bank’s vault, controlling the color and reflections on the massive steel door.  Natural portraiture or dramatic and colorful, Morton Visuals can present executives in their best light!

 

Morton Visuals Photographs Jim Miller Jr.

William Morton photographs Superior Court judge candidate Jim Miller on the steps of the San Diego Hall of Justice.

Jim Miller, candidate for Superior Court Judge
Jim Miller Jr.
William Morton Visuals photographed attorney Jim Miller Jr. on the steps of the San Diego Hall of Justice today. Miller, a candidate for Superior Court Judge Seat 20, will be using images from the location shoot for his campaign website. To see more, visit www.JimMillerForJudge.com.