Business Portrait with Photoshopped London Background.

For several months we have been supplying a headshot service which allows clients to have their portrait taken and then we add a London backdrop in post production. We feel that we need to explain the process and benefits of this service as we feel its key advantages are being missed.

The best way to do this is to go over each step of the commission and show how this gives the clients a much wider choice of results than the conventional way of shooting a corporate headshot with a London City view behind them.

Many individuals especially if they work for international companies often require a headshot that features certain business districts of The City or West End being in the background of their profile photos. Traditionally we would arrange a date and meet with the client at the agreed location. This can work extremely well but is dependant on the weather. Wind, rain and even sunshine coming from the wrong direction would often be detrimental to the end results. We had been working on gathering a wide range of pre shot London backgrounds for use on another project and had the idea that we could produce much more consistent results for clients if we could drop the London background in post production. The major benefit with this method is that shooting at a clients office or our studio we have full control over lighting etc and the style has to look like the headshot was captured in an office with a large window with the view behind. This means the backgrounds we drop into the London headshot need to be shot with this style in mind. So for example you would not be able to use a pin sharp view of the City behind a pin sharp headshot as this would look false and not take into account the depth of field factor from the long portrait lens you would be using. Also very important would be the angle of the background you use as it will have to fit with the angle that the headshot has been taken at. You would not be able to use a view of London looking upwards to the tall buildings as again the portrait lens would not allow this view so all the backgrounds we have pre photographed are captured with these angles in mind.

Another great benefit is once the headshot is captured you can search over our photo library for a variety of backgrounds that suit the headshot or which can be used for different media or profile photographs.

If we go through the process from start to finish.

Client commissions Corporate Photography Ltd to capture his headshot with a view to adding London scenes in post production. This is the process recently shot with a City client.

We attend the clients offices and set up lighting to capture initial headshot. We understand the background in this photo looks a mess but we are only interested at this point in capturing a well lit and professional headshot.

Office portrait with background to be removed.

Then in post production we remove the original background and replace with a solid colour. This can be any colour and with white we can add a perfect web friendly white so that when the profile headshot is added onto a website it does not carry any hint of grey that is always captured when shot against a conventional white background. Sometimes the client is very happy with this result as the headshot looks professional and is ideal for use on LinkedIn or we can match a current corporate website background colour and drop that in for the individual.

Corporate headshot on white background

We then email the client a range of backgrounds for them to choose from and then we add these to the headshot. We are not saying that all of them will work. You still have to take into consideration lighting and what is visually happening behind the headshot. We feel these samples work very well and you can reposition the client within the background to get the perfect composition and make the photograph look realistic.



This composition also works with a broad City backdrop

Business headshot with City behind

These last couple do not work as well. The first one has a problem I mentioned earlier, the background of the City is too sharp and clean and does not look in keeping with a headshot on a long lens. This combination makes the client look slightly 3D against the backdrop of London as both elements have different depth of fields which is not possible to do in camera.

City of London corporate headshot.

This background is the opposite as it is too out of focus and does not look realistic as again the depth of field is incorrect and therefore the image looks false.

Office headshots London

To finish on a positive note the headshot below is our favourite of the batch and shows with careful positioning and balancing the right background with the correct headshot you can create a professional and striking corporate portrait for all media.

superimposed London backgrounds on corporate headshots

Grantly Lynch © Corporate Photography Ltd

Reportage Corporate Photography

Recent shoot for Henry Wiltshire International at their offices in Vauxhall. They have recently opened a new branch and asked us to capture some contemporary reportage office and staff images for their new website and PR campaign.

Corporate Communication Photography

Recent commission for Sanoma Media who are based in Finland and required a series of portraits featuring two successful sales employees who work as a team at the Outokumpu site in Sheffield.

corporate sales team photography

corporate sales meeting photography

corporate communications photography people relaxing

sales team corporate photography London

Recent commissions and samples of corporate headshots in London by Grantly Lynch.
© Corporate Photography Ltd

Staff Headshots

corporate photographer Grantly Lynch

Photographer Grantly Lynch
Another commission for law firm Shoosmiths LLP. I have worked with them for many years supplying headshots of all their staff for their intranet and for LinkedIn profile photos.  These informal style of portrait have recently become quite popular, but when I started shooting them over ten years ago they were seen as rather contemporary headshots for a large national law firm.

law company portraits

business headshots for Law company

solicitor profile portrait photography

corporate legal photography

staff headshots London

Office headshots

Corporate Headshots London  © Grantly Lynch

Business Profile Portraits

Photographer Grantly Lynch
Recent commission for US company at their London offices in The City. They said they just wanted very simple and clean headshots for marketing use. I sometimes find that a client will ask me to match the portraits they have had done before or similar to what the head office in the US has commissioned. This is OK but it can be pretty hard to match exactly and can result in plenty of photoshop work. Mostly though when clients see what I have captured for them they tend to go with the originals.

business portrait The City

Corporate portrait photography London

London profile photography

Grantly Lynch © Corporate Photography Ltd

Commercial Portsmouth Photographer

Portsmouth Photographer © Grantly Lynch
Photographer Grantly Lynch

My Portsmouth photography portfolio.

I have been undertaking commercial photography in Portsmouth for over 20 years.

My entire portfolio can be found here  Commercial Photographer Portsmouth

If you would like to commission me or have any questions please call me on 07831 366136 or email

Photo of nurse at Portsmouth Hospital- Photographer Grantly Lynch
Portsmouth Photographer © Grantly Lynch

Annual Report photography for Portsmouth Hospital Trust

Statue at the Royal Marines Museum Portsmouth
Portsmouth Photographer © Grantly Lynch

Statue at the Royal Marines Museum Portsmouth.

Commercial photography for Portsmouth City Council
Portsmouth Photographer © Grantly Lynch

Commercial photography for Portsmouth City Council

Commercial photography commission for Cradduck Design
Portsmouth Photographer © Grantly Lynch

Commercial photography commission for Cradduck Design

Marketing photography at Portsmouth Ferry Port
Portsmouth Photographer © Grantly Lynch

Marketing photography at Portsmouth Ferry Port

Portsmouth corporate photographer
Portsmouth Photographer © Grantly Lynch

Corporate people photographer Portsmouth

PR photography at Highbury College Portsmouth
Portsmouth Photographer © Grantly Lynch

PR photography at Highbury College Portsmouth

Portsmouth Wight Link ferry photographer
Portsmouth Photographer © Grantly Lynch

Portsmouth Wight Link ferry photography

Industrial photographer Portsmouth
Portsmouth Photographer © Grantly Lynch

Industrial photographer Portsmouth

PR photography for new Queen Alexandra Portsmouth
Portsmouth Photographer © Grantly Lynch

PR photography for new Queen Alexandra Portsmouth

Commercial photography for Wates Construction at Admiral Lord Nelson School
Portsmouth Photographer © Grantly Lynch

Commercial photography for Wates Construction at Admiral Lord Nelson School

Executive portraits for corporate marketing
Portsmouth Photographer © Grantly Lynch

Executive portraits by commercial photographer in Hampshire

Portrait photographer IBM North Harbour
Portsmouth Photographer © Grantly Lynch

Portrait photographer IBM Portsmouth. Marketing images for

Commercial photography at Portsmouth Company Wellman Defence
Portsmouth Photographer © Grantly Lynch

Commercial photography at Wellman Defence Portsmouth

Website portraits for Portsmouth business people
Portsmouth Photographer © Grantly Lynch

Website portraits for Portsmouth business people.

Product photography Portsmouth.
Portsmouth Photographer © Grantly Lynch

Product photography Portsmouth.

Corporate portrait photography for Zurich Insurance
Portsmouth Photographer © Grantly Lynch

Corporate portrait photography for Zurich Insurance

Brochure photography in Portsmouth Business
Portsmouth Photographer © Grantly Lynch

Brochure photography in Portsmouth Business

Queen Victoria statue Guildhall Square Portsmouth
Portsmouth Photographer © Grantly Lynch

Queen Victoria statue Guildhall Square Portsmouth

I studied photography at Portsmouth College of Art in the early 80s and then went to The Royal College of Art in London.

After working in London for several years I returned to Portsmouth to work as a freelance photographer.

I am currently looking to work with new clients in the Portsmouth area.

Grantly Lynch © Portsmouth Photographer 07831 366136 or email