Headshots get human

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Photographer Brian Smale has shot the gamut of corporate headshots over his long career. But the trend toward business casual and efforts to recruit lifestyle-happy millenials means headshots aren’t what they used to be. And that’s a good thing. “There’s so much more life and creativity,” he says, describing his latest work for MicroSoft.


No longer a stodgy portrait requiring a suit and air of detached confidence, employees are now encouraged to show their true selves. “We ask them to dress casually, bring along an object or a skill and just relax and have fun with it.

“just relax and have fun with it”

In his well-awarded career, Brian has earned recognition for his portraits of leaders in business, tech, politics and science. So he’s completely unfazed by employees with performance-shy pups or questionable juggling talent. Headshots may never be the same.