An accounting firm in Clearwater, Florida that has offices around the country needed new headshots. They had hired a marketing firm to take charge of this and from them I was given very specific requirements for making headshots in the exact style they wanted. This included being as specific as getting a particular "TV gray" background from BH Photo! This was fine with me as the more details the more I can deliver exactly what the client wants. Yet, despite all these guidelines, the final style of the headshots allowed for a good bit of creativity as the person being photographed could choose from one of 12+ different headshot poses!
This is the setup I used. I had to order the TV gray background of course since I did not have one lying around already. I also bought the large stand to hold the background, which in this case was 9 feet wide. The stands can hold up to a 12 foot wide background.
This person used the stool for resting his arms upon, which was one of several posing choices the marketing company offered. In another first, I had not tried this kind of composition before and now have it as an example I can offer to my own future headshot clients. You can see how the marketing company used another headshot of this person in a final version on the company website.
Another requirement for all the headshots was to leave a lot of space to the left of the subject. The marketing company would then crop the headshots to how they wanted. I had great help from a staff member of the accounting firm in both setting up the photography gear and in choosing what poses worked best for each person. It turned out to be one of the most fun headshot shoots I have had!