I received a dire email several weeks ago advising me that as part of the re-design of the firm’s website, the firm was bringing in a photographer to take new photos of all of the lawyers. Oh no.
If you haven’t visited many law firm websites, the lawyers’ photos are generally one of three types: (1) headshots that are not so different than your elementary school pictures; (2) tough-guy pictures with crossed arms and unsmiling faces; (3) pseudo-action shots that are supposed to look candid but just look weird.
We were advised that the pictures would be full-body shots (WHat?WhAt?) and exhorted to wear professional clothing. It was suggested that we bring more than one option to the shoot and that the men bring an assortment of ties.
The Directrice mentally began rifling through her closet. So many lawyerly outfits . . .
Upon reading the email more carefully, I saw that we were being told to wear traditional professional attire. That is, a suit with a white or blue shirt.
This was my compromise.
Note: This is not my actual firm photo. This is the re-imagined version by The Directrice staff photographer.
I do love this suit. While it will never be the peak of fashion, it also will never be out of style. The jacket is trim, but not shrunken, and the lapels are perfectly proportioned for the jacket and me. This suit would look equally good with a white cotton blouse, a colorful (patterned) silk blouse, or a lightweight crewneck sweater. The jacket closes with a single button, but next to the button is a purely ornamental chiffon trim, tied in a floppy bow. Charmant!
The team that came to do the photographs was very impressive: photographer, photographer’s assistant, makeup artist/stylist. The makeup artist made the dark circles under my eyes disappear with a few rapid brush strokes and an excellent concealer. (For those who are curious, she used MAC Pro Longwear Concealer.)
The photographer snapped two dozen pictures in rapid succession and while we looked them over, the stylist noted that the buttons on my blouse were purple, something I had never noticed.
As it turns out, full-body shots will not be used on the website. It was a ruse! We were photographed standing because standing (generally) produces better posture than sitting. The shots will be cropped — something more than a classic headshot, but less than a 3/4 portrait. I hope that the bow on my jacket will show.
For your benefit, however, I have included full body shots here. Note the posture.
Suit: Elie Tahari; Blouse: Tory Burch; Bag: Coach Gramercy Satchel; Shoes: Lazio Collezione