Website photos in Pasadena

Everything you need to know about website photos – with a checklist!

Has your web designer or business coach recommended you get better photos for your website?

Your website is your first impression and you want compelling photos that engage potential clients.

I’m in Pasadena, CA, and create website photos for small businesses and solopreneurs.

Call me to book your session 626-676-9295

Email me to find out more Rebecca@RebeccaLittlePhotography

An assortment of website photos for a South Pasadena business created by Rebecca Little Photography on Green St. Colleagues headshots showing personality add energy to your business website. This collage features numerous employees in fun poses.
(Above) Website photo for KSHIFT, a South Pasadena company. Created during a Full-day Branding Session by Rebecca Little Photography

Call me if you need better website photos

We’ll discuss all the details, including

  • wardrobe
  • branding colors
  • where you’ll use your photos
  • how many photos you’ll need
  • how important are your social media channels to lead generation
  • what kind of image you want to present to potential clients
  • and much more!

I want to find out what’s important to you and your business.

I’m happy to work on location

We’ll discuss all the details before your session so I can design the perfect session for you.

What photos suit your business best?

  • Indoor, outside, or both?
  • Casual lifestyle, approachable and friendly
  • Reliability and consistency for professions like law and finance
  • Behind the scenes around the office
  • Staff headshots
  • Working with clients
  • A day in the life of your business

Hair and makeup provided

I can also provide hair and makeup artists at your location. It’s so nice to have someone style you – it’s one less thing to worry about!

A nice variety of images

We’ll create plenty of photos for your website, social media, conferences, email signatures, billboards, and speaking engagements.

Contact me to book your session 626-676-9295


Keep reading for more info and a checklist

(Above) Website photo for KSHIFT, a South Pasadena company. Created during a Full-day Branding Session by Rebecca Little Photography

Everything you need to know about website photos

We’ll go through all the things to consider when designing and creating photos for your website.

I create website photos for Pasadena businesses, but these tips are suitable for anyone. There’s a checklist below.

What do good website photos do?

They evoke emotion, quickly impart visual information, act as signposts to reinforce your message, and add visual appeal.

(Above) Website photos for a South Pasadena business

Good images evoke emotion

What emotions do you want your website visitors to feel? Do you want you and your staff to look happy and like you have fun in the office, or do you want to portray quiet professionalism?

Do your website photos convey the high energy and can-do attitude of a motivational coach or the solid reliability and trustworthiness of an estate planner?

Quickly impart visual information

Is your business service-focused or product-focused?

Are you a clothing designer that focuses on women over 50?

Are you a full-service Pilates studio with a variety of machines?

Website photos move your story along and provide useful visual clues about your business and what you offer.

Even if someone skims your copy, they will take in the visual information provided by your images.

Compelling website images for small businesses in Pasadena. This shows a group of employees working around a table with a facilitator.  There is a white board and lots of beautiful light in this office and makes for powerful visuals. Photos were created by Rebecca Little Photography in Pasadena.
(Above) Website photo for KSHIFT, a South Pasadena company. Created during a Full-day Branding Session by Rebecca Little Photography

Images reinforce your message

Can you imagine shopping for clothes online if there weren’t photos? It’s not enough to read the description.

If you have website copy about how friendly your staff is, an image of your staff laughing with a customer reinforces that.

When your yoga studio has an outdoor space for classes, you want to show that.

If you are a dog groomer and you love animals, show images of you with your own pets to show that this is more than just a job to you.

Rebecca Little Photography specializes in making women look and feel beautiful in front of the camera. The premier photographer for women in Pasadena, creating website photos, headshots, and branding images for Pasadena businesses. This is a headshot for Kat O'Sullivan of KSHIFT, a South Pasadena company.
(Above) Outdoor headshot of CEO Kat

Photos make your website look good

If you’re a makeup artist or floral arranger, it’s easy to have beautiful photos that appeal to your clients. But even a law office or business consultant can have images that add to the aesthetic of a website.

Images break up long blocks of text and make your website easier to read.

A cohesive color scheme and compelling images make your website look professional.

Friendly faces and well-photographed product shots welcome a visitor to your site.

Website photos of South Pasadena business created by Rebecca Little Photography on Green St in Pasadena. This photo studio is in historic Green Street Village east of Lake Ave.
(Above) Website photo of happy clients in South Pasadena

Position yourself as the best choice for clients searching the web

Your website is your introduction to clients searching the web. They may not have met you, but your website can give them loads of useful information.

Think of your website as your best salesperson and one that should be working hard for you.

It shouldn’t just sit there looking pretty.

Potential clients want to know who you are and what you offer. Great website photography can create a favorable impression quickly and persuade people to contact you.

Kat O'Sullivan of KSHIFT leading and facilitating a workshop elevating people, productivity and profit. Website images created by Rebecca Little Photography, a photo studio in Pasadena CA
(Above) Environmental photo of CEO Kat at work

Don’t just say it, show it!

A  graphic designer needs to portray a different image than a real estate agent. Good website photos can instantly convey the personality of your company.

Your ideal client will be drawn to your branding and your message.

Website photos are essential for a thriving website

Along with keyword optimization, simple informative writing, and a clear call to action, good website photos are essential. 

When you look at these website photos I created for this South Pasadena business, you immediately get a feel for the business.

  • You can see it’s not a stuffy corporate environment
  • The office is pet-friendly
  • The people that Kat, the CEO, is working with are having fun
  • Kat looks friendly and like she’d be fun to work with (she was)
  • There are different ages represented, so she’s not focusing on one demographic
(Above) Client during a team-building exercise

Isn’t stock footage good enough?

No. Why use stale generic photos that could be on any competitor’s site? You need to focus on what makes your company unique and why clients would hire you over someone else. 

Stock footage is not an authentic face of your business.

Ask yourself what your selling point is. Why are you better than your competition? Is it your product, your customer service, your experience, or your professionalism?

This is what you want to highlight with your images.

Custom website images are designed with your audience in mind and feature the best parts of your business.

Website photos in a colorful collage showing employees in a tug of war. These powerful website images were created by Rebecca Little Photography in Pasadena. This Pasadena photo studio excels in  creating headshots, branding and website photos.
(Above) Clients participating in a team-building exercise

Choosing website photos is a valuable exercise akin to creating a business plan.

When you think about what kind of website photos you need, you consider what your strengths are and what you want to say to your audience. 

It forces you to slow down and clarify your focus. Creating a shot list with your photographer organizes your thoughts and benefits your business.

A checklist for creating website photos

1. The first thing is to create a shot list

These are the specific photos you want on your website. You’ll also talk with your photographer, web designer, or business coach about the mood and personality you want to portray.

An example of a shot list for a woman who owns a daycare would be as follows.

Mood: I want bright, colorful images where everyone looks happy and professional. Everything is clean and neat. I want my clients to see I have an indoor playroom, a quiet bedroom for naps, and a backyard where we have water play and active playtime. I am a warm, nurturing, experienced caregiver and I want that to be the focus of my website. People can trust me with their children.

  • a traditional headshot looking professional and friendly for my home page
  • a portrait of me and my own children for my about page
  • headshots of each staff member to accompany their bios
  • headshots for my three favorite clients to accompany their testimonials
  • environmental shots of me playing in the backyard with the children
  • children playing in the kiddie pool
  • close-ups of crafts and paintings the children have made
  • my staff laughing together
  • a child sleeping in the crib looking peaceful
  • me and my staff holding children who are happy and/or laughing
  • me reading to the children
  • the children doing crafts
  • a wide shot of my playroom
  • individual images of the easels, paints, toys, blocks, and books
  • mealtime with the children around the table eating a nutritious lunch

2. Provide examples of images you like

You want to be on the same page as your photographer and make sure your definitions match. It’s a good idea to collect images that portray the image you want.

It’s best to either create a mood board on a site like Pinterest or print them out and have a binder so the photographer can see them beforehand and refer to them during the shoot.

This is an image of a woman and man looking at a laptop. the computer is sitting on a large white desk. There are windows behind and beside the, natural light fills the office. The man wears a yellow shirt adn looks at the monitor. The woman is leaning over beside hima nd also looking at the monitor while he moves the mouse. This website images was created by Rebecca Little Photography in Pasadena, CA.
(Above) Kat works with a client in her office

3. Decide how you’ll use your images

Will these be for printed marketing materials and social media? Sometimes it’s useful to have images with a lot of negative space so you can add text later. These can easily be cropped for alternate uses.

4. Landscape (horizontal) or portrait (vertical) orientation

Your website design will determine which kind of images you need.  Unless otherwise instructed, I create a variety of options for you.

5. Social media usage

We can easily repurpose your website photos for Instagram, LinkedIn, Google Business, and Facebook and I’ll show you how!

Even if you only post a few times a week, you know how difficult it is to come up with fresh content. You need a lot of images.

Here is a sample of the images I created for floral designer Bri Orozco of Blowouts and Blooms.

You don’t have to have a perfectly curated feed to be successful on social media. What’s important is to have images that grab your attention and copy that engages your audience.

It’s helpful to create a simple calendar to organize your social media posts so you can use your images efficiently. I can help you with that, too.

I offer a free template to help you create and schedule your social media posts.

Website photos showing employees filling out post it notes in a seminar facilitated by Kat O'Sullivan, a South Pasadena company. Rebecca Little Photography creates website photos and branding images for small businesses in Pasadena.
(Above) Client during a team-building exercise

6. A-roll images

Only a small percentage of your images will be used on your website because you’ll be choosing only the best, most engaging images. These are considered your A-roll.

7. B-roll images

These are the supplemental images that are secondary to your most important images. B-roll images are ideal for social media because you’ll have so many of them. 

B-roll can include 

  • alternate headshots that you love, but choose not to have on your website
  • environmental shots of your office or studio
  • product shots
  • casual photos of your team
  • lifestyle images showing your interests outside of the office like yoga, running, reading, gardening
  • hanging out with your pets
  • interacting with clients
  • portraits of your favorite vendors to accompany a short story about working with them
Rebecca Little Photography, the premier photographer for women in Pasadena, specializes in making women look and feel beautiful in front of the camera. This is a headshot of the owner of KSHIFT, a South Pasadena business.
(Above) Kat, Owner and CEO, in her office

8. High and low-resolution images

High-resolution images are large and used for printing and some social media use. If you plan on creating flyers or other printed material, you’ll need high-resolution images.

Low-resolution images are small and used on the web. Smaller size images help your website load faster.

I usually deliver both large and small file sizes so you have options.

9. How images help with SEO

SEO is search engine optimization. The goal of SEO is to appear as one of the first results when someone searches for the service you offer.

Google loves images! Images need proper file names, alt text, and good captions. If this is confusing to you, I can walk you through it. 

If you don’t have a website designer, I can show you how to easily optimize your images for the best SEO results.

10. File format

I deliver my images as jpegs. This format works best on websites and social media.

Raw images are straight-out-of-camera images with no adjustments. They are different from unretouched images. Most people don’t have the software to work with raw images.

TIFFS are very large and not appropriate for a website.

11. Wardrobe

Wardrobe is important in conveying your message. It’s an expression of you and your business, so put some thought into it.

Consider your branding colors. Your clothes don’t have to match your website colors, but they should match the mood of your website. This can mean either wearing bright colors or keeping a neutral palette.

You can look at other websites to see what works for you. Don’t forget to add it to your vision board.

(Above) Kat, a South Pasadena CEO, working with clients

12. Professional hair and makeup services

To make your day as stress-free as possible, you can have stylists come to your location and get you camera-ready. It’s one less thing to worry about.

Professional stylists have many years of experience and know exactly how to create a natural, flattering look for website photos and headshots.

13. Don’t forget updated headshots!

We’ll discuss what kind of image you want to project on your website. Modern, energetic, respectable, trustworthy, etc. For example, Chris is a consultant for foundations and wanted a traditional, elegant headshot for her new website, so we created this headshot for her.

What happens when you book a session with me to create website photos

We’ll connect over the phone or email and set up a time to talk in-depth.

We’ll go through the checklist above and iron out all the details.

I want to know all about your business and your ideal client. What makes your business great? What do you want to focus on? What’s most appealing to your ideal client?

We’ll discuss all the images you need for your website, social media, and marketing materials. We can share a mood board so I can see what kind of images you like. If you need suggestions, I can help by showing you images that I think will work well.

(Above) Kat in her office

Which session is right for you?

I offer Full-day and Half-day sessions and they are done on location.

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Contact me now – I’d love to work with you!

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(Above) Website photos for a South Pasadena business

Website photos for a South Pasadena business

For the Branding Session featured above, I created website photos for KSHIFT, a South Pasadena business. This was a full-day session and she received over 400 images.


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