Location and headshot ideas…

I recently had the opportunity to take some headshots of my husband’s cousin Samantha. She writes for the wellness section of a blog called Sky Braun. She needed some headshots and pictures for the site. She wanted them to feel relaxed and approachable.  Here are some of the shots.

Here are some headshot locations and ideas:

Locations: Typically with it being a head shot you can get away with a simple background because the focus is from the shoulders up, but if they need some full body shots in as well then these locations are great.

  • a local library
  • a farmers market
  • beach
  • hiking or bike path
  • garden
  • downtown for more of an urban feel

Ideas: I would suggest gearing your pictures towards what your client needs. With Samantha she needed some shots that felt approachable and casual. We both loved the idea of the beach and I brought along a sweater made of cozy material and a white blanket. These props weren’t the main focus but gave the pictures a relaxed natural feel. Here are some other ideas:

  • Brick background with glasses or books
  • yoga mat and a garden background
  • at a kitchen island with cooking props

Like I said above, since the idea is to have the main focus from the shoulder up props are not always necessary but they can help bring variety.

Do you like to add a few props or subtle extras to make a headshot unique?