Writers and Actors require portraits and headshot photography on a regular basis for their promotional material ahead of book launches and stage/film and television appearances but now most professionals require at least a head-shot if not a range of portraits they can also utilise.
I’ve been lucky to produce portraits for writer’s in the past and last week I visited another local writer and editor to produce some more natural portraits for her. With portraits being essential to promotion and social media profiles it’s no wonder that I’m currently doing more and more work in this area, and it’s always really enjoyable work.
A typical head shot portrait session will aim to produce a selection of portraits that the client can choose from when adding their photographs to their online profiles and promotional material. I generally find that the portraits I produce at such sessions can be divided into three different types of photograph as described below.
If the brief includes a requirement for photographs that can be included in web pages I usually cater for this by producing a few photographs using a white background which not only gives you a neutral background but also allows graphic designers to easily manipulate your images when designing websites.
In the majority though client’s often have a preference for natural portraits produced outdoors in a natural setting. Being outside does have the great effect of allowing people to relax more particularly in front of a camera, and generally natural light provides lots of opportunity for great portraits with lovely natural backgrounds. Using professional camera equipment allows you to use the outdoors as a natural studio whilst minimising any distractions from the subject of your portrait.
The half way house is what I and no doubt others call an environmental portrait. This pictures the client in their working environment and usually uses a little bit of lighting to get everything looking right in the camera. It’s not as natural as an outdoor portrait but does give you context to your work, and can be used in PR material and articles about you and/or your work.
My recent session was a mix of environmental and natural portraits I hope you like some of the photographs produced below.