So as a full time photographer, one of the most common questions I get is “where is your studio?” Well… I don’t have a studio. Is that weird? I’m not sure. Maybe. I do all of my shoots on location and with natural light- and that’s how I like it.
I think there’s still a place in this world for studio driven work, but it’s just not my style. Although I’ve done work on static backgrounds with lighting before, I find that I am much more inspired and satisfied with my work when I am out in the world creating it.
My friend Abigail was looking for new headshots for her professional dancing career (she gets to travel all over the world to do performance work!) so I was excited to get to dream up some colorful ideas with her! I’ve done a few headshot sessions in the same area in Mid-City Baton Rouge where some colorful walls are, but with every client it’s a different experience and I get completely different results.
Here are my top 5 tips for photographing headshots on location and not in a studio:
Find A Versatile Spot
I think people really underestimate how much magic photographers can make with any given location. Between strategic cropping, depth of field, and a creative eye, an otherwise mundane spot can end up being perfect for close up headshots from the perspective of a photographer. I like to bring clients to spots that will make the most out of our time together. This might mean a colorful wall that’s also near a white wall that’s also near an area with greenery that might also be near some graffiti… you get the picture. It doesn’t have to be anything super glamorous- I literally had Abigail sit down against a dumpster for one of the shots. I want to be able to walk around and get a ton of different shots within a short time frame so we don’t waste time driving from location to location.