The Art of the Outdoor Headshot-from a top San Francisco Corporate Headshot Event and Branding Photographer and Videographer
A corporate photoshoot doesn’t always mean taking pictures in a workplace or at an event. Sometimes, you need to get outside. Obviously this is a great way to set up some stunning backdrops for your pictures, but nature being, well, nature, you might not always find the most conducive conditions out there. That’s where a professional photographer comes in—we know a thing or two about the art of the outdoor photoshoot! Or in the case of this post, a thing or three. Let’s learn a little about the weather, the woods, and the water, and how they play into a shoot done out of doors.
This is a big reason to find a professional who knows the best times of day and times of year to get good shots outside. January through March, you might luck out and get a day when it’s merely overcast, which lends itself well to photography, but you’re playing roulette with the rain and everyone’s luck runs out eventually. Needless to say, you don’t want to do a photoshoot in the rain (and I could do without it too). If you want outdoor headshots, your best bet is planning for March through October. There’ll be lots of direct sunlight, but I bring a ton of light-blocking equipment to make sure you don’t look like you’re squinting or wincing away from the sun. And if we shoot between early morning and midafternoon, there won’t be as much light in your eyes to begin with.
Trees and greenery are a big reason to shoot outside. A woodsy background can make for some amazing shots, individual or group. But in order to take advantage of all the texture and colour a sylvan backdrop can provide, you have to make sure you’re shooting in the right conditions. Time of day and time of year are still important so the light hits the woods just right to show off all those colours, and so the details of texture look great.
Shooting near a stream, river or the ocean at Ocean Beach can provide beautiful images, and a lot of people think the ocean makes an even better backdrop. After all, it’s the ocean! And we have so much of it here. Problem is, the ocean doesn’t really look like you might think. It’s usually a big boring field of white unless you’re shooting in Hawaii, really, where it’s an amazing blue. (Now, if you want me to go to Hawaii for a shoot, I’ll take one for the team!)
Getting good shots outside isn’t easy, and it really is an art. That’s one more reason to connect with a pro. If you like what you’ve read in this post, why not visit and subscribe to my blog, my google page, twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn?
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