You may meet some headshot photographers who almost exclusively shoot studio sessions. They may reason that you don't have to think about the weather, you have better control over light, and that your backgrounds are at no risk of being distracting.
Of course these are legitimate challenges, but a strong headshot photographer should not only be able to work in these creative limits, but create better shots for them.
So why do we love shooting outside?
First, your backgrounds will almost always be more vibrant. If you're looking for a creative shot or something to shake up your LinkedIn profile, shooting outdoors will give you richer colors that will draw eyes to the image. As for distracting backgrounds, ensuring this doesn't happen has everything to do with your photographer's equipment and composition. Make sure to look at portfolios–do you notice anything in the background? Does anything steal your attention away from the subject (the answer should, hopefully, be no).
Second, shooting outdoors puts you in a different element. Literally. Leaving the studio reduces a lot of pressure; rather than focusing on the lights and backdrop around you, shooting outside allows you the potential to interact more freely with the camera. If you are self-conscious about shooting in front of other people, check out our post from last week.
And Finally, as long as your photographer knows how to creatively add light where needed, outdoor light will virtually always be richer, enhancing your expression by adding different atmospheres.
If you still need some convincing, check out the shots below:
Do you like shooting outdoors? Do you feel more confident in the studio? Let us know! Comment below or tweet us @mjbhomeent !