The headshot is a specific type of portrait that clearly demonstrates a person’s appearance with the aim of capturing their personality. They are typically used by models and actors but modern businesses often make use of this type of photography to represent their leaders and employees on various branding platforms. The rise of social media means that more and more people are using them to engage with a wider audience and can be the key to successful self-promotion.

The pictures below were shot outdoors instead of a traditional studio setup. The aim was to give those headshots more energy and a cinematic look. By using a lens with a long focal length, I managed to throw the background out of focus and this also helped to render the facial features more accurately without any distortion that can typically appear when using a wider lens. Also the autumn colors prevalent at this time of the year created a great backdrop and added a specific mood to these shots.