Headshot Background Options

By Dennis Drenner on 18 Apr 2017
in Preparing for your shoot

There are a few things to consider when choosing a background for someone's headshot. What is the skin and hair color? What is their clothing? What feeling do they want to project – Snuggly Teddy Bear or Chuck Norris? Do I need to match a style or color that their company is currently using?

During longer sessions, there’s more time to experiment with different options, but for larger group sessions (20 people and up) we usually have to make a decision and stick with it to keep to a schedule.

Here's a list of the most common background ...


This posts answers all of the most common questions. If you still have questions after reading this, please shoot me a message at dennis@dennisdrenner.com.

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I probably don’t need to tell you that an ancient Egyptian inspired fascinator hat is not the ideal accessory for your headshot shoot. Neither is whatever you call that guy’s shirt. But it is a fun way to make an important point: When you are having a portrait done, your clothing should not distract from your face. Nor should your jewelry or makeup. The headshot is about your face and your personality, and anything that distracts from those will work against you (and be intensely frowned upon by your photographer).


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