What’s behind YOUR face…
After all my ‘do’s and don’ts’ posts relating to your face it’s now time to think of what’s framing it! Depending on how you want to portray your business, the background can make a big difference to the ‘look’ and it’s good to start thinking about this before your shoot.
It’s important to keep the picture simple as it’s you and not the location or backdrop that’s important but there are a few options to think about depending on your type of work and client base. If you’re getting some ‘in situ’ shots done too (at your massage table, in the yoga studio etc) then the background is pretty obvious but even with your profile pics, what’s behind you could make a difference.
Here is a very crude and basic list of possible choices to start with though of course anything is possible (within reason!)
Grey or white plain backdrops or, if in a very light and attractive office a great shot with blurred office background. Windows look great if taken at a jaunty angle too
THERAPISTS AND ANY OTHER FACE TO FACE HEADSHOTS
Plain grey or black studio/outdoors with natural light/indoors with hint of interior – important to look inviting, warm and appealing with a hint of some lovely location.
SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS
Any colour background/outdoors with natural light/indoors with hint of office or home interior
Outdoors with natural light – urban shot with (blurry) wall in shot or just dark or black outdoor background. Some photographers favour hints of foliage and park (though I’m not a big fan!)