Here’s a few tips to help you take good headshots at home.
Before we get started it might be worth exploring why you’ve decided to have your headshot at home.
Is it because it’s convenient, you like the location, or maybe you want to have your headshot taken somewhere that feels private. I would encourage you to consider other locations too, as you might find the light or a different location allows you to create a more flattering headshot.
It’s also worth knowing that some headshot photographers can take your headshot at home, so you don’t always have to go to a studio. You may pay a little more for the convenience and flexibility, but it may help you feel more relaxed. Choosing a space that feels relaxing and familiar is a popular choice and allows for quick outfit changes too.
I work with a mobile studio set up, with a backdrop (for neutral backgrounds) and a simple lighting set up. With modern technology and battery charged flash systems I can set up a mobile studio in 15 minutes. So it can be a really flexible option if you prefer to be photographed somewhere familiar.
If you’ve decided you’d like to give it a go yourself, I’ve written a short article how do you take a professional headshot to help you get started.
You’ll find five simple tips covering…
- Some basic composition ideas
- Capturing an engaging and approachable expression
- How to avoid distractions
- Using light to enhance your headshot
- Choosing the right camera and lens along with some low-cost options using your smartphone
There’s a lot to bring together to create a truly engaging headshot so I would always recommend working with a professional photographer. Hopefully these tips will have given you some insight into how to take good headshots at home. If you have the right kit, a basic understanding of lighting and a friend who feels confident with posing and direction, why not give it a go.
If you’d like to find out more, I’ve written a series of headshot photography FAQs. Clients often ask me these questions, so I hope you find them helpful.
If you prefer a chat instead, or you’d like to plan a headshot session you can book a complimentary consultation call here.