When you’re trying to decide what type of background is best for your head-shot, it can become a bit challenging. So, let’s go over a few typical options for head-shots and personal branding backgrounds that really enhance your profile and are very easy to do.
Keep in mind, some of the backgrounds option are free, others will require a small investment and editing by your photographer to create look you want, depending upon the look and feel you’re going after for your head-shot.
1. Natural Background
The natural scenery has become our most common background. Whether it’s a profile image on LinkedIn, a personal image on Facebook or a typical setting in the office, the natural setting has become the norm.
The key point when having your head-shots taken in a natural setting is to make sure your photographer separates you from the background of your image by blurring the background of your head-shot enough so that a person’s focus is immediately brought to you and not the background.
2. White Background
The white background is most common in the corporate world because it’s easy, looks good on the website and it works very well for male & females. If you use a white background for your head-shot, you can’t go wrong.
Here are a few advantages for having a white background.
- White backgrounds can be created for your head-shot in just about any setting where you have white lighting.
- Your photographer doesn’t need a lot of space and equipment. A 3′ x 3′ piece of white art paper taped on the wall of your office will work just fine.
- White backgrounds are very quick. You can easily set up a session to be done at your office and get back to work within 30-minutes.
3. Black Background
First let me say that I’ve never done a head-shot with a black background. However, they’re just as simple and easy to do as a white background, but a lot darker.
I do remember photographing a maternity session where the family wanted a black background and recently a newborn session to bring out the details of the baby.
So the picture below is from the newborn session because I wanted to give you an idea of what your black background head-shot would look like.
4. Grunge Background
These types of backgrounds can be very difficult because you have to carefully match your skin tone with the color of your clothes, eyes, and background to get the right mix that makes your head-shot pop. I typically encourage clients to stick with the natural or white background for a more professional look.
But if you get the right mix of colors, you’re head-shot can look really good on a grunge background.
5. Brick Wall Background
Last but not least is the brick wall. Again, I haven’t done a head-shot session where the client wanted a brick wall as the background. However, the head-shots I’ve seen online look well with a brick background for the right person.
My suggestions would be to have a friend or co-worker take a few pictures of you standing in front of a brick wall with your camera phone to get an idea of what your head-shot wild look like with a brick wall background. If you like it, I say go for it. If not, stick with the white, black or grunge background.
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