Choosing the Right Background for Your Headshot
In a recent post, we discussed how important it is to know the goal of your headshot. A picture that will help you get a job is probably quite different from a picture that will help you get a date. One thing to consider in your goal to create the best headshot possible is the background. If you hire a professional photographer, you will most likely visit his/her studio where the photographer will use a white, grey, or black background.
The reason for a neutral background is pretty simple: external elements in the background serve to distract viewers from the main focus of a headshot, your face. When a headshot picture is taken outdoors, the photographer will more than likely mute and blur the background to keep the focus on your face. Here are a few sample headshots with the common basic backgrounds: white, grey, dark grey, and black.
A couple examples of indoor backgrounds include a chalkboard and brick walled interior.
If you want an outdoor portrait, here are a few ways to do it: greenery, a building, or the blue sky.
Or you might choose a background that indicates motion…
Whichever background you decide to use for your headshot, make sure it helps convey the meaning you intend to capture in the end result you’re after.