I offer two options for my actor and professional headshot clients: 1) natural light in urban location or 2) natural light studio.
Either way, I have spent my photography career learning to master natural light and am confident that how I use light will be flattering and natural in either location. The differences in the location types boil down to A) what is behind you and B) the experience you desire while on your photoshoot.
I thought I’d do a quick post sharing some examples of what is possible in the studio vs on location, along with a few words on the pros and cons of each.
1. OUTSIDE: URBAN, CONTEMPORARY, VIBRANT, APPROACHABLE, PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOTS
Sessions shot outdoors are a bit more improvisational than in the studio, as both you and I will be responding to the immediate conditions of that day, weather, light and location. People tell me often that they to appreciate the “depth” they see in my outdoor photos, which serves to push the focus to the connection they can feel in my subjects’ eyes. I always start in an area which is slightly removed from crowds, so you’ll feel comfortable, yet alive with the vibrance of the city. There’s a fun energy created on these sessions which is reflected in the style of the photos, and I believe reacting in the urban environment leads to part of the very "natural" expressions we get out there. These sessions are always vibrant and fresh.
Urban Street Session BENEFITS:
vibrant, energetic, colorful, depth in backgrounds
eye-catching, memorable, unique
Urban Street Session CHALLENGES:
weather can be an issue (mostly wind, but can also add element of fresh, natural movement)
must pack wardrobe to carry (rolling suitcase is best)
2. NATURAL LIGHT STUDIO: MODERN, CLEAN, CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT HEADSHOTS
My natural light studio is a shared co-op space, so does require advanced booking. In here, the light is consistent and beautiful. It is quiet and a controlled setting, which for some people can be preferable. I have a few different seamless backdrop options, so you won’t be getting the stiff, traditional yearbook background! These sessions are modern, comfortable and consistently beautiful.
Natural Light Studio BENEFITS:
controlled, predictable, quiet
neutral, professional look
easy to change and keep wardrobe at studio
Natural Light Studio CHALLENGES:
shared studio space can be harder to book
not as much depth in photos (if that's important to you)
IN SUMMARY... Either way you go, even if you're not comfortable with the idea of getting in front of the camera, my promise to you is that you'll end up having a great experience!