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How to Take a Headshot

Learn how to take headshots from professional photographer Chris Ryan in this Howcast video.


My name is Chris Ryan. I'm a photographer. We're here at my studio, Chris Ryan Photography, in northwest Portland. If you'd like to see more of my work, please visit my website at, or if you'd like to follow my daily activities, go to my Facebook page, Chris Ryan Photography in Portland, Oregon. Today, I'm going to talk to you about studio photography. Okay, so a little bit about head shots, which is very similar to portrait photography, but we want to give head shots a little more of a fun lifestyle kind of look. Portraiture we do in the studio. Corporate portraiture a little more formal; but if it's an actor, a model, even an athlete I like to do them outside. I like to give them that natural sort of lifestyle look to head shots. Today, it's raining, so I'm shooting from a doorway to keep my equipment dry; and then our model, Marika, is outside in the rain with an umbrella, which is actually kind of a fun look. So, this is not a bad day for head shots. So you just sort of pose your subject in a natural way, little bit of a smile, little bit of a head tilt. If you can include some interesting part of the background then great; in this case, Marika has a nice umbrella, so that works for a tight shot, and then I'll also widen out a little bit and include some of the tree in the background. So, that's good, Marika, very nice.

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