Portrait Styles & Backgrounds

There are lots of names for different portrait styles… let us make it easy for you:


(Click cat­e­go­ry below for details & exam­ples)

Formal Portrait

For­mal Por­trait (with Stu­dio Back­drop or in Envi­ron­ment): This is the head & shoul­ders, look­ing at the cam­era, dressed-up, stu­dio light­ed shot. ( note ‘head & shoul­ders’ or ‘full length’) In a for­mal por­trait, decide if you want a plain/studio back­ground or a sim­ple por­tion of the envi­ron­ment as the back­ground.

Environmental Portrait

Envi­ron­men­tal Por­trait: No, it does­n’t mean we’re ‘going green’, it’s just a lit­tle more casu­al por­trait style.We loosen-up a lit­tle and show even more of the envi­ron­ment around the subject—whether a board room, or a lock­er room—That’s an envi­ron­men­tal por­trait . Envi­ron­men­tal por­traits are great for newslet­ters, brochures, and places you want a more comfortable/relaxed feel.

Candid Portriat

Can­did Por­trait: The can­did por­trait or action shot shows the sub­ject actu­al­ly (or set-up to look like they are…) doing their work.






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