San Francisco photographer specializing in unique, powerful, beautiful professional business headshots, professional portrait photos, creative casual headshots, not so corporate headshots, natural headshots, executive headshots, employee headshots, natural headshots, website, social media, acting headshots, business branding photos, lifestyle images, press and corporate LinkedIn profiles. Whether you are looking for a natural, casual headshot, personal branding for your website, a customized backdrop for your personality, or environmental office and professional business image photography for your team let’s talk!

Outdoor Headshots San Francisco Bay Area, Oakland, Berkeley, Marin County & Beyond

My approach for professional headshots is to highlight strengths and capture individuality of people in flattering, unique customized environments during the photo session. Location scouting and creative direction is my specialty and I assist with outfits, poses, wardrobe selection and color coordination for the photoshoot. I shoot outdoors, public spaces, client sites with natural light for approachable yet professional pictures. I seek a balance of professionalism, approachability and trust in my photos.


Studio vs On Site Locations, Studio vs Natural Light, Indoor vs Outdoor Headshots

Most photographers shoot headshots indoors, in studios, against generic backdrops. This can be great for consistency for company branding but creativity and uniqueness is lost in the process. The only companies doing this are more legacy companies like finance, law firms etc. that are more uptight. Most startups, tech companies and creative and small businesses prefer more personalized, unique backgrounds.

Most people default to studio shots that are ok for consistency (conformity, stiffness, photoshopping) but lack individuality, creativity. This might have been fine in 15-20 years ago but these days, more and more companies rely on photos and other media to set themselves are apart. A great photographer can improvise with surrounding and environments like wind, sun, crowds etc. whereas studio photographers prefer controlled, generic environments. If you want something generic or want to maintain consistency, studios might be your best bet.

If you want individuality or want to have the environment as part of your branding, go with someone who shoots outdoors. Also consider an indoor environment such as an office, atrium, hotel lobby, that offers protection from the elements but without the stiffness from a stdio headshot. The purpose of a headshot is to convey individuality and brand. Don’t get lost in another stiff, boring studio headshot.

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What To Wear For Outdoor Headshots: Outdoor Headshot Tips, Ideas For Best Headshot Poses

For women’s wardrobe tips read this guide. For men’s clothing tips, be sure to read this guide.

For tips, examples and ideas on how to prepare for your photography headshot including what size and orientation do you need, how often should you update your headshots, cropping tips, colors to wear, how to look good in your headshot and should you smile for your headshot, how to pose read this post. For tips on cropping, pixel sizes, photo dimensions, size requirements for social media and website use, read this reference guide

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What Makes A Great Headshot? What Makes A Headshot Standout? Outdoor Business Portraits

New, original fresh headshots stand out the most. Ones taken in a studio with generic backgrounds, excessive photoshopping techniques and self-absorbed narcissistic expressions are glossed over easily because of their cliche nature. Outdoor, environmental shots provide unique backgrounds that can add dimension and a unique angle to your photos.


What Color Is Best To Wear For Headshots?

Men’s Headshot Wardrobe Tips

Women’s Headshot Wardrobe Tips


Headshot Backgrounds: What Color Background Is Best For Headshots?

There are a number of factors here including industry, skin tone, hair color and outfits. There is no perfect, absolute answer as it’s it more qualitative than quantitive. A good photographer should be able to guide you through recommendations that factors all these items together to make your photos pop.


Related Reading To: Can Headshots Be Taken Outside

Contact me today to book your session with me: https://eddie-hernandez.com/contact/ 

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For artistic, acting headshots, view this gallery.

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For tips on cropping, sizing, pixels, dimensions for social media read this reference guide

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About Eddie Hernandez

Eddie Hernandez is a professional photographer based in San Francisco, servicing clients in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago. His speciality is approachable, professional photos and focuses on outdoor headshots, branding photos, lifestyle images and those seeking something custom rather than a boring, stiff studio headshot.

His locations scouting is second to none. He factors outfits, hairstyles, hair colors, skin tones, industries, inspiration and availability to customize photos for LinkedIn, branding efforts, press releases, company websites, speaking conferences and personal websites.

His clients include VC firms, CEO's, Founders, Attorneys, Tech, Non-Profits, Medical Professionals, Coaches, Engineers, Government Employees and Creative Professionals from companies like Google, Apple, Salesforce, Linkedin, Facebook, Instagram, Yelp & more.

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