Better cameras are better, but any camera, phones included, will let you think about the space of Environmental Portraits, and will let you generate an image that might be useful in the future.
While “headshots” show that you’re human and can smile, environmental portraits show how deeply engaged you are with mechanical engineering, your band, health care, skateboarding, business marketing, communications, etc
Your Environmental Portrait
Enlist all the help you need, or meetup with a classmate and help each other to take an Environmental Portrait that reflects something important about you, how you live, or what you care about.
Melissa Maxfield (in her studio)
Melissa Maxfield (at her art gallery exhibition)
In addition to the few pix on this page, you can do a Google Image Search for “Environmental Portrait.” You’ll find lots of great images. Sometimes the subject looks at the camera. Sometimes they look at their work. Sometimes they’re in their studio, lab, or office. Sometimes they’re in the field. For your environmental portrait, try to find a setting that expresses your passion, whether that’s about your career, or another aspect of your life.
In addition to your photo(s), describe:
- What you were going for
- How successful you think you were or were not
- What you might do different next time