Dina Sherman

Wk 5: Environmental Portraits

summer session course banner

We're going to think about photography this week, but also create some images that will be useful for your eportfolio. You'll make 2 self-portraits: a headshot, and an environmental portrait.

Todd Gray Todd Gray

Your Camera

Better cameras are better, but any camera, phones included, will let you think about the space of Environmental Portraits, and will let you generate a useful image for your portfolio. If you have a nice camera, or can work with a classmate or friend who does, great. If you can use a point-and-shoot, good. And if a phone is the best you can get access to, then a phone will work!

Dina Sherman Dina Sherman


If you're being featured in some way, like you're giving a talk on a new app you've written, or you're speaking about hospitality management, or you're featured in a dance concert, these images might wind up on a flier or a website promoting your event.

If it's an HR Director checking out your site, the images will still say something about you. A headshot will say that you're human and can smile, but an environmental portrait can show how deeply engaged you are with mechanical engineering, or health care, or communications. The words on your resume and website matter, but a great environmental portrait might just make the difference in the HR Director, or potential client, giving you a call.

Matthew Rodela Matthew Rodela

2 Pictures

Enlist all the help you need, or meetup with a classmate and help each other, to take 2 pictures:

  1. A Headshot
  2. An environmental portrait

Melissa Maxfield, studio Melissa Maxfield (in her studio)

Melissa Maxfield, gallery Melissa Maxfield (at her art gallery exhibition)


You can't do better than to 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 professionalism and your engagement with your field.

You can do a Google Image Search for "Headshot" too. They're simpler than environmental portraits, but also very valuable to have. Right or wrong, for 100,000 years we've looked at people's faces and made quick decisions about whether they're friend or foe. A simple, honest, direct headshot can make that HR Director, Future Client, Admissions Officer, etc, feel good about wanting to work with you.

Alex Vasquez Alex Vasquez

Your Post

Instead of doing a "blog post" about your activity this week, make an About Me page for your website / ePortfolio. Exactly how to do this might vary a bit depending on which platform you've decided to use, but it should be fairly easy on all platforms, and definitely shout out on Slack where your classmates and I can help sort out any details.

If you do a Google Search for "About Me Page" you'll find all kinds of articles on how to write an About Me page and what makes up a strong page. This page isn't quite your resume, although elements of your resume might fit in here. It's a short introduction to who you are, what you do, what you value, and what you have to offer.

Carrie Lincourt Carrie Lincourt


You could have a separate Contact page, or you could make that part of your About Me page. Some people will list their email, or even cell number on their page. You can do that if you want to, but you definitely don't have to. Probably all platforms will have a "contact form" where visitors can send you a message without them knowing your email.

The Internet can be a mean place. If you're a Game Designer for example, or even worse, a Female Game Designer, the trolls might go out of their way to try to make you miserable. But for most people, engineers, developers, biologists, fashion merchandisers, journalists, sociologists, and so on, you're probably not going to be trolled. For sure do whatever is comfortable for you, but you might want to think about what makes it easy for people to be in touch. Links to your LinkedIn or Facebook might be a handy way to provide access without giving out other info.

Beth Syverson Beth Syverson