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Jan 14, 2021

An Environmental Portrait Session in New York City

Posted By Claudine Williams

An environmental portrait is one that is taken in an environment that helps describe the person being photographed. For example, a librarian photographed in a library be an environmental portrait. These types of portraits help show the personality and interests of the person without them even speaking. I find environmental portraits to be one of my favorite types of photography. 

These were recently taken of Kelley, who has been working as a consultant from home. She left the full-time working world to be at home with her kids a few years ago and needed to elevate her digital brand. We decided that her home would be a great backdrop for her portrait session. I used a combination of window and strobe lights to create natural looking photographs.  

Environmental portrait taken in New York City

Note: All Covid-19 safety protocols were followed, such as mask wearing, washing of hands, and keeping a physical distance. I also chose not to use an assistant to keep the number of people in her apartment at the lowest number possible.