Professional headshots | Smart Growth America

I LOOOOOOVE a good professional headshot. Monday, I had the pleasure of working with the team at Smart Growth America to document their 2015 Local Leaders Council Policy Forum. It was a great event and we captured some great images, but my favorite part of the day was our on-the-fly decision to snap a new set of headshots for the staff members who were there.

All of these images were shot with natural light, no special equipment, and no assistant, on the covered patio entrance to the Omni Shoreham Hotel in DC's Woodley Park. I love scouting for perfect naturally-lit spots like this. Once I have a setting this good, all I have to do is coach my subjects into connecting with the camera.

Russ Brooks

All of these headshots were taken with my very favorite lens, the Canon 85mm f/1.2. On the other hand, if you have a staff this good looking, it's not hard to take a compelling photo! :)