Headshot Photoshoot | Indoor Photography Setup & Behind the Scenes

Recently, I’ve had some feelings of boredom and creative restlessness. As you lovely people know, I love photography. I always have. The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve been fascinated by it. I’d been dying to get behind a camera; and life finally calmed down enough to where I could. Fortunately, I have a friend who loves to model. So, we set up an impromptu photoshoot to get some fun headshots in. We didn’t have a clear direction of what we wanted to accomplish. So, we just went with the flow, which sometimes is the best way to do things.

My friend (@10nidhi on insta) came in with her outfit and base makeup done. I had no clue what she was going to wear until she showed up. When she came in, we fixed her hair with a NUME 1.5” wand. We added some loose curls, blue glitter and jewels to make things a little fun. The reason we chose blue was because it’s a nice contrasting color to the bright yellow top she was wearing.

I wanted to put in a nice blue or gray background to again add a bit of contrast without it being so stark as white or black. The gray background is actually one of those ikea pull down blinds that I found on clearance and new it would be a great backdrop. I first tried it with the blue background and couldn’t seem to get the colors right (pictured below). I’m sure with some photoshopping, I could have also made this look nice, but we had so many more pictures to choose from.

The Blue Background

The gray was the winner for us. I went in and edited the photo by adding some blue to the background. This was easily done with some photoshopping. I had a gold reflector set up just to add some warmth and glow to the face.

Let’s Get Technical

For those of you who are interested in getting into photography, here’s what I did for my shoot. Prior to my friend’s arrival, I had everything set up other than a background. I have a fairly inexpensive lighting and background set from Amazon. My setup was simple. I wanted to use natural light, because in my opinion it’s the best. It was mid afternoon on a cloudy day, so the light was nice and diffused. I set up in our sun room and I opened the door allowing extra light to come in. I had a gold reflector set up just to add some warmth and glow to the face.

My little dog, Colin (@countryboycolin), also wanted to get in on the action; so we took some fun test shots with him in it. And they looked so good.

I used my 70-300mm lens. I was on manual mode with an high ISO about (6400) I think. The end results were really nice in my opinion! We picked our faves and then I started editing. I smoothed out her skin a bit, added some contrast and black, brightened it up and added some more saturation.

Take a look and let me know what you think! I love getting some fun photsoshoots done when I have the time. It is one of my favorite hobbies; and I don’t think I’ll ever stop getting behind the camera. Hope this helps if you want to set up a very basic studio for a shoot! I linked my camera and my photography kit below. Thanks for reading!!!

A few of our other faves!

Photography Light Kit:



Nikon D3400


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