ERIC SHEMTOV . LOS ANGELES . TEL AVIV | outdoor headshots and the weather


Natural light photography, and outdoor headshots are really popular right now, and it’s possible to shoot out doors at almost any time of the year if you prepare for the shoot with the weather in mind. I can shoot outdoors unless the weather is extreme. If it’s too windy, rainy, well below freezing or unbelievably hot, it may not be possible but there are tricks to get by in the in-between times, because let’s face it, Los Angels weather is nearly perfect.

Extreme Winter Cold:
Long underwear can be handy! If you can wear long under wear under a pair of jeans, even if it’s not super cold outside, this can make it easier to stay out a little longer and make it possible to wear a top that would other wise make you to cold. Gloves are good too. In a headshot we rarely see the hands so having a pair of gloves will make an out door shoot on a chilly day a little easier for you. Camisole for the ladies. If you can find a camisole or tank top that works under a couple of different tops that you were hoping to wear, it will not only add a layer to fight off the cold, it will make it much easier to switch outfits during the out door headshot session. Also, since a headshot can just be head and shoulders, you can take your winter coat down just out of the frame and stay pretty warm.
Windy days are hard on hair:
This is for those who have long hair and are hoping for an outdoor shoot on a breezy day. Load up on the hairspray. Even if you never wear hairspray day to day, we would use a good amount even in an indoor shoot, but if you wanted to do an outdoor shoot and it is a little breezy, if you layer on the hair spray so it stays together and is a little heavier, it will help a lot. Even if it feels nasty it will look great in the shots, and then you can always go home an give you hair a good wash.
The heat of summer:
Wear shorts and flip flops, whatever is coolest. Unless you want a 3/4's shot or a full body shot it doesn’t matter what you are wearing on the bottom half. This will make it possible to wear a top or shirt that would otherwise be to warm on a humid summer day.  Drink lots of cold water.