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How I Took My Own Headshots + Nikon D750 Tips

I was asked how I take my own headshots, so here goes!

Holly Butler Photography | How I Shoot My Own Headshots

First, I want to note that when a client comes to my home studio setup, there aren't pictures on the walls like you see in the below cell phone shot. Those pictures actually cover where the screws are to hang my backdrop bar for when I convert this space to a home studio!


For these headshots, I pulled out my pop-up backdrop that's black on one side and white on the other. I used window light on the left and fill light on the right. *This image was taken before we installed vinyl planking.

Holly Butler Photography | How I Shoot My Own Headshots

My Nikon D750 has wifi capabilities and there's an app I downloaded to my phone called Wireless Mobile Utility. I am able to connect my camera's wifi to my phone and see a live view of what my camera sees. I can choose where to focus and click the shutter using this app. It's way better than setting a timer on my camera!

Holly Butler Photography | How I Shoot My Own Headshots

Holly Butler Photography | How I Shoot My Own Headshots

Holly Butler Photography | How I Shoot My Own Headshots

Holly Butler Photography | How I Shoot My Own Headshots

Holly Butler Photography | How I Shoot My Own Headshots

Holly Butler Photography | How I Shoot My Own Headshots

Holly Butler Photography | How I Shoot My Own Headshots

Holly Butler Photography | How I Shoot My Own Headshots

Holly Butler Photography | How I Shoot My Own Headshots

My phone is in my left hand lol.


I opted for the black side of my backdrop, but adjusted the lighting, so it wasn't solid black. I used my backup camera as a prop to pose with. In photoshop, I filled a blank layer with a gradient, using the color samples from my backdrop. I then masked the areas where the backdrop was missing and added noise to the gradient layer. I usually smooth out imperfections in my skin, sharpen my eyes, fix glasses glare and things like that. Oh and I did use a fan for my hair hahahaha!!

Thanks for looking!!

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