Branding Photoshoot Inspiration for Indoors & Outdoors

Do you have a personal branding photoshoot coming up and don’t quite know what to do? Read on for branding photoshoot inspiration from what the wear, where to shoot, and how to pose!


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Where to shoot for a branding photoshoot

The first step for branding photoshoot inspiration is the location. When you choose the location for a branding photoshoot, first consider what you are trying to communicate with your imagery to potential clients. 



For outside locations like a city street, look for a quieter area or shoot early in the morning to avoid people. Consider what a location would convey to a potential client and make sure it’s representative of your personal brand. 


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If you do a job that has you inside most of the time, consider shooting in a similar setting. If you do not have your own office or studio space, you can always rent a Peerspace that represents the space you want to be conveyed in.


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For formal headshots or branding photos on a plain background, consider shooting in a photo studio with a photographer experienced with studio photoshoots.


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What to wear for a branding photoshoot

When preparing what you’re wearing for a branding photoshoot, here are my do’s and don’t:


  • Wear clothing you are comfortable and confident in
  • Choose neutral or muted colors that won’t draw focus away from your face
  • Dress according to your profession or niche – what would you wear to work? To meet a client?
  • Make sure your clothes are clean and wrinkle free
  • Consider getting a fresh haircut or color
  • If you wear makeup, keep it neutral, natural, and minimal


  • Wear loud or complicated patterns that have the potential to not photograph well
  • Wear soiled or wrinkled clothing


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How to pose for a branding photoshoot

One of the most important steps in gathering branding photoshoot inspiration is what poses you will execute during the shoot.

Standing Poses

My go-to poses for standing are:

  • Leaning against a wall
  • Wide stance power pose with hands on hips/in pockets
  • Arms folded with ankles crossed
  • Sink weight into one hip and push hair behind ear


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Sitting Poses

My favorite sitting pose prompt is to ask my client to sit and address me as if I was a client during a meeting. I also love to have them lean towards the camera and give me their best fake laugh.


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Motion Poses

My absolute favorite pose prompt is have my client move! My go-to motion prompts for branding photoshoots are:

  • Walk towards the camera looking side to side
  • Walk away from the camera and look back
  • Walk across the camera and look behind you


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