Five reasons to choose dark background corporate headshots.

Corporate portraits and business headshots

I love shooting dark background corporate headshots because of the drama, strength and impact they provide. There is also the way that colour pops when it is set off against a dark background.
Here are Five reasons to choose dark background corporate headshots.

1. It Sets a Dramatic Tone

A dark background is definitely more dramatic than a solid white or light grey. It shows confidence and creativity. It speaks with more impact. I particularly like a red dress or shirt on the dark background.

2. It Stands Out From the Crowd

Your dark background shot will stand out on websites and social media. Just go online and look at Team and About Pages. You won’t see a lot of black background shots. So when they appear, they really stand out. Yet, when you want to add a new employee to the team page later, it is easy to keep the aesthetic consistent.

3. Colour Pops

There is a reason that all those pixels on a TV or monitor sit on a dark background. The colour stands out more. If identically lit shots on dark and white sit next to each other, the one on dark will look more vibrant and colourful.

4. People with White clothing or Light Colours Look Great

Some people just want to wear white or very light colours. It looks better on a dark backdrop. Patterned clothing with a white background looks weird on a white background, I put those on dark as well. If a client looks great in pale yellow checks, we will photograph them on a dark backdrop.

5. The dark Background Enhances a Creative Aesthetic

I find a lot of people in creative fields like the dark background corporate headshots option because of the unique visual pop provided by the dark backdrop.



Quintin is a highly experienced Photographer and Creative Director with a 30 year history of working in the Advertising & Photography industry. With skills in Commercial PhotographyPortraits and Corporate HeadshotsInteriors and Architecture PhotographyFood and Beverage photography and Video Production, he brings a huge amount of value to your project.

With a list of Advertising Industry Awards and an even longer list of assignments in Johannesburg, across South Africa and Southern Africa, Quintin Mills has gathered valuable experience which he brings to his photographic services. When you work with Quintin you know he is going to deliver to the best of his abilities and provide top class imagery for your brand.

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