I don’t mean you have to go hug trees or protest landfills (though I support you wholeheartedly if that IS your thing).  By “environment” I mean the immediate space around your body that shows up in a headshot or portrait.  Studio shots with solid backgrounds are great — clean, spare, adaptable for multiple purposes.  But sometimes, depending on your occupation, a little atmosphere can add oomph and authenticity.  A realtor with the skyline as a backdrop, a writer at her desk, a physicist in the lab.  Or, as in this shot, a chef in his restaurant.

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