Headshots for School of Public Health faculty, staff, and Ph.D. candidates are taken by Ken Zirkel, Web and Multimedia Manager. Headshots are typically taken outdoors during warm weather, and in the 7th floor library during inclement weather. There is no charge for this service.
Where to meet
If weather permits, we meet in the first floor lobby of 121 South Main, and take the headshots outside in the little park outside the building. During winter months, we meet outside the elevators on the 7th floor and take the photo in the library on that floor. An email will be sent the morning of the shoot as a reminder.
What to wear
- Solid colors work better than patterns
- No clothing with logos or text, please (exception would be Brown University or related logos)
- Rich, deep colors are usually more flattering and “professional”
- Avoid white or pale colors; they can wash out (exception: it’s OK to wear pale colors under a dark blazer)
- (If bright colors are more your style, that’s OK, too)
- A high neckline is preferable to a low one; similarly, longer sleeves are preferable to short sleeves
- Blazers/jackets look professional for men and women; a nice look is to pair a solid color high neckline shirt with a dark blue, grey, or black blazer
- Snug-fitting clothes tend to look better than baggy clothes
- Jewelry is fine if you normally wear it; simple jewelry is preferable to elaborate (again, adjust according to your style)
- Headshots are from the chest up, so you can wear whatever you want below the waist
On the day and after
- The session itself doesn’t take long; under 10 minutes. Plan extra time in case you have to wait.
- If you wear glasses, I might take extra time with different angles (your choice if you want to wear them or not; often we do some with and some without)
- I’ll post a selection of options online and you can choose the one you prefer;
- Faculty and staff headshots will be added to the official University photo library for use in web pages, news releases, etc.
- You may use your headshots for whatever you like; social media, book jackets, lecture announcements, etc.