Hats are fun props that really bring out the personality of the person being photographed. My kids have a collection of hats with my daughter migrating towards the more uniquely styled types. One of her favorites happens to be a hat with big googly eyes that looks like a crab. When Tracy contacted me for updated headshots, she asked if she could bring a hat or two. Of course. Hats sometimes create a little bit of a lighting challenge so I was excited for the opportunity to work with her and her choice of hat. Plus, I knew Tracy and I would probably spend more time laughing than photographing. You see, Tracy and I go way back. Our family has known her for several years.

During one of the conversations Tracy and I had before she arrived, I learned she had been battling cancer, but was now a cancer survivor! Respectfully, I asked if we could start without a hat, just to set the lighting. Even though everything was in place upon her arrival, I still took the time to set each light individually, to tailor it to the her. Tracy is outgoing and smiley with a bubbly personality, so it didn't take long before we were giggling. I think she forgot she was not wearing a hat. We were having too much fun trying to make each other laugh. 
When it seemed appropriate, I asked if she'd like to try a hat, which she did. She chose the tall blue straw hat first, so I changed the color of the background to compliment it.
For the last few shots, we switched to the fuzzy blue hat, one of her favorites.
We created several fantastic headshots for her portfolio. The hats were well chosen and created the different looks she needed for each photograph. To wear a hat or not to wear a hat? No longer is that the question. The answer is, yes!

For those interested in the more technical details of the session, I used a Nikon D850, a micro-Nikkor 105 mm lens, Broncolor Siros "S" studio lights with a Westcott FJ400 for the backdrop.