At Duke University (NC), various communications and photography experts provide helpful info for campus community members looking for the best spots for professional headshots. Capturing high-quality portraits on the pretty campus involves “subtle yet interesting backgrounds and surrounding trees to soften afternoon sun,” according to Duke Today. Tips include choosing spots that are unmistakably Duke, like expanses of stone wall; keeping things clean so the background doesn’t detract from the subject and using the right light.

“The best environmental portraits are ones where the background isn’t distracting, but it gives you a sense of space,” Shawn Rocco, chief photographer and videographer for the Duke University Health System, told the publication.

Find more detailed tips for creating good-looking, professional headshots on campus here.