So it’s your first time in front of the camera since senior photos? Maybe those didn’t turn out so well and you’re a little scarred. Understandable, especially with that 80’s hair. Or maybe you got a professional headshot a few years ago and cling to it hoping to get down to that fighting weight. Whatever the case, you have to keep your headshot updated!
Not everyone that professional photographers shoot are models. In fact, models are a small percentage of what most photographers shoot. Just because you don’t model professionally doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look amazing in your headshot. Here are some pro tips to help you get more comfortable in front of the camera and get ready for your closeup.
Practice in front of a mirror beforehand, or take selfies. You may feel silly, but it can really help you not only get used to what it feels like, but it gives you a chance to at least evaluate your face and see if there are any angles or expressions you really like and want to remember, or also discover any that you hate and definitely don’t want to repeat. This can save you time at your shoot and help you focus on exuding confidence in your photo instead of wondering how you look.
Prep yourself beforehand. This shot will be representing you for a while. This is a good day to spend that extra time on your hair, and for women, maybe getting a professional to do your makeup. Making sure your shirt and/or jacket are pressed and lint free. Make sure skin is moisturized and sometimes getting as involved as getting a fresh tan or spray tan, and maybe even whitening your teeth. These things may seem silly or unimportant but can make a huge
difference not only in the photo, but in your self confidence.
Pose to get that perfect headshot. The goal is to look confident, relaxed and slim. Keep chin slightly out and angled down. This will minimize or eliminate the appearance of any double chins and really strengthen your jawline in the photo. Know how far the photo is going and think of where you will be cut off can help where to position hands, arms, shoulders, etc to avoid being awkwardly cut off.
Don’t be afraid to move. Looking stiff or having 20 shots with the exact same pose and facial expressions isn’t going to help with having options for shot selection. Move naturally, and change things just a little each shot even if that means moving your hand, tilting your chin slightly or changing how you are standing.
Here are some very common mistakes people often make.
This is a lot of details to keep in mind, but practicing in a mirror and even taking a few cell phone shots can make a world of difference when it comes time to get in front of the camera. Practice makes perfect, or at least helps with improving.
A good team will always help with posing and make sure you look your best!