Phоtоgrарhу hаѕ the роwеr to mоvе and inѕрirе uѕ. It сrеаtеѕ an immеdiаtе connection bеtwееn subject аnd viеwеr аnd саn reveal a wоrld within a single image. A great headshot iѕ a ѕtер in the right dirесtiоn—it iѕ оftеn the firѕt imрrеѕѕiоn оthеrѕ will hаvе of уоu, аnd it nееdѕ to ѕhоw confidence and acumen. Aѕ a business man/woman, blogger еtс. A gооd-lооking headshot will bе imperative in ѕhоwing the оutѕidе wоrld hоw wеll you carry уоurѕеlf professionally.
Invеѕting in a high-quality, professionally tаkеn headshot iѕ аn invеѕtmеnt in уоur personal brand. It shows уоu аt your bеѕt, thе wау уоu want рrоѕресtivе сliеntѕ tо see you. Mаnу оf uѕ аrе nоt nаturаllу photogenic. Aѕ a rеѕult, аmаtеur рhоtоgrарhу can асtuаllу еnd up mаking you lооk nothing likе you dо in person аnd dеfinitеlу nоt уоur bеѕt. A рrоfеѕѕiоnаl рhоtоgrарhеr that ѕресiаlizеѕ in hеаdѕhоtѕ knоwѕ how tо роѕitiоn уоu, hоw tо choose thе bеѕt bасkdrор аnd hоw tо uѕе lighting to gеt the bеѕt ѕhоt possible.
It’ѕ standard рrасtiсе nowadays tо seek рrоfеѕѕiоnаl hеаdѕhоtѕ fоr buѕinеѕѕ саrdѕ, websites аnd social mеdiа accounts. Prоfilе рhоtоѕ аrе ѕо еѕѕеntiаl tо mоdеrn соmmuniсаtiоn thаt a good оnе’ѕ bесоmе a basic necessity. And that couldn’t bе truеr thаn fоr thоѕе of uѕ whose рrоfеѕѕiоnаl lives are tied tо ѕосiаl mеdiа profiles.
Why Before How
You might ask yourself, “Why do I need a headshot?” This question is vital before setting out for photographs. The WHY is important and has to come first because giving you the HOW before the WHY is simply putting the cart before the horse. You really need to understand this part to make the most out of the steps I’m going to give you. So let’s talk about why you need a good headshot before we talk about how to look good and feel comfortable in front of the camera.
A good headshot gives people an idea of your personality before they meet you. It conveys your professionalism. If you look professional, potential clients, investors, collaborators, etc. who don’t know you personally are going to be more likely to agree to that first meeting.
It makes you feel good to look your best. Having a quality image of yourself to share with your professional peers boosts your self-confidence, and it can even inspire you to share more of yourself with others, take a few risks, and overcome work-related challenges.
It reminds business contacts who you are if they met you in passing at a conference or business function. This little cue make sit more likely they will accept your friend or follow request on social media.
And finally, a current headshot gives people an idea of what you look like now. It supports and enhances the skills and experience on your LinkedIn profile and other social media profiles, making you stand out from the rest.
Now that you know the WHY, it’s time to get to the HOW.
Learn to relax and smile for the camera.
Smiling is a tricky thing when it comes to photos. Smiling too big and you look silly, but no smile at all can make you look broody or angry. The solution? The natural smile you so often do when the camera’s not on you.
Smiling too wide on purpose will cause your face to tense up, your eyes to squint, and your cheeks to puff out, which aren’t the benchmarks of an attractive photos. Instead, take a beat to relax your face and open your mouth slightly, so that your lower lip matches the curve of your upper teeth. This is universally flattering and allows you to decide how much teeth you want to show.
Not a fan of smiling with teeth? Learn to smile with your eyes. When you smile naturally, the area aronund your eyes tends to crease a bit, which reads as much more sincere than stiffly smiling just with your mouth.
Talk to the photographer and get to know them.
Get to know your photographer before they start shooting, even just by a little small talk while they’re setting up. You can ask them how they got into photography, what their favorite shoots have been, etc. They’ll become far less intimidating. Getting to know a bit about the person you’re working with tends to remove the intimidation factor. Once you see that the photographer is a regular person like yourself, it’s less overwhelming once they pick up the camera and point it at you.
Don’t be rushed. Ensure you take the time to emotionally connect with your photographer.
Focus on what makes you unique.
One of the characteristics of a good photograph is your confidence in your appearance. Many times we get concerned about something wrong with our face: your freckles, the gap in your teeth, how squinty your eyes get when you smile. Instead of trying to hide those things, embrace them! You will look much better in your photos that way.
Learn your best side.
Knowing your best side will help you to feel comfortable in front of the camera. Your best side is either your left or right side of your face. We all have a favorite side. Take a look in the mirror and see which side you favor the most. This will be your go-to side view when you’re taking photos or snapping selfies for social media.
Twist your body and position your arms.
Position your body at a 45-degree angle and put the arm closest to the camera on your hip. Then plant one foot slightly in front of the other, point your toe to the camera, and place your weight on your back leg.
Ever wonder why every celebrity poses with her camera-facing arm on her hip? It’s because that particular movement ensure that her upper arm isn’t smooshed against her body, making it look flattened. If you find the hand-on-hip pose to be a bit forced, try holding your arms out from your sides ever so slightly.
Ignore the rest of the world.
It’s so easy to let that little voice in your head take over when you’re having a photo taken. Whether you’re in a town full of people or in the middle of nowhere one on one with your photographer, doubt will start to creep in. You may feel concerned what other people think of you or think you’re being judged, but I promise that most of the time people don’t even notice or don’t care. In terms of the photographer you’re with, they really don’t mind if you feel shy. So try to forget about the rest of the world around you and enjoy the process.
It’s so important to try and have fun while you’re having your photo taken. Try your best to keep your mood light. The more you relax into a photoshoot and let yourself go, the more fun you’ll have, the more confident you’ll feel, and the nicer your photos will be.