"Before your photoshoot, think about how you want to be perceived through your headshots and who's eye you're trying to catch"
Actors - "Be honest with yourself and think about your type, who do you get cast as? What roles do you want to be cast for? Once you know this, you can talk to your photographer about how you want to be photographed and what roles you're applying for."
Business professionals, it's the same for you. You need to have a clear idea of who's eye your trying to catch and what you want your headshots to say about you. It's no surprise, that we often get asked by business professionals, for headshots similar to actors. Why? Well it's got something to do with wanting your personality to really come through.
Your Doing it all Wrong? - There is no right or wrong way to pose for headshots. You will see many of the ‘rock star’ photographers, trying to sell their training videos/courses, all claiming they have the secret to great headshots. It’s rubbish, everyone is different. What suits one face may not suit another. We will pose and direct you to get natural looking shots, that express subtle differences in emotion.
Know How Your Face Looks. - Ever wondered why seasoned pro’s never seem to have a bad shot taken of them? Well there is a reason for that, they practice and practice in a mirror, till their face have the muscle memory and its comes naturally. Now, we are not suggesting you spend hours and hours in front of your mirror at home but a little time spent practicing, seeing how you look with different expressions can really help achieve the results you want.
Bring Your Energy to The Shoot. - It doesn't matter who is photographing your headshots, if you don’t ‘turn up’ on the day, no amount of beautiful lighting or skillful posing will make you look great. It’s important to be connected with the camera and the person who ultimately views your headshots. See it as a small performance that you are going to give, to casting directors and producers or clients and employers.
Stay Relaxed, Stay Loose. - It’s important to relax yourself and move, even a little between shots. If your photographer, is adjusting lighting, that’s a good time to roll your shoulders, move your feet, stretch your back and neck, blow your lips, stretch your jaw and reset your eyes by closing them and taking some slow relaxed deep breaths. We will remind you to do all this but if you have this in mind, it really will help you.
Posture. - Your photographer will pose and direct you and sometimes put you in positions, that you think cannot possibly look good. Don't worry, this is normal. Its all about what looks good to the camera, the area around your shoulders and head are the focus. Contrary to Vogue and other glossy magazines, rounded/curves shoulders and back never look great. A good headshots photographer will help you with this but keep it in mind, it will help.
Where do you want me to look? - We get asked this questions at almost every shoot. It’s simple, just look straight in to the lens, you may see a light grey circle at the back of the lens, look straight through this. By doing this we make sure the person viewing your headshots, feels a connection with you. After all, how do respond to someone that gives you good eye contact?
Expressive eyes are the secret sauce that can take a good headshot and make it a great one.
Feel the emotion. - Rather than trying to use your whole face to show an emotion or feeling, try actually feeling that emotion inside; It will register in your eyes, the moment you feel it inside. Your photographer will look for subtle changes in your eyes and coach you throughout. Ask any casting director or producer about their selection process; they will attribute an emotion or feeling they get from each face they look at. For example, the headshot could indicate a “warm, best friend, trustworthy” or “I got your back, has gravity” or “great smile, playful” or mystery lady with dark past, damsel in distress” or “Clark Kent. Navy Seal, Man of action. Superhero look” etc.
Feedback and Review. - When you get a chance to look at the back of camera or on a screen, review your images, use this opportunity, to gain valuable feedback. It will help as your shoot progresses and also afterwards for any future shoots, casting calls or interactions with clients or employers.