What Makes A Good Headshot?
Many people ask me, “what goes into making a good headshot?” There are many aspects that make a good headshot and since I get many of the same concerns from my clients, I thought it would be good to post.
Whether you’re an actor, a businessperson or a first-time headshot client, who couldn't use a little advice on taking their best photos?
In order for you to be taken seriously as a professional, you need to present yourself in your best light (pun intended), and this is all tied together with your professional headshot. Will your potential clients take you seriously based on what your current photo portrays? If you have any doubt, then you may want to consider a pro. Professional photographers understand how to put you in your best light. here’s a quick list of what considerations you should give to your headshots:
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Making the best first impression begins with you photo, after all, it is the first thing that potential employers see on your profile especially with the ubiquitous social media platforms of today. Think of it as an opportunity to sell yourself!
EXPRESSION There are only three ways a person can show facial expression.
A lot of times clients don’t even realize they are making certain expressions and the last thing I want is for people to feel pressure to come up with a flattering pose or to over think in front of the camera. As a photographer it is my responsibility to watch for, if not evoke, the right expressions from you.
Your eyes communicate the most. To gain the best image you must strive to put yourself in a positive upbeat place, feeling comfortable and confident. If you are worried about how the pictures are going to look – that’s what’s going to show up! It is our shared responsibility to make the experience fun and to get a great smile and genuine expression.
Let loose and enjoy the experience! Often times when I am shooting clients, I will get them to laugh only to have them immediately stifle their laughter. Don't do it! Go with it!
PICKING YOUR PHOTOS
If nothing else, have CONFIDENCE. Do what you have to do to be confident in yourself during your session it is the single most important factor to getting a great head shot.
There’s are many headshot photographers in Connecticut so how do you choose one that's right for your company?
The ability to accurately light people of different skin tones is critical for a consistent result. Therefore, it’s important for anyone looking to get headshots take to examine the portfolios of headshot photographers. Be sure they have examples of people similar to you and your staff. Below we’ve listed a few tips to consider when looking for the right headshot photographer unique to your organization.
Office Headshots A working headshot is one that is unique to you, and you want to always look like there is something subtle that is going on. A shot in your office at your desk is a good way to achieve this.
Specific Headshots If the shot is too specific, it limits what the casting director can imagine you as. For example, if you are a really character-y actor, you don’t want to go overboard with some expression because then it becomes too specific.
Use Multiple Headshots Several different headshots that show you in different light are a good way to diversify and present yourself at your best. A cohesive presentation of you in your business form with multiple examples can be a unique way to keep interest in YOU.
Composition Errors A headshot should be a photo of your face in it’s entirety. It’s ok if a little bit of your face can’t be seen, but in essence you should be full-faced.
Lighting Flaws Professional lighting can make or break your headshot. A photographer that knows how to properly light your headshot will make it sharp, poppy and contrasted.
Wardrobe Issues What you wear in your photos should be a suggestion of your character and you at your best. Not being overly extreme. A formal businessman doesn’t need to wear glasses — the photo should just look more put together and proper.
Hiding Visible Features. As mentioned before with composition errors, angling the headshot so you cant see the entirety of the face is no good. I believe you can have a headshot at an angle, but you shouldn’t be doing it to hide something.
Look Like Your Headshot confidence and accuracy are hallmarks of successful business relationships, your headshot should look like you now, not at graduation.
Make up Women should always hire a professional make-up artist who works commonly for the camera. Makeup combined with minor retouching can result in a great headshot. SophterLight works with a professional make up artist upon request for men and women .
For more information about what makes the perfect headshot, feel free to check out SophterLight's extensive professional headshots on our website, or e-mail us directly at sophterLight@gmail.com. No matter whom you end up choosing to shoot your headshots, make sure that you get the best possible photograph by referring to these tips!
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