Tip #1: Dress in Solid Colors and Well-Ironed Clothing
The choice of your attire plays a significant role in both your appearance and confidence. Just like the positive effects of exercise on the brain, dressing your best can make you feel more energetic and happy. Prioritize your clothing before your shoot for two compelling reasons:
Why? When you look good, you feel better about yourself, resulting in authentic and confident photos.
Why? People often form judgments based on first impressions, and your clothing plays a crucial role in creating a polished and professional image. Opt for solid colors as they are less distracting, unlike loud patterns that draw attention away from your headshot. Additionally, solid clothing is easier to edit in post-processing, allowing for a more polished look. For more clothing tips, refer to our article, “What to Wear for Professional Headshots.”
Tip #2: Vary Your Expression Between Photos
Have you ever found yourself holding a smile for an extended period while taking group photos at family gatherings? The longer you maintain a smile, the less genuine it appears. To avoid this, remember to reset your expression to neutral between shots.
Also, it’s not necessary to smile in all your photos. We recommend alternating between a full smile, a grin, and no smile during your shoot. This approach ensures a diverse range of photos and prevents you from being stuck with images featuring an artificial or forced smile.
Tip #3: Lean Toward the Camera
One of the most impactful tips is to shift your weight onto one foot and lean slightly toward the camera. When your weight is evenly distributed, your nose and neck tend to be closest to the camera lens. By leaning toward the camera, you elongate your neck, define your jawline, and bring focus to your eyes.
Tip #4: Communicate Your Preferences
Do you have a preferred angle or pose that you believe suits you best? Share this valuable information with your headshot photographer. By showing us a few photos of yourself that you liked in the past, you provide essential insights into your preferences. Giving feedback increases the likelihood of capturing a photo that you’ll absolutely love.