If you're a seasoned pro, you probably remember having a lot of thoughts about your first few headshot sessions. What characters do I want? Should I wear this shirt? Will I look my best? What kind of direction will my photographer give me? All of these thoughts can potentially bring tension into your images because you're distracted from the task at hand. Here are a few tips to alleviate your headshot fears!
1. Your Photographer Should Take Care of You
A good photographer knows how to take the reins of a shoot, make you comfortable, and give you clear guidance. If you explain your vision for expression and lighting before your shoot, trust that they can make it happen (within reason, of course). This is also a key element to choosing your photographer. If you trust a photographer's work and have a good rapport, you will be able to warm to the camera faster and be able take more great images in your shoot time!
2. Keep Your Clothing Simple
You may have a jeweled strapless blouse that you love, but keep your character or profession in mind. Maintaining personal confidence in yourself during a shoot can be difficult if you begin to feel like your clothes are distracting from your expression. Are you going for something a bit grittier? Try a simple shirt and a jacket. Want something to make your eyes pop? Choose a complimentary color on a simple cut. The more you can focus on your expression the more confidence you'll have.
3. Hire a Makeup Artist
Whether it be the photographer's stylist or a freelance stylist, hiring someone who knows how to apply makeup for camera takes away all of the pressure of having your makeup ready and maintained during your shoot. Express any concerns to your makeup artist before your session, perhaps send over some sample images, and you no longer have to worry about smudged eyeliner or forehead shine.
4. Confidence is Key, Act Like No One is Watching
If you are quite camera shy, remember this: photographers work with hundreds of people a year. You don't have to feel self-conscious about bringing your all, trust us, we've seen everything. In fact, the more involved you are in the shoot, the more your photographer will feel they can ask of you. If you nail a challenging expression, that's one more unique headshot you have that a more reserved individual doesn't.
Headshots are an investment, the more you put in to preparation the more you will get out of your shoot! Having the ability to place all of your focus on the expression will not only achieve more unique images, but will make you feel more confident in your work and appearance.
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