You pay good money for your headshot session but for many people it can be a source of stress. To minimize the frustration and stress, it's important to be prepared so your session results in many quality image choices. To prepare, there are specific steps to guarantee your success.
The easy parts of preparing are starting with a talented, experienced, headshot photographer and possibly adding hiring someone to help as a wardrobe stylist and getting your hair and makeup done professionally are the most common ways to prepare yourself for the headshot session. But, there are other considerations in your preparation. If you had headshots done previously, you may have noticed that some photographers are more skilled at providing directions to pose your look. This means it's a good idea to practice posing at home which also helps you relax in preparation for your photo session.
Here are 6 simple steps to prepare for your headshot session.
1. Your expression. If you practice anything, this is one to do. The camera can be your best friend, worst enemy, or that old friend you haven't seen in a while. Your expression can convey one of those meanings when you don't expect it. We suggest you practice a few smiles to see how they look. The top three expressions are:
a. The Big Smile which can look forced or overly exageraged but some people have a natural, welcoming, big smile.
b. The Half Smile which provides a slight grin and it can look very natural on many people.
c. The Grin which is merely a closed mouth smile and it can look very natural too.
This may sound time consuming, but, with a little practice with a mirror, or your phone's camera, you can try to find a smile that looks the most natural on you. While checking out your expression, you can make sure you are not squinting the eyes too much or creating wrinkles on your nose and forehead.
2. Be aware of your jawline and chin. We help you pose to accent your natural jawline, but you can practice to increase your awareness of the ways to help define the jaw and minimize the double chin look. Start with the orange under the chin or turkey neck positioning. This is simply holding the neck slightly forward like you are holding an orange under the chin.
3. Relax. Unless you are getting three-quarter length photos, your hands won’t appear in your headshots, but they are key to your appearing relaxed. Just let them drop, hang naturally, and don't tense up. Being tense will affect your posture and reflect in the body language of your photo.
4. Focus on your eyes. They are the window to your soul and they are the focal point of your headshot. Your photographer is going to focus on your eyes. When practicing your expression, remember the eyes show your personality. Don't squint or go bug eyed.
Remember, your headshot session should be fun. Your photographer should provide additional guidance to help your stance and posture to complete the look for your headshot. To be prepared, just following these tips will help you prepare, be relaxed and create a great portrait.