Back with part three of our headshot analysis series. This week our focus is on James McAvoy, an actor who has had prominent roles in films such as X-Men: First Class, The Last King of Scottland, and Atonement.
If you've been following our previous posts [which can be found here and here], you'll likely already know our biggest concern in regards to this image. Like both of these previous shots, the line behind McAvoy is distracting, it unintentionally creates a disconnect between his head and his shoulders. While this, in turn, causes more emphasis on the expression, it takes away from the body language that accompanies the emotion and may add to the overall appeal of the shot.
His expression definitely works for his character, however it is a little awkward. It holds the potential to be more interesting. Playing with the camera a bit more would have allowed for a more eye-catching expression as we saw with Kendrick's shot.
Remember, casting directors want to see something that makes them take a second look and you want to give them every opportunity to do so.
What do you think of this shot? Have any suggestions about other headshots you'd like us to look at? Let us know in the comments below!
-The City Headshots Team
Happy 2014, everyone! We are back with another headshot analysis.
Known for her roles in Twilight, Pitch Perfect, and Drinking Buddies, we wanted to take a look at Anna Kendrick's headshot this week and, as we did with Rainn Wilson's headshot, examine the pros and cons of this shot and what features were most likely to be noticed by casting directors.
So what are some of the pros? Overall, we love this shot. The lighting is natural and simple, which allows focus to stay with Kendrick's dynamic expression. The slight display of her teeth in combination with her eyes give this shot a lot of power--they help her expression to become holistically interesting.
As we have mentioned in previous posts, the eyes are the main feature to show emotions such as confidence, happiness, or approachability. The focus and use of her eyes, the slight squint illustrating confidence for the camera, explicitly illustrates this concept in this image.
However, there are a few aspects that we feel could be improved to polish the image. For instance, greater depth of field (a more blurry background) would enhance the focus on Kendrick's face. Additionally, a touch up of the fly away hairs would ensure the background to be less distracting and again add more focus to the face and expression.
Our most prominent concern with this image, however, is the dark line to her right. As with her fly away hairs and the in-focus background, this black is the most likely distraction from her expression. While the expression is still powerful enough to theoretically compensate for the line, we cannot stress enough the importance of eliminating distractions.
Your personality and emotion should carry the headshot, after all, that is what you are selling. Making sure there is as much focus on your face as possible allows casting directors the potential to see greater depth in your shot than they might if they take a glance and are distracted by background aesthetics.
Let us know what you thought of the article or if you have suggestions for future analyses!
-The City Headshots Team
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