Getting headshots can be a nerve racking experience. You want to look your best and feel confident but (unlike in your awesome selfies) you don't have control of the camera. Your photographer should always make you feel comfortable and flattering, but handing over control can still make headshot-newbies a bit timid. Whether you have never had headshots taken before or you're a seasoned pro, here are 3 things headshot photographers wish you knew coming into your shoot:
1. A Flattering Light and Angle is Always the Goal
Photographers want to make you look your best, find your best side, and show you in, quite literally, the best light. Working with several people every day, we have a seasoned understanding of what light and angles tend to work best for each face shape. If you look good and feel good we'll get a great image.
2. We Like to Hear Your Thoughts
This definitely accompanies our first point. If you would like to adjust something or are looking for a different type of expression, we like to hear your thoughts! If you tell us during the shoot we have the opportunity to make modifications and help you achieve what you are looking for.
3. Some of the Best Shots Come at the Very End
This has to do with warming up to the camera. It's a strange thing to stand still and pose for a flattering angle, especially if you are not used to being photographed. If you see your very first images from the shoot and feel reserved, don't worry! Once you and your photographer warm up to one another and you begin to feel more confident, the shots definitely reflect that.
This is by no means a comprehensive list, but some tips to know what's going on in your photographer's mind while you are shooting. If you are interested in more of these inside details, stay tuned for our next post!
Do you have any questions for headshot photographers? What are some things you're dying to know?
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