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