A lot of people don’t look forward to getting their headshots taken, even thought it’s a painless process. Coming to your shoot stressed out is not fun, and can make it’s more difficult to get genuine expressions in your photos. Here are some tips for you before your headshot session!
Give yourself enough time:
Try to book your headshot session so that you don’t have anything booked right after, or right before. If you come in late, and have somewhere you have to be right after, it’s going to be much harder to relax because you’ll be watching the clock the whole time. If you’re unsure how much time to book into your personal calendar, just give us a call.
Trust the process:
We do numerous shoots a day, seven days a week. We know what works and what doesn’t, so trust the process even if you feel silly. Sometimes we have you do very big smiles that won’t necessarily be the most usable but we have you relax it down so that we can capture the smiles in the middle that look just right. You might feel silly, but trust us - there’s a method to our madness. Ultimately, you’ll be the one picking the photo you use as your headshot, so why not try as many different techniques as possible?
Don’t sweat the small stuff:
Sometimes when I’m on a shoot, I’m looking out for flyaway hairs and a tiny piece of hair falls out of place. Don’t sweat it!! These types of things are not a big deal. Chances are there are 5 other pictures from that set with the hair in place. And if the expression that looks the best is the photo with the hair out of place, we can likely fix that in Photoshop, if you decide to get an image retouched. There are little variables that can’t be controlled completely (wind swept hair, watery eyes, etc) but we curb them as much as we can in the shoot.
Hope this helps!
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