So you need your head-shot taken and maybe you’re nervous to be in front of the camera thinking, how will this come out? Will I even look good? Don’t worry – many people are thinking the same questions. Not everyone is comfortable enough to jump in front of the camera to have their picture taken.
However, there’s a few ways that you can prepare for your head-shot.
Wear solid colors.
Try to stay away from clothing with small checkers or tight stripes – depending on the print, this can look very busy on camera. You want people who are looking at your picture to notice you and not become distracted by the design of your shirt. Above all else, wear what makes you comfortable. I’m not talking about sweatpants, but if you have a favorite blazer, shirt, pair of earrings, other accessories – wear it!
Don’t stand up too straight.
A mentor of mine told me this extremely helpful tip once: don’t stand up too straight when you’re on camera. There are a few reasons for this. First, if you stand up incredibly straight, you might look really stiff (especially if you’re nervous). I’m not saying to slouch, but don’t be afraid to shift your weight to one hip. You can also try crossing your arms or putting your hands on your hips. Remember – trust your photographer! A good photographer will give you the direction to get the most flattering shot and you won’t have to worry about a thing.
Just like you would for an important presentation, come to your photoshoot ready to go. Get a good night sleep and make sure your hair and makeup are done the way that makes you feel the most like yourself – it’s all about confidence.
The most important tip I could ever give is to have fun. Be serious, smile, laugh – show your personality. That’s what it’s all about.
Follow these four tips and you’ll come out with a gorgeous head-shot that’s not only professional, but helps your character shine through the page.