I get a lot of traffic on this blog from people looking for information about “head shots” for business cards. I have accompanied a lot of clients for their head shots, but having never had to pose for one the following are some theoretical do’s and don’ts.
- Convey a relaxed, candid, warm, open, honest image.
- Choose from at least 10 photos and narrow your choice down to the two best.
- Look straight at the camera unless the photographer recommends an angle.
- Avoid busy patterns and lines/stripes.
- Have a warm smile, not a laugh. Think you are greeting an old friend.
- Take two or three changes of clothing so you can experiment with contrasting colors.
- Try to dress as you would walking down the street on a business day.
- Bring samples of head shots you like.
- Tell the photographer the image you are trying to convey.
- Practice poses and expressions in front of a mirror before the shoot
- Dark clothes attract less attention and put the attention on your face and eyes..
This is an example of what picture can look like when it is cropped properly.
Don’ts: These are general rules of thumb and not written in stone.
- No crossed-arms.
- Don’t get a new hair cut just before the shoot.
- No props like sold signs, dogs, horses, cell phones or hats.
- Don’t act like someone you are not.
- Do not drink alcohol or take any drugs directly before or the night before your shoot. If possible, do not smoke cigarettes directly before your shoot.
- Don’t wear white unless you wear it underneath something.
- Do not try/use any new product on your hair, face or body the day before or few days before your shoot.
- Avoid jewelry that would distract from your face or that looks dated.
- Don’t overdress.
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