How to Pose for Headshots: Tips from a Top Menlo Park Corporate Headshot Photographer
Portrait photography can be an intimidating concept for some subjects. Even the most confident people sometimes freeze up and forget how to act natural once the lights, camera, action sequence takes place. I’ve had some Ricky Bobby types on my set but it’s a challenge I am willing to rise to.
Don’t fret! Within minutes of meeting, it’s my goal to break down those barriers and get to know the natural you. From there, it’s incumbent on me to capture your best self. The sooner you can expose yourself (figuratively speaking, of course), the quicker I can get that shot. Here are a few tips to help you lean into your vulnerability:
Power posing. Either before or during your shoot, strike a pose. No really, there’s something to be said about power poses and their ability to translate directly into increased confidence. There's even an entire TED Talk dedicated to the topic.
Practice in the mirror. It’s not just Derek Zoolander who practices mugging for the camera and don’t worry about being perceived as vain if you do too. If you prefer the privacy of your home vs. the communal office bathroom, that’s cool too.
Flip through old photos. Take a trip down memory lane. Creep your own Facebook profile, seeking out the images you felt you looked your best. What made that special? Was it the moment, the lighting, your makeup, a pose, the color of your clothing? A combination of all of the above? Consider these elements before you arrive for your headshot and feel free to share your insights with me! I always appreciate it when a subject has done their homework and has an idea of what angles / poses / expressions suit their personality the best.
Music. Sometimes music helps loosen people up. I know that some of my best work is executed when set to the tunes of my favourite indie music. Have a request? Just call me DJ Liz.
All I ask that you bring to your shoot is a smile and an open attitude. Try to have fun with the experience and your shoot will be quick and painless. Promise!
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