Relax and don't be afraid to speak up about what makes you comfortable or how you feel you look the best
Photography Tips: Preparing for Head Shots
Head shots are used by business owners who want to connect with their audience. They are also used for helping to create an online identity or by models to help find work. Authors use head shots on their books and on their websites.
For some people, getting your picture taken is stressful. We completely understand the pressure that can come with portraits, and specifically, head shots.This is why we want to help you make the most of the experience. To have a successful photography shoot, you need to be comfortable and confident. It begins with choosing a photographer you can trust and it ends with showing up for your shoot prepared and feeling confident. Let's explore how to make this happen.
Trusting Your Photographer
One of the most important things you can do at a photo shoot is trust your photographer. They are in the business of making people look good. No photographer is going to try to take a bad picture of you. Professionals have been trained in such things as lighting, camera angles and positioning.
If you worry you are not photogenic or that you always take bad home photos, keep in mind that it is different with professional portraits and allow yourself to trust your photographer to make you look fantastic.
Having the Right Attitude
Next, you need to understand the importance of having the right attitude. You should come in for your photo shoot feeling like a movie star. You should wear clothes you feel good in and be happy with your hair (and makeup, if you wear it). But most of all, you should feel good about who you are. Relax and don't be afraid to speak up about what makes you comfortable or how you feel you look the best.
Have a favorite "side"? Tell your photographer so he or she can adjust angles accordingly. You also want to spend some time talking with your photographer, loosening up and getting comfortable. This is how you will take a great head shot.
This practice will make it easier for you to get the perfect look on the day of your photo shoot
Quick Tips for the Day of Your Head Shot
Now, with these things out the way, we know that everyone wants to look their best on the big day. There are some things you can physically do to help your head shot be the best possible. Drink a lot of water and try to get proper sleep the night before. If your face (or skin around your eyes) looks puffy, you can put some ice in a paper towel and gently dab it around the puffy parts before you take your pictures.
Don't drink a lot of alcohol or smoke excessively before your photos. Prepare for your photo shoot by practicing. You can practice in front of a mirror or with a camera at all. Practice different poses and smiles until you find what you like best and feel most comfortable with. This practice will make it easier for you to get the perfect look on the day of your photo shoot.
Now that you have chosen the right photographer and prepared yourself mentally and physically for the event, all that is left is to book your appointment and show up. Are you ready for some great head shots?