How do I pose for a headshot? Do I smile?

How do I pose for a headshot? Do I smile?

Do you have concerns about how to pose for a headshot?

Do you have concerns about how to pose for a headshot? People often do. At least in my experience they do. I think they come to me sometimes under the impression that they are responsible for their own pose and expressions, and I’m simply responsible for capturing it. Well, the truth of the matter is, I’m responsible for both—to a certain degree. A good portrait or headshot photographer will guide you in all steps of the process. They’ll get the lighting and focus right, lets hope, but they should also help you relax and deliver the image you want to deliver. Are you a happy person? Is this what you’d like to portray? A good photographer will make sure this happens. The point is, don’t worry. You’re paying for a service. You’re photographer is responsible for getting the right shots. Your part is simply to come with wardrobe and a decent attitude. Leave the rest up to the photographer.

professional-portrait-photographerAs for smiling: the theory is the same. If you find it hard to smile in front of the camera, and you’d like to capture a smile, tell your photographer. It’s up to your photographer to make this happen. Of course there is only so much we can do. But as long as you remain open, and give your photographer your attention and trust, the photographer should be able to take care of the rest.

I have a lot of information throughout this blog on how to prepare, what to expect, and how to get your best headshot or portrait. It’s here for you if you need it. But, ultimately, outside of bringing the right wardrobe and looking at least halfway decent, no homework is really necessary, getting the good shot is up to me.

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