3 Things I Learned From Having Headshots
I had a little bit of down time and I used it to reflect on what I needed this month, and even this year. At the moment I needed to connect with Sarah because I hadn’t seen her in a couple of weeks because of the holidays. So, knowing that I needed to see Sarah, and reflected on what I needed, I decided that we needed to take headshots of each other. We made it into a challenge because having headshots downtown was ideal.
It was fun having headshots because as a photographer, I am not in front of the camera very often. But I make it a point to purposely put myself in front of a camera at least once a year. It’s important for me to feel the perspective of my clients. I need to know how they feel. It’s important.
What Did I Learn?
So, what did I learn from having headshots? Here are 3 key things:
- I didn’t know how to pose myself. This one seems so funny to me. I concentrate on posing so much. The minute that I got in front of the camera I completely didn’t know what to do with my hands or body. Or my face for that matter! I was completely awkward and started to do all sorts of stupid and fiddly things. Was it looking good on camera? I was sure that none of what I was doing was looking good on the camera.
- I didn’t actually care about my wrinkles and flaws. When I was editing the photos I decided that my skin looked great despite its flaws. As soon as I started to smooth out my skin and remove the blemishes, my skin looked plastic and I didn’t like it. Which leads me to believe that a good skin care routine AND the right makeup make your skin look great on camera. It makes the wrinkles and blemishes easier to handle. When having headshots, you have to prepare with a good skin care routine well in advance.
- Tight fitting clothes look the best. Most of my wardrobe is flowy, hippie type clothing. I feel comfortable in it and it is my signature style. However, that does not photograph the best for headshots. If I have a flowy, boxy dress, then my shape will look boxy. It’s just the simple truth. I wasn’t wearing anything skin tight, but I could see my shape because of the clothes that I chose. Intentionally, I picked out a tighter shirt to wear with a fitted jacket. I wanted to have a waist and it showed. I wore pants because I wanted to sit down. (Well, for that reason and because it was freezing outside while I was having headshots. I chose to wear a Free People Henley. (It’s not the exact one, but you can find a similar one HERE.)
What Does It Mean For You?
What does all mean? It breaks things down into pretty easy to understand terms.
- Rely on your photographer to pose you.
- Wear the right makeup. Makeup from a professional will work the best to show off your features in a positive way.
- Wear things that show off your shape instead of hiding it.
I am very excited to announce that I will be offering headshots starting in March. My February calendar is already full, so I have no space left. March is ready to be booked up with amazing studio headshots and custom lifestyle headshots! Contact me HERE for more information.
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