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A good headshot portrays trust and approachability
Body pointed toward light, look at camera, follow the 13 steps below - the Headshot Dirty Dozen.
Headshot Dirty Dozen
How to pose for a killer headshot...
- Show your Best Side (right, left, up/down, down/up)
- Point your body toward the Key Light – don’t be flat – ( I will identify the Key Light, but it is usually 45 degrees to your left )
- Face to camera. Look at camera, not beyond
- Straighten your back
- Keep your head straight – no tilting allowed
- Turtle (stick your neck out and forward – like a turtle, it tightens the neck)
- Forehead down (not tilted up nor down), chin back
- Squinch (raise lower eyelid, almost squint)
- Hold the sub (act as if your are holding a 2-footlong submarine sandwich; it slims your arms...)
- Smile – or not – but always smile with your eyes
- Look incredulous (unwilling or unable to believe)
- Display your attributes (convey that you are approachable and trustworthy)
- Have fun...
If you have bad results - blame the photographer! To help - constant feedback is key... and we offer a feedback system... Together we will succeed
(Courtesy of Christine Le)
Half Body Poses
Body at 45 degrees
Look at camera
Form triangles with arms and legs
Hands on Hips
Hands on hips
Body in slight S-curve
Playing with Hair
Make your hair the center of attention
Half Body Pose
Laugh hard, then crack up
Forced laughing will be phony, so force laugh until you crack up ... into a real smile
Hands on Head
Body at angle, arms in triangles,.
Look at camera - or away
Full Body Posing
Full Body Pose
Travel - or take a step forward
Hold something - a cup, a flower... anything
Weight on back leg, move front leg forward - toes pointed naturally
One Leg in Front
Remember the triangles and the S-curve
Engage with the camera
Wieght on back leg.
Relaxed with one leg forward, hand on hips
Posture like your friend just appeared... Hello
One Leg Up
Curves and triangles, look over shoulder.
Vary your hands
Sitting on Floor
Sit on floor, legs near chest.
Angles - arms and legs
Remember what's closest to the camera looks bigger
One leg down. One leg up
It's all the angles, frame your face. Look engaged
Look relaxed, sit back and relax. Look engaged.
Also a good pose for guys.
Sit on the edge. Alternate legs, hands, etc.
Pose with class
Starting with the tilt of the head and progressing to the curve of the torso that is caused by placing the weight on the left hip, the pose ends with the lower right leg angled in a way that duplicates the angled tilt of her head.
It’s easy to see why it’s called the “S” curve.
Capturing your persona...
Relaxed and engaged
I am in control
Looking out the window
Pondering the future
Documenting your life. Reflecting on the future...
Think about variations around each pose:
1) Move hands
2) Move feet
3) Move head
4) Twist body
Adopt a mantra
Think about using a mantra, something you can say to yourself. Something simple like: hand, hand, foot, hand, foot, head, hand, twist 15.
As an example: using the Hands on Hips pose:
1) After 3 flashes: move one hand (i.e. move one hand up the body from hip to waste, pose using triangles)
2) After 3 flashes: move another hand (i.e. move lower hand to play with the hair)
3) After 3 flashes: move a foot
4) After 3 flashes: move hands back to the original position (with foot in new location)
5) After 3 flashes: move hands, again (move hands back to the original position)
6) After 3 flashes: move your head
7) After 3 flashes: move hands, again (move to waste or head)
8) After 3 flashes: twist 15 degrees
9) Start over: move to the original position (but at 15 degrees), then start the sequence again