If you’re looking to update your business profile or that old selfie on your dating app, here’s a few tips on how to take a great headshot.
- Take a seat. First and foremost, you’ve got to feel comfortable. For most people, this means sitting down. A chair, couch, bench, coffee table, rock, tree stump–wherever you can sit your butt with your knees bent at 90 degrees or so. Sit on the edge of the chair and angle your knees away from the camera. In this position, you have a bunch of options: straighten your legs and relax back into a hand, cross your legs with your elbow on your knee and rest your chin on your hand, or rest both elbows on your knees and lightly intertwine your fingers.
- Tell a story. A good portrait tells the viewer something about the subject. Some people can do this with a look or a gesture, but actually telling a story works, too! Talk about something you enjoy doing, or tell a story that brings up the feelings you want to express in the photo.
- If you’re wondering how to take a great headshot, think outside the square. A portrait can be more than just your face. Your body and your surroundings add details about who you are and what you enjoy. Try doing an activity you really love, or going to a place that has meaning for you.
- Fake it till you make it. If you want to smile for your photo but this feels awkward to you, try letting loose a big fake laugh. This often leads to genuine laughter or a smile.
- Look away. You don’t have to look right into the camera. Try looking around your environment, beyond the camera or just off to the side. Imagine a square a few feet in front of you–look to the four corners of the square, moving your chin as well as your eyes.
- BONUS TIP: Hire a Professional.
For most of us, having our photo taken can be a really awkward experience and unfortunately, that can come across in the photo. Hiring a professional photographer means you don’t have to worry about light, distractions, timing or spinach in your teeth. Your portrait is a glimpse into who you are as a person, and you’re worth investing in. Talk with your photographer about what you want to portray, and leave the rest in their capable hands. Then you can relax, and just be yourself.
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