BONUS THREE THINGS TO AVOID:
1. When the photographer picks which shots you can have–that’s plain bass-ackwards. It’s your headshot and you should choose the one you get.
2. A photographer inept, clumsy, or uncomfortable photographing people–it shows in the results: awkward and unauthentic looking headshots.
3. Being told to hold a stiff position and awkward poses during the shooting session. Instead, move around, be animated, get expressive, loosen up, work it, unwind, let it all hang out: relax and enjoy it while it’s happening.
Have you had poor or unfavorable portrait experiences before? It’s rarely your own fault. More likely you had a poor practitioner. Tell me beforehand if you have particular likes or dislikes from previous photos of yourself, they absolutely will help steer us in the right direction. I’m your advocate: it’s my goal to make you look good.
I’m not the only source––look through these actor and model headshot tips and see which ones make sense to you.