What Makes A Good Headshot?

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What Makes A Good Headshot?

Have you ever wondered what makes a good headshot? What is that key element that you need for your headshot?

I will start by telling you what it’s not:

  • It’s not the camera that your headshot photographer is using
  • It’s not the background
  • It’s got nothing to do with the lighting that’s being used.

 

It’s your expression that makes a good headshot photographer. Yes, the other stuff that the headshot photographer is using will help improve the quality of your headshot. It’s your expression though that will make your headshot one that people will engage with and that is the aim of a headshot. A good headshot creates an image that people want to engage with.

If you haven’t got a headshot that says, “I’m interested, approachable and trustworthy” it’s not going to do what it is meant to do.

Your expression tells people a lot about you. We use our expression almost without thinking to communicate how we feel. Well that is unless you are a professional actor.

I have so many people come into the studio who seem to loose the ability to use there expressions. They sit in front of the camera like a deer caught in the headlights, looking straight ahead. This is where a professional headshot photographer comes in. They have the ability to chat. They have ways of getting that expression out of you. They will try to get you onto a topic that you are passionate about. That is when you give off that really good expression which will make the difference between a good headshot and a bad headshot.

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