Here is a Headshot FAQ for those preparing for their headshot session. If you have never taken professional photos before, don’t worry! As a San Francisco headshot photographer, I have worked with countless individuals and made this Headshot FAQ guide will help answer some of the most common questions to help alleviate some concern. Read below to learn more!
How do I pose?
Posing is something you definitely don’t have to worry about! It doesn’t matter if you’ve been in thousands of photos or you avoid the camera like the plague—I’m here to help you feel relaxed and have fun. I’ll coach you into a variety of poses and expressions and shoot photos from different angles to make sure we have a lot of great images and options for you to choose from. I’ll never just put you in front of the camera and expect you to figure it out; there will always be plenty of clear direction!
What facial expressions should I use?
Every single shot you take doesn’t have to be a deadly serious expression. Of course, you want to look professional, but that doesn’t mean you can’t crack a smile or even laugh now and then. And definitely don’t use the same forced smile for every image. The more variety you have in your expressions, the more choices you’ll have later. A more serious headshot may be suitable for a job application, while an image that’s a little more casual may look better for social media or your blog.
I feel nervous and uncomfortable in front of the camera. What should I do?
One of the main things that keeps people from getting professional headshots is nerves so you are not alone! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone say “I’m not photogenic!” Never fear! It’s your photographer’s job to help you feel at ease, and one way to do that is to play some of your favorite music. Create a playlist of songs that help you relax—or songs that get you pumped up. Whatever works for you!
I don’t like the way I look in photos. What can I do to change that?
Many people feel that they’re not photogenic, and most of the time that’s because they’ve only had photos taken by friends and family, not a professional. As a professional photographer, I’m an expert in lighting, angles, and post-production, so I know how to create photos that you will love!
Should I have headshots taken in a studio or outside?
Both are great options, and fortunately for you, we’ll do both at your session! Studio light and backdrops offer better control of the images, while natural light can give your photos a fresh, clean feel. I’ll photograph you in both settings, giving you more options to choose from!
What background should I use?
When it comes to background, you want something that will help you stand out but won’t draw attention away from the main focus of the photo: you. Talk to your photographer about the kind of backgrounds you think would suit your needs, and they can suggest the perfect locations or in-studio backdrops to get the look you’re going for.
This Headshot FAQ has all the common questions I hear when it comes to headshot sessions. If you have more questions, feel free to get in touch! I’d love to chat with you!
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