What makes an effective head and shoulders portrait?
Since a head and shoulder portrait focuses closely on a person’s face, it allows us to tell more about a person’s personality. The kind of message we send will be determined by two areas:
Good posture is always important and can help show confidence.
Normally sitting at a slight angle to the camera slims the body and adds interest. This avoids a “mug” shot look.
A straight look into the camera shows more strength. Tipping the head slightly gives the impression of interest or friendliness
Consider the following…
How do I want to present myself? “Down to business” or warm and friendly? Nothing is worse than a plain expression. It implies that the person doesn’t care or is bored. On the other hand, a forced grin can look artificial.
The secret is in the eyes. The eyes are what we normally look at when we connect with someone. They can show interest, concern, or warmth. The more natural, the better.
Imagine “connecting with” or “engaging” the camera. If it is done correctly, someone looking at the portrait will feel that the subject is connecting with him or her.
TIP: The more comfortable you are getting your photo taken, the better you will look. Take your time, rest if needed, take a breath, wet your lips, let the photographer know how you feel or what concerns you may have. You might even try to practice in advance with a mirror at home.
I’m a second generation photographer. Art has been one of the centers of my life from my childhood. My professional photography career started in 2002 and it has shaped how I look at the world ever since.
We’ve geared our business toward business professionals. Your time is valuable, and having a good photograph is essential in our digital age. Every aspect of our business is shaped to meet your needs, within our expertise and artistic vision.
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Jen Barker Worley Photography specializes in corporate headshot photography.