Everyone with a camera phone does it at least once a week: we take photos of ourselves. Many of us have come to rely on that front-facing camera and know what angle we look just right. We know how far to extend our arms, how to slouch our shoulders or pull them back and we all know what filter looks right. I hate to be the barer of bad news, but it doesn’t translate in portrait photography or executive portraits.
Most of the poses you’re using for Instagram or Facebook selfies don’t work on a shoot. But here are a few tips on how to strike the perfect pose in your headshot.
Take it easy, it’s just a photo. Breathe, listen to direction and don’t get too stiff!
Keep your chin down
I cannot stress this enough. Keep. Your. Chin. Down. Not only will it actually slim your face, it will generally hide double-chins. Just make eye contact with the camera and make sure you’re facing the photographer unless otherwise directed.
More times than not, photos come out odd for two reasons. The first is the lighting was off in some way. The second reason is the subject decided to go overboard with expressions or movement. Don’t get me wrong, it’s important to feel free in front of the camera, but always be open to suggestion. I promise, I’ll make sure your photos turn out flawless.
Keep. Your. Chin. Down. Please!
Do the “thin lean”
This is what’s commonly referred to as the “college girl pose” or “my little tea pot.” You know it – hand on hip, turned to the side, knees slightly bent, head tilted. This doesn’t go well on a DSLR, despite looking suitable on your Instagram feed in sparing doses. Please stand up straight and look at the photographer, you will be pleasantly surprised.
Again, relax. We’re just taking photos. I’ll make sure you’re retouched in post-production. Just keep calm and smile.