#11 APPROACHABILITY COMES FROM THE MOUTH.
This is HUGE people!
Appearing confident and approachable is the winning recipe for a successful headshot.
We’re going to need to work that mouth to achieve a genuine smile. Not one of those fake ‘say cheese’ smiles. You know the type? The subject looks like they’re grimacing from having an umbrella opened up their ass, eyes bulging! Pained smile.
No. Hell no.
If I catch you doing this, I’m not going to press the shutter button until you stop it!
We want to capture a genuine, relaxed expression, one of approachability and warmth. When we get that reaction from the mouth, the eyes will fall into place too. Remember how to smile with your eyes from the previous post? Well, the two go hand-in-hand. A tiny smile also works well for approachability, but again, it needs to be genuine.
Think of something in advance of your headshot session that you find hilarious. A situation or story that tickles you. It will help to put you in the genuine laughter zone! There are more than a few things that make me laugh out loud when I think of them. Not so great when I’m walking down the street alone, but they get me every time!
I’ve worked with fashion models over the years who have a preference for the melancholy and I get that. It works in certain types of photos, but it’s not what we’re looking for in a professional headshot.
So, forget what you think you already know about posing and trust in your headshot photographer to direct and coach you into getting those killer shots.
AND HAVE FUN AT YOUR HEADSHOT SESSION!
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