#12 EMPHASISE THE JAWLINE
Have you ever seen the ten billion or so ‘selfies’ posted to social media every day that are taken with a mobile phone camera from a painfully high angle?
Of course you have.
Looks like the picture was taken from the top of the Empire State Building!
Every time I see one of those pictures, a little piece of me dies inside. I understand why people do it, to make the jaw look stronger and to eliminate the double-chin. The fact remains though, that high-angle selfie sucks, BIG TIME!
Did I just hear the whole of Instagram gasp?
Why does it suck?
It sucks because we lose our background.
It sucks because we don’t want to be looking down on our subject.
What does looking down on someone imply?
The subconscious implication is that by looking down on someone they appear inferior and weak. The fore-shortening effect it has on the body looks silly. In our professional headshots, we want to be looking slightly up at someone to project the opposite. We want you to appear confident and powerful, rather than diminished.
So how are we going to achieve this?
I’m going to ask you to pull back your shoulders and jam your forehead towards the camera with your chin down and slightly out. It’s effectively stretching the muscles around your jawline and pulling your skin tight.
It might feel a little strange and un-natural but trust me THIS WORKS. It’s going to strengthen your jawline and get the very best from your face. Have you ever heard the expression ‘the camera adds ten pounds?’
This is how we take those ten pounds away.
Try it in the mirror.
We’re going to position the camera at chin height. Just slightly looking up at our subject to give that powerful viewpoint. Too low, and we’re looking up their nostrils. We don’t want that. The relationship between camera angle and focal length (lens choice) has a massive impact on portrait photography. It’s a subject that I will cover later.
So are you working that jaw?
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