What to expect from your photoshoot.
Photoshoots can be scary if you don't know what to expect. Hopefully I can alleviate some of your concerns I'll address it by actors, models, and business professionals I'll start with the actors
Actors, what makes a good headshot is confidence, and approachability. Confidence comes from the eyes and approachability comes from the mouth. The way to look confident is to try and keep your eyes small by smizing (Check out celebrity photos), It's simple as that. Top it off with a slight smile and your golden.
You been practicing your faces in the mirror or on your smart phone. Your feeling good, now what do you wear? Keep it simple, no bright colors, no patterns. And wear something you feel confident in. And that's it your ready!
Next is models. I can only speak on shoots with me and ones I been too, but for the most part be ON TIME. If you can do that your find yourself working more than most girls. Once you arrive on set you'll go straight into hair and makeup. If you didn't talk about outfits to the photographer bring the classics. Big sweaters, plain tanks & tees, tube top, blue jean jacket, and button up shirt this will cover 99% of shoots.
So on too the actual shoot, some photographers are very verbal and will coach all of your poses. Others like me and very quiet while shooting and will coach (if needed) in between sets be ready for both types. A little advice on posing, find a model with your body type and study all his or her poses no one expects you to reinvent the wheel.
If your shooting beauty shots, the best advice which I got from a model was too try and look through the lens, and see if you can find the photographers eye. You will make some great faces. And If all else fails SMIZE. That's a photoshoot in a nutshell.
Onto business professionals. You have it the easiest all you have to do is smile. I think most business headshots or business portraits are taken to make a great first impression on potential customers, clients, partners, readers, etc. So a nice big smile is inviting and makes you appear more trustworthy. Then they're are some classic poses like arms crossed, poker face, the standing over a desk. These are classic for reason, don't be afraid to try them. Also white background is classic works almost across the board.
That pretty much sums it up, any questions please ask.
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