by Farris Abooud — freelance photographer offering headshots in London.
I’d like to share my thoughts on the topic of headshots, namely; what makes a great headshot?
Firstly lets talk about this: What is a Headshot?
A headshot is a simple photo of the face / upper body of a person. A good headshot should be flattering, engaging to look at, and should communicate a little something about the person being photographed. It should not be so stylised so as to distract from what’s important; the face, the expression, the eyes, the key is to use good, simple photography.
The cliché says that “A picture tells a thousand words”, and I believe that is exactly what a good headshot should do. For example, a corporate headshot should instantly portray something about its subject (be that for example trustworthiness, professionalism, approachability). Headshots for models and actors are a little more about showing the physicality of how that person registers on film, but there should still be a gentle element of character and engagement in there.
Getting Good Headshots:
Getting great headshots of a subject can be a bit of a tricky affair. Nobody ever looked good in their photos by being stuck in front of the camera and being told to sit and look in to the lens, right? And even if those images did look OK, most likely they won’t be saying anything particularly interesting about the person being photographed.
For anyone who isn’t used to being in front of the lens, I think that photographer’s job becomes 20% photography and 80% psychologist. My personal approach is to run very chatty, informal shoots which consist of the photographer and subject chatting away about a range of topics. The trick is to get the subject feeling 100% relaxed and almost forgetting that they are having headshots taken. By working with the model to recall things like good times and humorous experiences, past successes or past failures, current aspirations or hopes, then snapping away as we chat, I’m able to capture unique moments and unique expressions which really bring something in to the photos.
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