If you’re planning on taking a head shot, whether it’s for your acting career or company “About Us” page, there are several things you should avoid.
Smiling Too Much
This might be the first time you’ve heard that smiling can set you back but you actually want your headshot to be neutral, especially if it’s a headshot for acting. A neutral face means your lips won’t be tightened and your eyes will be opened wider. If you want to show off your pearly whites, go for it. But then try a softer look to round out your portfolio.
Hair in Your Face
When you have too much hair in your face, it’s going to be difficult for people to see your gorgeous face! Same with beards, gentlemen. If you’ve shaved or trimmed your beard, make sure there aren’t any stray hairs.
Clothing that shows off too much skin is clearly distracting but so are visible logos and patterned clothing. Ruffled and messy clothing can often be distracting.
Doing Your Own Makeup
Leave this one to the professionals. Skin and makeup can look very different under professional lighting. It's best to leave your makeup to a makeup artist with experience with professional photography.
Too Much Fake Posing
A good headshot should be authentic. If you’re obviously posing for the camera than it looks too fabricated.
Props & Gimmicks
One of the major setbacks to using props and gimmicks is that they can draw attention away from your face. Avoid using an over-the-top outfit and keep all props away from the face.
Even if sunglasses flatter your face, avoid them! Unless you’re taking a headshot where you need sunglasses, stay away from them. For those of you who are taking a headshot for a potential employee, sunglasses are not a good idea.