So you want a fantastic head shot or portrait for your new blog, website or social media but you're terrified of having your photo taken. Or maybe you just think you never seem very confident in photos. Here is a concept that may help you the next time you venture out in front of the camera. It's called power posing. No, it's not how to stand or pose powerfully in front of the camera. This has nothing to do with what you do during your studio photography session. This has everything to do with what you do before your photo shoot.
Here is something you may not know about me. As a corporate photographer, I'm often venturing into Boston businesses to take several employee and CEO head shots. During these shoots, I pride myself in getting my subjects to relax and take a great image in a very short amount of time. I often achieve this by acting like a lunatic. Anything to make them laugh and relax! But secretly, I'd love a way to make my subjects relax without looking like a fool. Here is another thing you may not know about me. I love TED talks! I find them inspiring, informative and entertaining. Normally, I take the information and apply it to my own life. However, I feel compelled to share this particular talk. I think this is a fantastic tool that can help both the head shot photographer and the head shot subject. Take a look at Amy Cuddy's TED Talk on Power Posing. If you're ever nervous about having your photo taken, or just want to portray your best self, follow her advice.