Not many people like having their photograph taken. While photographing somebody in our favourite London studio on Brick Lane, I compared the process of having your headshot taken to the experience of going to the dentist. The more that I think about it the more that I think this really is true for so many people.
Much like visiting the dentist, people arrive for their headshot a little nervous. With both experiences, there really isn’t anything to be scared of – what’s the worst that could happen? Once the experience is over you’ll be pleasantly surprised that it didn’t hurt a bit and you’ll wonder what you were afraid of. You’ll be in one piece and it’s unlikely that you’ll be bruised or bleeding!
Much like your dentist, a decent photographer will make you look good when you smile. The tooth doctor is focused on making your teeth look great, whereas a good photographer knows how to stop you looking like an idiot with a big awkward grin. Not all photographers will do this, some champion the big cheesy smile or prefer the super serious intensity of a model on a catwalk, but it should be about a comfortable, natural looking relaxed smile. Much like the photograph above your photographer should work with you to make you comfortable and make you smile look honest to achieve a contemporary headshot look.
Given the choice you wouldn’t go to the dentist. You go because you want a mouthful of teeth for eating and smiling. It’s that smile that helps create a great fist impression and same is true of a headshot. You don’t want to go through the process of being snapped but you need to make a good first impression so you need to have a headshot and that headshot needs to be a great.
The thing to remember about having a headshot is that it won’t hurt a bit.
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