Acting Headshot Tips
Headshots can be a confusing ordeal if you do not have the right understanding of what differentiates each type of headshot. There are a handful of different types of headshots and I will give you a detailed description of each one.
When you are doing your commercial headshot you need to be able to give a genuine smile. I like my clients to give me a variety of soft smiles, big smiles and laughs. If you don’t feel comfortable smiling and most people do not, you will need to let go or practice smiling days before your shoot. It sounds silly but practicing anything will make you better.
Look away from the camera and smile, then turn back to camera with that smile will give better results. It’s always better to look away, get an expression then look at the camera with the expression.
Looking away for a second and looking back at the camera gives you the ability to not be intimidated by the camera by giving yourself a moment.
A great theatrical headshot captures the genuine essence of the actor or actress.
The poses can be more comfortable and more your style.
The expressions can be anything and everything. I say throw the kitchen sink at it. Give every little bit of expression you have. Just remember to keep it genuine.
I think the best tip I can give for this is to have a conversation with the headshot photographer the whole session. Don’t focus on speaking with your words. Let the photographer talk and you react to the conversation with expressions. =)