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How to feel comfortable posing for headshots


I’m a headshot and personal branding photographer based in East London. To me good portraiture is much more than just good lighting and a fancy camera. It's about understanding people - their vulnerabilities, and their unique personalities. It's about empathy and creating a safe space where people can truly be themselves. That's why I take the time to really get to know each person I work with, to understand how they see themselves and how they want to be seen. Let's be honest, posing for headshots can be intimidating. But a little preparation and practice can go a long way to helping you feel more confident and look great in your photos. Here's my guide to posing for headshots to give you an idea of what to expect:


1. Stand up straight: Good posture is key to looking confident in your headshots. Stand up straight with your shoulders back and your head held high. This will also help elongate your neck and jawline.


2. Relax your face: One of the most important things to remember when posing for headshots is to relax your face. This means avoiding any forced smiles or expressions. Instead, we can chat and have a laugh and let your natural smile shine through.


3. Find your angles: Everyone has different angles that flatter their face. Experiment with tilting your head slightly to the left or right, or angling your chin up or down. This can help highlight your best features and minimise areas you are less keen on.


4. Use your eyes: Your eyes are one of the most important parts of your headshot. Make sure they are in focus and engaged with the camera. Try looking directly into the lens, or slightly off to the side for a more natural look.


5. Experiment with hand placement: Your hands can add interest and variety to your headshots. Try placing them on your hips, crossing your arms, or holding a prop.


6. Practice, practice, practice: The more you practice posing for headshots, the more comfortable and confident you'll feel in front of the camera. Consider practicing in front of a mirror or with a friend to get a sense of what looks best on you.


Here are some helpful YouTube videos that demonstrate headshot posing techniques:


1. How to Pose for a Headshot - Professional Tips for Women by The Portrait Studio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3IbJtRZzY4E


2. Headshot Posing Techniques for Men and Women by Peter Hurley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe3oJnFtA_k


3. How to Pose for Headshots (Men & Women) by Tony Northrup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6W8E1G9fZo


Remember, posing for headshots should be fun and stress-free. With a little practice and the right attitude, you can create photos that showcase your unique personality and style.


Thank you for taking the time to read this blog, I really hope it has helped answer some of the questions you might have had about Headshot Photography. Please get in touch if you want to know more about family photography or about any of the other photography services I offer, including:












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