How to get a great Headshot
First off not everyone is young and great looking, myself included. Far from both. Not so for Kristen, she is both. I love how our session came out and I think there's a lot we can all learn from her.
Confidence and Warmth
These two qualities define every great business headshot. How is this accomplished?
The key to headshot photography is directing that on demand. It's very unnatural to have a camera pointed at you with a bunch of gear set up while the pictures pop up nearly instantly for us to "judge" on a large computer screen. So what can you do?
Start a week out and look at yourself while you're brushing your teeth. Look yourself in the eye and own your appearence. Pretend you're interacting with another person and you're trying to engage them simply on the basis of warmth and confidence. If you saw yourself at a party with that expression, would you feel comfortable approaching yourself and engaging in a conversation?
Practice a closed mouth smile. Not too big or small. Warmth is subtle but definite. Now do the same thing with an open mouth smile. Again if it's too big you start distorting the face if it's too small it lacks the requisite energy to be a smile.
Again, practice. Try your clothes on well in advance. Get new clothes or see a tailor or seamstress if need be.
The key to wardrobe is straight clean lines. For business men this is easy. What they need to concentrate on is making sure their clothing fits. For women there are more choices but you should use the same principal. I think women look best cropped above the breasts. This is a generalization but it holds especially for a headshot. It's why we (headshot photographers) recommend cropping high on the chest yet below the collar bone. (The limiting factor in cropping is where your eyes fall in the frame). For this reason women shouldn't wear low cut blouses nor should they wear heavy necklaces. I call this "dressing for your face". If someone looks at your headshot and comments on your necklace, it's not a good headshot. So small stud earings or thin long ones. I recommend no necklace but thin ones if you must.
So give some thought to your wardrobe and practice your expression. I'd love to work with you!