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How NOT to Pose for Headshots

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Acting 4th May 2017 backstage


Let’s try an experiment: Pull up your headshot and take a good look at it. What do you see? Because your headshot should show you an image of you looking like yourself on your best day; communicate to casting directors the roles that you can realistically play; and ultimately book you gigs. It’s your most important marketing tool. 

So after you shell out some serious dough (because headshots are an important investment and ideally shouldn’t be taken by your cousin Bobby who just convinced his parents to buy him a DSL-R), got your hair and makeup done just right, and picked the right photographer, it’s time to get in front of the camera. 

But how the heck do you pose? It’s OK to feel nervous. As an actor, you’re used to using your words to communicate feeling. Let’s examine some general rules for headshot posing, and some things you must avoid.

And while editorial and headshot photographer Marc Cartwright says, “I don't really like poses because I think it kills the natural flow of someone showing their personality,” here are some headshot poses actors just should not strike.

Read the full article at backstage

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