Headshots Boston – How To Pose an Actor for a Professional Headshot in Under 10 Minutes!

Hi, I’m Luis Zehr, and in this blog post I’ll be going over some basic head and shoulder positions for any style of professional headshots you may be taking.

So, one thing to consider when you’re taking headshots is what their eventual use will be. So if you’re taking a professional portrait, let’s say for someone’s business card, you want them to portray a more serious look. But if you’re shooting, let’s say, headshots for a high school portrait or portfolio for modeling or acting, your client can show more personality, making it be a bit more fun.

Another thing to consider is your model’s gender.So if you’re taking pictures of a man, you want to use more masculine poses, obviously; and if it’s a woman, you know you won’t want to make her look more aggressive, usually by using masculine poses. A masculine pose example would be shooting the headshot on an up angle displaying power and confidence.

So let’s move on with some basic things that you want to implement with the eyes when taking Boston headshots.

So when you’re taking a portrait, your main focus is going to be on your model’s eyes. For that reason, you want to make sure the eyes are well-lit, that they have a catch light, and that you’re not casting any long shadows against your client’s face. Usually your model will be looking into your camera, but if you want a more candid look, they can look off camera too.

When positioning your model’s shoulders, having them square, facing the camera, will give the appearance that your model is aggressive and masculine. But tilting your model’s shoulders to the side a bit makes them look narrower and it’s generally more attractive, especially for women.

As experienced headshot photographers in Boston, you will need to put your client’s shoulders square to your field of vision.

Now that we have your model’s shoulders in position, let me explain how to turn their head. The most common head turn is about three quarters of a turn. It’s the most flattering because the nose is never breaking the cheek line when the model turns their head, and it works well with men and women but women especially. A more aggressive head turn would be direct just like the shoulders.

Another head turn to use is 7/8ths, which looks the best with men. The last head turn is the profile. That accentuates your model’s nose, chin and forehead, which can be unflattering but shouldn’t to be a problem with an attractive model.

Now that you have your head turns down, which is the direct, 7/8ths, 3/4, you have to consider your head tilt which is when you move your head from side to side.

The different head tilts you can use are direct, there’s a feminine head tilt which is coyly towards the camera and the masculine head tilt which is putting your ear towards the back shoulder; it’s a little bit manly and a little bit tough.

Now let’s do direct and masculine that’s pretty tough and feminine. The next thing we’re going to address is what you should do with your model’s mouth.One thing to consider is that if your model’s teeth aren’t their best asset, you probably won’t want to highlight them by having the model give you a full smile. Professional headshots Boston makes the actor’s teeth subject a known fact and put that into practice every day during our photo shoots at the studio.

If you want your model to have a natural smile, you want to joke with them and smile yourself as the photographer.
Another thing to consider with the smile is that sometimes it might not be appropriate for your model to smile.

So if they’re a CEO of a large corporation, the client probably won’t want to look big, and smiley and cheesy, they’ll want to come across as being professional, competent and serious.

In retrospect, when posing, you have to consider how the different poses interact with each other. If you have square shoulders and a masculine head tilt, you probably won’t want a big smile. With square shoulders, you probably won’t want a soft feminine head tilt.

You’ll want to combine the headshot poses in a way that makes sense with the overall mood and feel for the final headshot.

So that concludes my article on posing your model for a head shot in less than ten minutes!

Actor headshots Boston, and the entire staff at Luis Zehr Headshot Photography would like to sincerely thank all our clients and fans for reading and commenting on our latest blog post.

Until next time, keep those shutters clicking on your digital cameras.
Luis Z 🙂