4. Sit up straight. You want to look confident in your headshot. The easiest way to do that is by making sure you are exercising good posture. Even if the photographer asks you to lean forward, keep your back straight and your shoulders down. Bend at the hips instead of hunching over.
5. Avoid a Double Chin. Sometimes when people try to sit up straight they draw their chin back into their neck. This gives the unflattering appearance of a double chin. For a defined jawline, push your forehead out towards the camera and then just a little bit down. Practice this move at home in the mirror to see the difference. You don’t want to push your chin out TOO far or it just looks weird. It feels really strange, but it looks great!
6. Try different smiles. During your session try a variety of looks. Start with your traditional big picture smile, then switch it up to serious, then smile but with your mouth closed and no teeth showing at all. Then a little bit of teeth showing. Then a great big toothy grin. If you have a gap, or crooked or missing teeth, don’t be afraid to smile with your teeth showing. Your photographer should know different techniques to minimize attention on these areas while still maintaining the approachability that a full smile results in.
7. Trust the photographer. When you sit down, or stand up, for your session the photographer is likely to tell you to turn your head and body in ways you think can’t possibly look good. Surprisingly though, what feels totally strange actually looks great in a headshot. People have the tendency to lean back away from the camera, this leads to the photographer seeing right up your nose. That’s why they tell you to lean forward. So just know you are in good hands and that the best way to get a great shot is to listen to what the photographer tells you do do and to trust that he or she know what they are doing. Their job is to make you look your best.