A photo reveals not only the facial expressions and the body positions in a point of time, but it also captures the essence of the moment. The personalities of the models or subjects and the spirit of the interpersonal interaction are conveyed with the flash of the shutter speed. Photographer Ken Peters of LivInAwe Productions has the talent and the experience to create intriguing, memorable shots.
Accurate Body Language invites you to listen to Ken Peter’s podcast interview, as he shares photography tips to get the perfect shot:
- Together Ken Peters and photographer Christina Kafkakis created his amazing professional headshot that compels interest, strategically lures, and directs viewer’s eye gaze.
- Square palms exposed in upward angled position convey open trustworthiness.
- Hands symmetrically frame and focus:
- Ken’s face to the commanding (slightly off) center of attention, as well as…
- the subject model from Ken’s perspective for the perfect shot.
- Alpha leadership facial expression displays authoritative eye contact and presence.
- Headshot artistically portrays LivInAwe Productions brand of photography and videography: Be Seen. Be Heard. Be AWESOME.
TIP 1: Know Your Photographer
Know what area of photography your photographer excels. LivInAwe productions excels in product and nature photography. Understanding the roots of manual photography allows Ken to venture off to other avenues, such as, head shot photography. Yet, understanding client demands keeps Ken from shooting newborn and wedding photography. Know your photographer’s strong points.
Don’t confuse Head Shot photography with Portrait Photography. One is great for hanging on the corporate walls, but doesn’t transfer well to social media. Portrait photography can be expensive where head shot photography is very affordable. If you’re paying hundreds to a photographer for a head shot, you hired a portrait photographer.
TIP 2: A Picture Should Tell A Story
We’ve all seen them, the head shot in front of a generic white wall taken by a smart phone. How does that speak to you, or your business?
Today, the trend in head shot photography is to remove the subject from the studio and pose them in a place of business. Maybe it’s a farmer posing next to their crop, or a cake decorator in their studio. Let your head shot tell your story and describe your personality. Are you a flamboyant, Richard Simmons type? Or, are you a confident and cerebral, Steve Jobs type. Your personality is your brand. Your head shot should serve a better purpose than being recognized at a coffee house meeting.
TIP 3: What Do I Do With My Hands?
If you’re not comfortable in front of a lens, if you can’t relax, it will be difficult to capture an image that you’ll be happy with. A photographer, good at their craft, will take time to help you relax. Your friends or business associates, wife or mother, don’t see you as a tense person worried about how they look. They see casual, smiling eyes, sparkle, calm, persuasive, loving. If you hire a photographer to fire off a few snaps, and call it a day…you’ve hired the wrong photographer. If you’re posing to look like the image you want to project, and not who you are, you’re not going to look like you.
So, what do you do with your hands? That comes down to the story you’re trying to convey. Accurate Body Language expert Janette Ghedotte recommends displaying hands open (not crossed over chest, behind the back, hidden, or in pockets), natural, and in power positions (e.g., steepled fingers, hands on waists with arms expanded) that are congruent with the client’s brand image.
TIP 4: Dress, Makeup and Hair
When clients ask about what clothing to wear at the photo session, Ken suggests professional attire and clothes that are expressions of their individual personality. Tie or no tie, dress or pant suit? That comes down to personality and how approachable you want your appearance to be. Makeup doesn’t need to be accentuated for a head shot as photographers use editing software to remove blemishes.
Ken advises clients to place attention for the best possible hair. Hair can be very difficult, and time consuming, to fix in editing. Consider having your hair cut, or styled, a week or two before the photo session. The day of the shoot, bring hair care products to the location. If the shoot is on remote, bring a mirror to check ‘photo-ready’ appearance. If possible, bring a friend to the shoot. They can help with those last minute adjustments as your photographer prepares to shoot.
TIP 5: Imagine Yourself Outside The Box
By this point you’re comfortable with the idea of having your head shot taken. You’ve selected what you’ll wear and have had your hair styled. You’ve packed your hair care products and called a friend. You’ve considered the poses you would like and the personality you’d like to convey. You’ve selected a background that tells a story and speaks to your profession. Is there anything else?
This is the time to examine your story and work with the photographer regarding photo poses. Ken knew what he wanted for his head shot. The hands, with two thumbs together, was a technique cinematographers checked the aspect ratio of scenes they planned to shoot. This method speaks to my profession as a photographer and videographer. It also creates a frame that draws the viewer’s eyes to Ken’s face, which is what he want the viewer to remember. Ken’s face and is his image and his brand. A black shirt and background, with the proper lighting and the right photographer, made for a great head shot. Every time Ken gives his business card, he gets a compliment on the photo! Ken’s face is his image and his brand.
TIP 6: Practice Makes Perfect
If you’re a business owner you may be asked to conduct an on-camera interview. Prepare yourself for that event by setting up a video camera and recording yourself. Conduct a mock interview, then look at the results. You may see things about your performance you want to change. You may hear things about your oral presentation you may want to improve. You don’t want to be caught in front of a camera, mic thrust in front of your face, and nervously stammer your way through a recorded interview. Therefore, practice, record, and critique yourself beforehand.
Speaking to a camera isn’t common, nor does it come natural. It takes practice to become comfortable with the process. Give yourself an edge on the competition by practicing.
- Business telephone: 734-255-3679
- LivInAwe email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken Peter’s Headshot Credit:
- Christina Kafkakis, owner of Christina Maria Photo and Design:
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