This one is actually a twofer.
First and foremost, this necklace is completely wrong for headshots. The globes are bigger than her eyes and it stands out bright and bold – demanding your attention.
Which leads to the second one – because the jewelry is so large, it pulls your attention down – down to the low cut neckline and holding your attention there. This is not where you want attention drawn in a headshot. It might land you a role – but likely not the one you want.
In the second shot, the most prominent feature is those beautiful blue eyes and winning smile. The hint of a camisole makes for a much more modest top. If you wanted to add a small piece of jewelry for a feminine touch, you could do it without being attention grabbing.
A special thank you goes out to Leigh and all the actors who helped with this blog project. They were great sports in letting me purposely photograph them badly.