February 7, 2014

Headshot Mistakes: Wrong Angle, Too Close, Wrong Lens

Fort Worth Actor Headshot Kristin Wrong Angle Too CloseContinuing my series of blog posts on Headshot Mistakes … things I’m seeing every day … Common mistakes actors make in their headshots.

This is one that I see far too often. I blame it on the “selfie” that actors like this angle of themselves. In truth, this is done by photographers who are trying to get “creative” – trying to add excitement to what they think is a boring headshot. They are usually inexperienced and don’t realize that to be that close means they are using a lens that is too “short” and will cause objects that are very close to the lens appear large and things away from the lens to appear small. In this image, the forehead is exaggerated and the chin is made very small. Even more crazy, the body is so small that it makes her look like some sort of bobblehead dolls.

Fort Worth Actor Headshot KristinYour photographer should come around in front of you and be closer to eye level. They still should be back away from you a little bit for the same reasons as above. When they are too close, objects close to the lens will be exaggerated and large – if they are straight on, that means your nose! Get your photographer to back up some and have your face look more natural.

A special thank you goes out to Kristin and all the actors who helped with this blog project. They were great sports in letting me purposely photograph them badly.