Quite a few years back, I had to have professional head shots taken
for speaking engagements I was doing for the company I worked for. It
was an...um... intriguing and unsettling experience.
What I found was that it was critical that I was comfortable in what
I was wearing (both clothes and makeup) and how I had my hair done.
Otherwise, what resulted looked stilted, silly, or just plain odd.
From that point on, I insisted on my own clothes: an elegant silk
blouse in a solid color - important - that complemented my skin tone
and hair color, with a neckline that was flattering AND somewhat
visible (you really don't want to look "nude" - nor do you want to
look "choked"). In those clothes and my "own" hair and makeup, I was
comfortable enough to smile, laugh, be relaxed, and look much more
natural in those oddly unnatural poses that pro photogs seem to
insist on for head shots.
As to the importance of good head shots (and a good appearance at
shows) - someone once told me that "No one wants to buy their style
from someone who has none." That's stuck with me and is good
incentive for me to not take the easy road of jeans and too-casual
button-down shirt to work my booth. Professional and somewhat stylish
attire is the rule for me, and I do think it makes a difference. I
carry myself differently and my posture changes in more formal
The shots of me on my website, on the other hand, show me from the
side, hard at work in the studio. In that context, my work stands
alone... I would imagine very few people really care, online, about
what I look like. They just want to see the work.
Hope this helps!
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