Tips : Headshot

by Jennifer Venter June. 28, 2019 570 views
Self-portrait June 2019.  Photo Credit: Jennifer Venter of Fleetingtime Photography

Self-portrait June 2019. Photo Credit: Jennifer Venter of Fleetingtime Photography

Since my hair seems to have grown like crazy over the past 18 months, I felt it was time to take a new headshot.

I had a rather elaborate outdoor plan in place for my new headshot, and I may still attempt it so I won't give anything away in this blog post. But before I could capture my idea, the Foshan summer arrived like a frying pan to the head.

One day it was a pleasant 20C day and then the next moment constant days of 32C plus and 90% humidity. I have been told that this type of temperature shall continue until well into October. This meant I had to come up with a new plan in front of the air con in our apartment.

On the day that I decided to do my own photo shoot, I was super excited as my wonderful Husband had bought me a wireless trigger release system for shoots like this and others of course. When I received the gift, I tested it and WHAM it worked like a champ but then on the day of my own photo shoot, the trigger said "no thank you, not today". By then I was totally invested with our whole apartment been moved around and tossed into oblivion, so my trusty cable trigger release came to the rescue yet again. As you can see my one hand with wired remote is hiding behind the fluffy rug.

For this set up, I wanted a different type of headshot. Some thing which showed my face but did not seem overly formal. I wanted my hair just so, my body language just so and overall my smile to be just so. This was a tall order especially when you have no one to guide you. Plus I had no idea whether my camera was 100% focusing on my face. I tried for close to an hour to get something which I liked but nothing spoke to me.

I think if there had been a CCTV in the apartment, they would have been laughing senseless at me. I would take a few shots with different movements and hair positions, and then I would jump up to see what I had done. In retrospect, I should I have just tethered to my laptop. But I had not thought it would take me so long to get what I wanted. Finally I put a little cosmetic mirror just under my camera lense so that I could see what my hair, body, smile etc was doing and BINGO it worked. After an hour's work and 120 images shot, I got the photo that I wanted.

My headshot must speak for me when people cannot meet me face to face, so it is imperative that the headshot brings across my personality, friendliness and approachability. So do you think that I achieved this with my final edited shot?

"A true portrait should, today and a hundred years from today, the Testimony of how this person looked and what kind of human being he was." - Philippe Halsman

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Jay Boggess 1 year, 8 months ago

Great shot & fun commentary!!!
Love the Halsman quote, as well!

1 year, 8 months ago Edited
Jennifer Venter Replied to Jay Boggess 1 year, 7 months ago

Thank you so much!

1 year, 7 months ago Edited