Demystifying headshot photography assumptions

November 2, 2015

The following are five common assumptions that I hear regularly and would like to demystify;

  1. Crossed Arms indicate anxiety, anger or aggressive body language.
    Who am I to dare demystify this well researched fact that if someone crosses his or her arms its negative body language, its a bad thing!  Everyone knows that!  A lot of people will cross their arms regularly for a lot of reason’s, I do it because I have a stone in my gallbladder and it makes me feel comfortable to do so.  In my experience negative body language is both simpler and more complicated than simply the physical pose of a person.  In googling the search query ” arm crossed body language “, I read lots of junk information ” secrets of body language…” and so forth.  These articles have actor’s posing with their arms crossed to illustrate and prove these assumptions.  As a headshot photographer, I’ve seen a plethora of emotions being illustrated while having the same pose.
  2. Keep your back straight!  Mother’s are the usual corporate, telling my clients to keep their back straight instead of being authentic and real.  This advice have cost me re-shoots, my clients are being good boy’s and listening to their mother’s during a session being completely different by trying to pretend that their backs is straight.
  3. “You have a photographer’s eye”.  Some photographers in other areas can claim that is their eye making extraordinary choices, but for a headshot photographer it isn’t so.  Recently, I met an outstanding photographer who is 95% blind, making her legally blind.  Being an expert in basic photographic techniques is mandatory but that is all we do that mirrors other photographic techniques, psychology, insightfulness and compassion is what really sets an establish Headshot Photographer apart.
  4. Perfectionism is key.  In school we are taught to have a great attention to detail which is important but can also ruin the career of a headshot photographer.  Human beings have infinite amount of variables that are perfectly fine just the way that they are.  Everyday, I am learning the Art of Listening rather than controlling and
  5. “To look professional one should do…”.  I will never forget a lesson learned many years ago when I was a business executive in a fairly large corporation in Venezuela.  The founder who was a personal friend like an uncle made me spend hours rehearsing on how I should greet the non executive folks.  I got in trouble for being too friendly with people of lower rank, my lesson was never, ever to be as such.  Today, professionalism is more about intelligence and integrity rather than the suit, shirt or jacket one wears.

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