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5 tips for a great head shot | by +Krisandra

During intern critique night, the subject of “what makes a good head shot” came up. Since I photograph a lot of head shots – a lot – I thought I would put my two cents in on the subject!

I have specialized in head shots for the last 3 years. So, what makes a great head shot, you ask? Well, you might as well ask what makes a great photo. But, here are some pointers:

1. Connection. Eye contact is KEY. You want to be able to look at the image and feel the person is looking you in the eye. If your subject isn’t intrigued then neither will the person viewing photograph.

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2. Simple backdrop. We are here to see the person in the photo, not where you took the photo. If the backdrop is visible then it should support the subject and not be distracting.

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3. Clothing. Simple solid colors are always best. Also, try to avoid solid white – it can be distracting. The eye tends to go toward the brightest part of the image and you don’t want that to be the shirt your subject is wearing. Also, minimal jewelry.

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4. Vertical: In my experience, comp cards are generally vertical. If you take a horizontal shot, make sure you pull back enough to where it can be cropped vertical. There is nothing worse than having your client love the (horizontal) shot you took only to hear they can’t use it because it can’t be cropped vertical.

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5. Posing: Head shot means just that. Pose from the shoulders up and fill the frame. Don’t “cut off” the top of the head. Proper facial expressions can also affect posing. Change up expressions!
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But, most importantly, you need a good photographer! You have to have fun and feel comfortable during a head shot session or it will reflect in the photo that is primarily, well,  your face. Head shots are about capturing your personality, so make sure you bring it to your session.

 

Five Tips for a Better Photobooth at Your Wedding

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We do not like failure. We don’t like losing. We don’t even like things that kind of lose or fail. Especially photobooths. Especially your photobooth at your wedding. No one likes a dead dance floor at a wedding and we absolutely hate a dead photobooth. SO. Here are a few tips on how to make sure that your photobooth is busier than me at a Chinese buffet.

1. Location, Location, Location

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Where  you put your photobooth, matters. The closer to the bar – the better (makes sense right?!) If not near the bar area, then at the very least put it somewhere in the reception space room with the dance floor. DO NOT put it by itself on a different floor or other room tucked away in the back somewhere, hoping people go out of their way to find it (at some plantation home weddings the only space for it is in a completely other room, where guests probably won’t ever visit.)

Your photobooth should be considered another piece of entertainment – so put it in the vicinity of the dance floor or bar.

2. Have an Open Bar

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I mean – yeah you don’t need to have alcohol to have a kickass photobooth – but it definitely won’t hurt…

3. Tell your guests about the photobooth

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We’ll do everything can to get people into the photobooth – and of course have it announced by the DJ/band – but one of the best ways  to make sure people know you have a photobooth is by telling them. You don’t have to go around and notify every single person – but as the two people getting married – you should definitely make your own visit to the photobooth – and bring along your best friends. All of them.

4. Have Props for Everyone!

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PROPS. Your photobooth company will probably provide props – but if you have any crazy ideas for props or want to bring your set – DO IT. Also – ANYTHING can be a prop. ANYTHING.

5. Have a GREAT Photobooth Attendant!

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Some photobooth attendants are basically just button pushers. Boring, boring, BORING button pushers. What you want is someone who will not only pull people into your photobooth – but that will also get the ‘best’ out of them once they’re in there. You don’t want 4 boring photos of them just staring blankly at the camera. You want different poses, different looks, and a lot of fun attitude! Your photobooth attendant is the emcee… of that 10 x 10 space for 3 hours… (I know, it’s like being the captain of a rowboat but whatever! We love it!)

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