Chapter 6: How should I present myself?

How Should I Present Myself ?


Since a head and shoulders portrait focuses closely on a person’s face, it allows us to tell more about a person’s personality. The kind of message we send will be determined by two areas:

Posture

  • Good posture is always important and can help show confidence.  Most of us will admit that we slouch some, but don’t realize how it looks in the camera.  A person has to stretch the back to the point that it is sore.  Keep the shoulders straight across, chest out and lower back in.
  • Normally sitting at a slight angle to the camera slims the body and adds interest. This avoids a “mug” shot look.
  • A straight look into the camera shows more strength. Tipping the head slightly gives the impression of interest or friendliness 


Expression


  • How do I want to present myself? Down to business or warm and friendly? Nothing is worse than a plain expression. It implies that the person doesn’t care or is bored. On the other hand, a forced grin can look artificial.
  • The secret is in the eyes. The eyes are what we normally look at when we connect with someone. They can show interest, concern, or warmth. The more natural, the better.
  • Imagine “connecting with” or “engaging” the camera. If it is done correctly, someone looking at the portrait will feel that the subject is connecting with him or her