Look Effortlessly Real, Not Made Up!
December 17, 2018
How your portrait turns out is dependent on both the photographer and the subject. Let me elaborate:
When you go to your headshot session, usually, your body and face starts out stiff and you begin with a smile that seems a tad bit forced. Don't sweat it. The photographer is there to help make you as comfortable as possible and to capture the best version of yourself in the photographs that they create. The photographer will direct you on set, adjust the lighting as necessary, shuffle around a little bit to figure out your best angles and so forth. I look at this process like a dance, where just like how the dancer gradually finds that rhythm to the music, the photographer gradually finds the perfect light, angle and expressions from you to come up with a photograph that is beautiful, powerful and evocative.
So we’ve covered what the photographer can do to get the best results but what if your makeup, hair and wardrobe isn’t done well? There’s only so much work that can be done in post production and there isn’t really a magic cure to fix all that.
Even if you usually don’t wear makeup, this is one time where there is no harm in putting a little bit of makeup as long as it’s applied well. Good makeup doesn't mean putting on so many layers of makeup that you don't even see your pores and end up looking like a mannequin! Tasteful makeup does the job of hiding any imperfections on your skin but at the same time, keeps a very natural look that portrays the real you. A good makeup artist can help define your main features (for example, eyes and lips) and help diminish the features that are not very flattering (e.g. wrinkles, neck lines, eye bags, etc.).