It’s always about the face. Yes, whether we like it or not, we will still be judged based on how we look or at least how others perceive us. And this judgmental side of human nature is actually more evident in the world of business.
Most, if not all, have the tendency to be very conscious about our looks and the way we present ourselves to others. And this concern is actually valid, especially when you are doing business. One cannot overemphasize the importance of appearing good in client meetings, business photos, and corporate headshots.
Because of this, many tend to overthink it. Proof of this is the concept of having a good or a bad side in photos.
There is a very big chance that by now, you already know what your best angle is. You will consciously or subconsciously tend to turn yourself in that direction every time you are aware that your photo is being taken. However, it can still get tricky, especially if you’re doing a corporate headshot and you want the photo to show not just your good angle but the best side of you. So how do you show your “good side” in a corporate headshot? Here are some helpful tips:
1. Avoid labels like “good” or “bad” sides
Before anything else, you have to destroy that concept of having a bad angle. No side of you is bad. It’s just that there are some angles that make you look better. You might think this is so simple but labeling actually does a lot. And if you let go of the idea that you have a bad angle, you’ll feel much better and you’ll be surprised at how you’ll also come out looking better when taking headshots.
2. The left tends to look better
While it is true that you don’t have a bad angle, studies have shown that for most people, the left side tends to look better. So how do you use this to your advantage during a corporate headshot? You can part or style your hair differently so as to expose your better-left side more. You can also turn a bit to that side for better shadowing and emphasis effects.
3. Nothing beats authenticity
More than anything else, it is always best to make sure that you look your authentic self. Be comfortable in your own skin and the way you look. This self-appreciation will actually show as you pose in front of the camera. And of course, never forget to show that authentic smile.
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