Self-consciousness, as August Mclaughlin notes in a recent post, will almost invariably show through in your headshots. But there’s a way you can avoid it:
Don’t try too hard. Use your imagination to drift away during the shoot. In particular, don’t think about the photos during the shoot. This may sound odd, but it helps minimize self-consciousness — a potential awesome-photo wrecker. You know how we love characters with secrets? Have one! Look into the lens with your secret in mind… (source)
August, a quondam model who writes thrillers, gives us such sage advice here that I thought it would be instructive to see some real-life examples. The following are a few of my favorites:
This was the runner-up:
But the clear winner is exactly whom you’d guess, that deadly handsome man:
Speaking of deadly handsome, here’s a gorgeous video you’ve probably never seen, containing a song you’ve probably never heard:
(Hat tip August.)
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What, no Lindsay Lohan?
Well well well — if it isn’t Averil Dean with her pretty name and her pretty new avatar. My goodness, Ms. Dean, where do you get these provocative images?
It’s very good to see you. Much better seeing you — any day — than Lindsay Lohan.
Thank you for dropping by.