If you are just getting started in the blogging world, or any small business that is using social media, you will quickly realize the importance of a good headshot. I know what you are thinking! Head shots are for models. Oh no, my friend! Not in 2014. Head shots are for anybody and everybody who plans to have an online presence. You need a good quality shot of yourself that you can use consistently so that people will begin to put a face with a name. Of course when you are just starting out, money is often an issue so the idea of hiring a professional photographer is daunting. If you can swing it, it is TOTALLY worth it but if not consider taking your own. Follow these simple steps for how to take your own head shots with an iPhone (or really and smartphone with a good built-in camera)!
I canNOT say enough good things about the Joby iPhone Gorrillapod. It is small, it is super bendy so you can use it in all kinds of crazy places, and it costs less than $20! Score! In terms of the shutter remote, I picked up this super fun/funny one called the #Selfie at a local shop here in town. OF COURSE it is also available online at Amazon. Also under $20! And yes, I do know that they volume button on the headphones that come with your iPhone does the same thing. Sadly, the headphone cord is not nearly as long so unless you want some real CLOSE UPS, I would invest in a shutter remote.
2. The setup: Find a wall in your house that would make for a good backdrop. Make sure that it gets plenty of natural light. I shot these head shots in the early afternoon (in New England in March) with no overhead lighting. If it had been summer, I would have gone for morning or early evening… whenever the light is soft and isn’t casting major shadows. Don’t worry if you have to take a few picture frames off the wall. Even if there are nails or nail holes in the wall, we can take care of that in part 2 of this post when we edit the photos.
I used a chair to attach my Joby Gorrillapod to and found a stool that would let me sit a little lower than the camera. We all look better when the camera is pointing down on us (read: no double-chin).
I attached my shutter remote (it goes in the headphone jack) to my iPhone, slipped the iPhone into the Gorillapod and had a seat on my little Ikea stool. (Side note: I chose the day that I already had a hair appointment for my “photo shoot.” I have no abilities when it comes to doing hair so one less thing to worry about.)
3. The shoot: Try to relax and think about something funny. Maybe even put Jimmy Fallon on in the background to give you the giggles. Remember it is just you and the camera so have some fun. Here are some things I learned from my shoot:
- Try sitting close to the camera. Try sitting farther away.
- Lean in. Lean back.
- If you are going to look at the camera, make sure you are looking at the actual camera lens (instead of the screen) so your eyes are pointed in the right direction.
- Don’t be afraid to leave some blank space around you. It is a fun place to add a thought bubble or text.
- Be aware of your posture. You don’t want to be stiff but you don’t want to be Slumpy McGee.
- Pause and take a look at your photos. See what you might want to do differently.
- And don’t be afraid to play with filters (I LOVE the Chrome filter that is now built into the iPhone camera). I would recommend doing some without filters too so you can have some fun with those during the editing process.
Swing back around later this week for part 2 when I will show you just how easy it is to edit your head shots. A few wrinkles or blemishes? NO prob! XO, ellie
p.s. Have you ever had professional head shots? Have you ever tried taking your own? Any tips or tricks?