It’s no exaggeration to say that formal portraits for websites, social media or Linkedin profiles are getting more importance and attention. Recently I’ve received some assignments in Amsterdam for studio portraits, so I packed up my travel kit (a light studio strobe, umbrella, tripod, remote control) and had some amazing sessions with some amazing people.
While for some of us, getting relaxed in front of the camera is no problem, some people are shy and modest. Most of them expect the same image as they see in the mirror which is practically impossible, unless you have a perfectly symmetric face. 🙂
But it’s also not the goal. What you see in the mirror is a reflection, a reversed image that can only be reproduced if the photographer reverses your portrait. It’s not a good idea. People who see you will expect the image they see, not the one you see in the mirror. Trust the photographer, if they say you look great, you probably do!
Instead, try to relax and be yourself, concentrate on the things you need from the portrait. Is it a business portrait? Then try to imagine yourself in a business situation, try to imagine how you would like to see a person like you in a portrait. It’s easier than you think. 🙂
Don’t worry about the process, that’s the photographer’s job. As long as you have enough choices from the set, you’ll be fine. I’ll always make sure you have a decent set of shots that you can choose from.