Headshot-Jim-Garner-1A headshot seems easy enough to photograph. I mean, it’s just a portrait of the client’s face, right? Actually, a headshot is more difficult than it seems. Remember, that for actors/models/performers, their headshot is one of their most important tools of their trade. A headshot could mean the difference between a callback and booking the gig, to just another photo in the rejected pile. Today, many fields also require headshots – from real estate to corporate CEOs, so headshot photography is a great field to look into if you are looking for an area to specialize in or if you’re looking to expand your photography services.

Lighting and posing is of utmost importance in headshot photography and in the following video from CreativeLive, Jim Garner explains his lighting setup and gives posing tips for business professional headshots. The clip is from his recent appearance on Creative Live’s Photo Week, from his class, How to Expand Beyond Wedding Photography.


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Jim begins by giving some quick posing tips – making sure you realize that people have sides, how to angle their shoulders and where to point their feet. He then moves onto his lighting setup and how to create a nice halo in the background. This 7 minute video is full of great information to help you light and pose your next headshot session!

There’s only a few days left in Photo Week 2014. Check it out here!