4. Move! Staying stationary can often times produce a very staged and cheesy look. Just because you are still does not mean that you can’t change your angles to create a fresh and inspired look. Try leaning into the camera slightly to appear more engaged, shifting your weight from left to right, or simply moving your chin slightly up and down for different shots to get a variety of facial expressions to choose from.
If you feel stuck or stiff, start walking, spin in a circle, jump up and down — do whatever you need to do to get energy moving.
When being photographed, if it’s anything other than a straight on head shot for your linked in profile or a specific connection shot you need to engage your audience, you don’t need to always need to be looking directly into the camera.
Look away (into the distance)
Look down to your side (like someone just gave you a flattering compliment
A good photographer will help you in this by gently guiding you and making suggestions. You WILL feel awkward in the beginning, but once you have been at it for a bit, it will come naturally!
I found these images of this senior girl from a few years ago, she passed away not long after these images were taken. She was a sweet girl that truly rocked her senior pictures. Therefore, I though it was only right to feature her for this blog post.