The Perfect Headshot Has a Great Camera Angle

Should a taller person have a profile picture shot from below, so we are all looking way up at the person? Should we be looking down at a shorter person in his or her headshot? No!

The camera’s height should be in the right spot in relation to the person’s face.

High-End Headshots rejects the common headshot angle, shot from above the person’s head, making viewers look down on the subject. That angle diminishes them.

A perfect headshot will have a hint of looking up at the person, while maintaining the feel of a face-to-face meeting. Yes, there are height differences when we meet in person, but a headshot should put us all on the same plane.

We are professionals. We all have a lot to offer our connections. Camera height shouldn't be the focus of a headshot. It’s our competence, confidence, and approachability.

“I never understood why photographers literally make others look down on us through our headshots. A great camera angle looks like meeting eye-to-eye, but it is empowering as there is a slightly upward angle from camera to subject,” says the phenomenal Louisville headshot photographer Gary Barragan.

A perfect executive headshot will convey that the executive knows what he or she is doing and that he or she is a real person, capable of friendly interactions with colleagues – capable of having a little fun in a given week!

Camera angle should add to that perception, not draw attention away from our faces and our expressions. Let’s go check our camera angles on our executive headshots.

Check out the other eight characteristics of the perfect executive headshot.

My name is Jon Meadows, and I am the headshot photographer and expression coach at High-End Headshots based in Washington, D.C. I am honored to be an associate headshot photographer of Peter Hurley, who runs the Headshot Crew.

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