Thanks All. I feel a little more grounded now.
ksbal wrote in post #18155039
Last question... Stupid kid jokes - asking about girlfriend/boyfriend if you know the child, and they have been around you some. having mom/dad doing crazy faces right above your head - sometimes toys on your head is a good thing.
Dress style is whatever is solid and not distracting from the kid. - it is about the kid, not the clothing. So something that fits to a T but is pretty neutral would be the way I would go. Id go with a solid background and not environmental, JMHO but I'm not in the headshot world. Getting the kids personality to shine thru is key, and minimal to no makeup or post processing.. fix a zit/scratch, but leave any birthmarks. No skin smoothing - no liquify and no eye color altering.
I'd google the agency she intends to submit to to look for examples and guidance.
- Love the "toy on head" trick; I'm gonna do exactly that!
- Thanks for the advice on dress. I needed that.
- I got a link to the photog the agency uses frequently, although I'm not sure if that translates into them accepting everything on the headshot portion of her portfolio.
nathancarter wrote in post #18154990
Opinions vary widely.
Do you have any direction from an agency, or is this entirely from scratch?
Some say a headshot should be just a very close crop of the face - no shoulders, even. Some are fine with head, shoulders, and chest. I wouldn't go any more than about 1/3-length, though.
Make sure it's about the subject.
- I wouldn't put an animal in a general-purpose headshot, that's too distracting from the main subject.
- It can be a plain background or an environmental background - but make sure the environment doesn't distract from the subject. Not leaning on a tree or climbing on a tractor or whatever. You can have an environmental background that's behind the subject, well out of focus, and including no distracting elements or competing colors.
On dress, it's hard to say. Freshly pressed and clean and up-to-date. If a boy, if the kid has a suit and tie, or better yet a little tux, that would be really good. Otherwise, something that won't distract from the subject. (the tux might distract a little bit, but tuxes are cool)
On your other points. I generally don't photograph kids, but I'd like to assume that if the kid has the aptitude for acting, they'll be able to pay attention and be animated long enough to do a round of portraits to get a decent headshot. Don't drag it out for an hour, be prepared to nail what you need in the first 10 or 15 minutes.
- Re: Agent feedback: Here's what the mom picked from the 50 I took Sunday. Wouldn't have been my first pick but the agent's feedback was "more energy". Ergo my questions about the 2 shots I linked in the OP. The puppy was a winner.
Its fine and I could clean up the background but I'm glad I can re-do - it seems a bit dull. We're meeting again Saturday for a re-take. Can't wait to put a toy on my head while shooting.
- Re: Attention Span. Lets just say, I didn't find the trick to directing this kid or holding his attention. The first 15 minutes went well but after that it was all about climbing trees and making funny faces. I got the feeling acting would hold his attn more but posing for someone who doesn't know what's wanted, not so much.
The gist of what I got from the Steve Hurley links is that it needs to be relaxed, easy, and let the energy flow.