A couple of weeks ago I bought an audio book Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People by Vanessa Van Edwards. Ms. Van Edwards is a social scientist and the book’s purpose is to help create a manual for social hacks and teach how to effectively network and understand human behavior (in case you’re wondering why I was interested, I am actually an extremely introverted person when it comes to being in large group settings…).
Does that mean you should always choose a headshot with a genuine smile?
So guys, while I don’t market to my audience that I shoot headshots, I do take dance headshots as part of our photography sessions for individual dancers, as well as for dance companies and corporate clients (in other words, I do tons of headshots every year). Does everyone look great with a giant smile? Objectively, I have to say, of course not. Most of us don’t like ourselves with a big toothy grin. However, 8 out of 10 genuine smiles are given with teeth… just a little food for thought.
Shannon Harkins, Dancer Photo Rachel Neville
I’ve been telling my clients for years that you need to pick the right headshot for the job. Most people gravitate towards others who look like themselves. Your job is to research the companies you wish to audition for and find out what type of headshots those people gravitate towards.
But when it comes to a smiling headshot, it may be better to choose one with a genuine, happy expression and worry less about whether you like your mouth at that angle.