Tara Flannery is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) and Craftsman based in Houston, TX. Tara Flannery Photography specializes in corporate headshots and can help you lean in. See more headshots in the gallery. Contact me to book your professional headshot today!
For me, the action is critical both physically and metaphorically. In headshots, it’s so important to lean in physically toward the camera.
From a March article in Entrepreneur magazine, “Research has found that when you lean even a few inches forward, it activates a specific part of your brain that is action-oriented…Why? Leaning forward is often a precursor to action: If we want to touch something or see something better, for example, we lean toward it. So if you want to show someone you’re engaged, lean forward when they’re talking. This shows them, ‘I respect what you’re saying so much, I am ready to take action.'”
Headshots are a way of engaging with your viewer. When you meet someone, you lean toward them and reach out your hand for a handshake. This is what a headshot does as well. It’s an introduction. So, when you pose for a headshot, lean towards the camera.
From a metaphorical perspective, life is short. Lean toward the things that are most important to you and forget the rest. Follow what motivates and inspires you…and let the rest fall where it may.
I always have subjects lean towards me, even the slightest bit during a headshot. It may feel a little weird but it looks great and you look engaged rather than distant. Here are a few recent examples and yes, they all leaned in.
Tara Flannery is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) and Craftsman based in Houston, TX. Tara Flannery Photography specializes in corporate headshots. See more headshots in the gallery. Contact me to book your professional headshot today!