Forums > Critique > Which Head Shot?

Model

Marlo Vernon

Posts: 5

Denver, Colorado, US

Everybody has a different opinion as to which head shot I should go with, the one I have as my avatar or the first one in my portfolio:  http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/2854659/viewall

Sorry, I tried to copy the photos here, but couldn't figure out how.

Thanks!

Jan 10 13 01:45 pm Link

Photographer

Creative Image

Posts: 1327

Avon, Connecticut, US

Portfolio. Better lighting, better head angle.

Jan 10 13 01:55 pm Link

Model

Adrianna Camille

Posts: 86

Lexington, Kentucky, US

Both are good but I like the one in your portfolio a bit better:D

Jan 10 13 02:00 pm Link

Photographer

SKITA Studios

Posts: 1566

Boston, Massachusetts, US

first in port.

Tight crop of this would be good too:
  http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121123/10/50afc4ff74a34_m.jpg

Jan 10 13 02:24 pm Link

Model

Marlo Vernon

Posts: 5

Denver, Colorado, US

Thanks, everybody!  Skita, that's a great idea.  I might play around with it to see how that looks.

Jan 10 13 05:45 pm Link

Photographer

WCR3

Posts: 1072

Houston, Texas, US

I like the one in the portfolio slightly better, but there's something you need to understand about how llama Mayhem displays photos: They give you X amount of pixels wide for your image. So if you've got a vertical image (portrait mode) you will have a larger image on the screen than if you have a horizontal (landscape) image. Because your avatar is pretty small anyway, I'd suggest you use the avatar you have (portrait mode) because it's quite good, instead of the one in your portfolio, which may be better but will be too small to see the details well.

Jan 10 13 09:15 pm Link

Model

Marlo Vernon

Posts: 5

Denver, Colorado, US

Thanks, WCR3.  I was thinking that if I wanted to change my avatar, I would need to crop it to fit.  Luckily, I have the full-sized version of the image, so I can play around with it.  Mostly, I was looking for which one to use in my actual, physical portfolio that I take to go-sees and auditions.

Jan 11 13 06:09 am Link

Photographer

Aaron Lewis Photography

Posts: 5083

Catskill, New York, US

I'm confused. Are we talking about the current avatar and the current first image in the port?

I think the current avatar is a lot nicer than the first image in your port. That image in your port is over exposed, very flat front lighting and doesn't show you off. You're facing straight on which is a no no in most cases, especially a head shot.

Your eyes and head position on the current avatar are better than good, lighting is good. I like it. A perfect head shot, no but better than the other one, definitly

Jan 11 13 06:22 am Link

Photographer

J Gagnon

Posts: 806

Manchester, New Hampshire, US

As a headshot.. serving the purpose of an actual headshot and not just a pretty photo... Your current avatar is better than the other shot in your portfolio hands down. Neither are the greatest of headshots however. If I were you I would scope out a photographer specializing in headshots and have some new shots done that you can bring to go sees, etc.

Josh

Jan 11 13 06:30 am Link

Photographer

J Gagnon

Posts: 806

Manchester, New Hampshire, US

Just realized that you are with an agency. This question needs to be directed their way. Agencies will usually choose your photos.

Jan 11 13 06:32 am Link

Model

Marlo Vernon

Posts: 5

Denver, Colorado, US

Thanks Aaron Lewis and J Gagnon.  Interesting that there are so many opinions.  And you're right - my agent does choose the headshot for the portfolio online and for the comp cards.  But that leads to an interesting question.  Should my physical portfolio match my online portfolio exactly?

Jan 11 13 11:32 am Link

Model

Daniel Pierce

Posts: 629

Burbank, California, US

What J said, but it's good for you to have a good sense of what works. Every artist is their own CEO, and you could possibly no better than them.

Both head shots look great as far you look, but this one:

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130110/13/50ef2f850ed38_m.jpg

has the slightly better expression. It punctuates a sense of kindness that goes well with your look.

So if you can match that with the kind of head shot you have now, since you really don't want to have anything distracting in photograph like the leaves in your commercial shot, you will have a solid start.


Also, to put the image in the forum, is simple once you see what to do. Under your photo in your port their is a set of links, click on the one that say, 'MM Forum Code" copy and paste that link into the forum and you're set.

Hope all this can help.

Jan 11 13 11:52 am Link

Photographer

Aaron Lewis Photography

Posts: 5083

Catskill, New York, US

Marlo Vernon wrote:
Thanks Aaron Lewis and J Gagnon.  Interesting that there are so many opinions.  And you're right - my agent does choose the headshot for the portfolio online and for the comp cards.  But that leads to an interesting question.  Should my physical portfolio match my online portfolio exactly?

As long as there are no agency guidelines or rules about that I don't see why it needs to. The same way a photographer or even a model, will have different books for different types of clients.

I'm not going to show a fashion magazine my book of landscapes the same way I'm not going to show a real estate agent my book of models.

Jan 11 13 02:10 pm Link

Model

Marlo Vernon

Posts: 5

Denver, Colorado, US

Great advice, Daniel.  And thanks for telling me how to paste a picture in here, too!

Jan 11 13 03:22 pm Link