Top 10 Headshot Poses To Avoid

Think it’s your publicist’s fault that no one is calling your company? Perhaps you’re blaming that poor sales guy in cubicle 16? Or wait, maybe your VP of engineering isn’t building the right product?

Or…perhaps…much like the name of your company can repel even the most loyal customer…you’ve managed to alienate your prospects with one simple thing:

Your headshot.

Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur, a mid level manager, or sitting squarely in the C-suite, your headshot can say a lot about you, your business, and more importantly your understanding of the world in which you operate.

It’s STILL all about context people.

In no particular order – and without further adieu – I bring you the Top 10 types of headshots to avoid in a professional (and possibly even a personal!) setting.

I encourage you to study these poses closely. If you have clients, feel free to use this as a reference for future headshot photo shoots.

#1 The Doosh

What you think this pose says about you: I’m super laid back and uber cool.

What this pose really says about you: I mean what? You don’t understand how hot and smart I am? Or how much money I make? C’MON!

Cynic#2 The Cynic
What you think this pose says about you: I am VERY sophisticated and obviously extremely credible.

What this pose really says about you: Seriously dahhhhling, do you honestly think I give a shit about anything you’re saying?

#3 The Come Hither

What you think this pose says about you: I’m very open to listening and genuinely interested in what you have to say.

What this pose really says about you: I know I’m pretty.

Arrogancia#4 The Arrogancia
What you think this pose says about you: I am extremely confident and can likely handle anyone or anything you send my way.

What this pose really says about you: I have an ego the size of Texas and possibly really really really small…hands.

#5 The Thinker
What you think this pose says about you: I am extremely curious about life and am deeply moved by thoughts and ideas.

What this pose really says about you: I probably talk too much and am extremely annoying in social situations.

#6 The Kissy-Face
What you think this pose says about you: I’m fun and I’m like a total people person and nothing bothers me.

What this pose really says about you: I’m self-absorbed and kinda dumb.

DISCLAIMER: This type of photo is fine for oh say, Facebook or something…but we are talking professional photos here.

#7 The Too-Coo-For-Schoo
What you think this pose says about you: I’m too cool for school.

What this pose really says about you: I’m definitely not.

#8 The Drama Queen
What you think this pose says about you: I am to be taken seriously, as a person, as a business arteeeest…because this life, this amazing life, is just too short for trivial pursuits.

What this pose really says about you: I take myself way too seriously and as such I am a colossal pain in the ass.

#9 The Do-I-Even-Need-To-Say-It
(mobster, sunglasses, cigar, someone put me out of my misery)

What you think this pose says about you: Ladieeezzzzz.

What this pose really says about you: Run very very fast.

 

#10 YOU FILL IN THE HEADSHOT BLANK.

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