Finally I have the opportunity to sit and write the second installment to my series on picking out the Best Headshots. This entry is going to focus on Facebook and why it is not the best place to get opinions on which is the best photo to choose.
Facebook is amazing place to keep up with friends and social media, but it is not the best place to get opinions on which is the best headshots to choose. There are so many reasons why that I can not cover them all. One majors reason is people (generally speaking) are not honest on Facebook. They are not going to give you the brutally honest opinion that you need. Peer pressure is involved and people are very easily swayed to just agreeing on Facebook. Here is an example:
About a month ago, an actor who I know, but did not photograph, put 5 Headshots on Facebook asking everyone’s opinion. One of his Headshots had a dark line going down the middle of his nose and half of his face was so much darker then the other side of his face. This was the photographers fault for putting him in front of a red brick wall. Also the composition was way off and he looked like a deer in the headlights. Anyway, since I knew him I gave him my honest opinion and said exactly what was wrong in this photo. Thinking that after I pointed all of these issues out that he would see it and through the shot out. About 2 weeks later that Headshot I told him was awfully wrong, was now his official headshot he is now using. The reason being that 37 people said they loved the photo. Even after all the flaws were pointed out… he still went with what everyone else selected.
Who should be helping you select your Headshots, you ask? First, yourself. Then your manager, agent, acting professor you trust, people in the business not afraid to tell you if it is good or bad… Oh and your photographer. This is what they do for a living, ask them for their opinion… If they are good at what they do, they will help you.
Choosing your Headshot can be a very difficult thing to choose, but is you keep your circle of people you ask for help to a small amount, you will choose the best photo that markets the REAL YOU.
This is of course just my professional opinion and of course there is the argument out there on why it can be the best place. I personally so not like Facebook to get opinions on Headshots!
My next post will be about the importance of retouching, so check that out!