As a headshot photographer I need to pay as much attention to the wardrobe as I do to hair/makeup. That way I don’t need to tweak clothes later. So that’s probably one of the reasons I try to get the shots as close to perfect in-camera.
The other day I was shooting headshots for Sophia. She had a bunch of great outfit choices. Since I usually shoot tethered during my sessions I like to see what the tops look like on camera before we make a decision on using it or not. One of the big things I’m always looking at is the neckline and how it looks in the shot. Mainly because I shoot headshots fairly tight and I don’t want anything distracting from the actors face.
This is the first shot on the pink top and I can already see the neckline is a bit wide. Since the eye usually goes to the brightest part of an image, I want that to be the face and eyes.
I liked the top and felt we could still use it. That’s where we brought in some clamps and clothespins. And instead of just using one or two clamps to bring it in, I also wanted to make sure there would be no wrinkles to give me retouching work later.
After all the clamping is done we get a better neckline.
Now that I’m happy with the way that looks I can minimize it even more by angling Sophia a bit in one direction. Plus it helps the viewers eyes flow through the shot a little better.
And that’s how I save myself time in retouching clothes. Paying attention to your clients hair and makeup is important, but don’t forget the wardrobe as well. Getting rid of distracting elements in the image really helps your subject stand out.