My job really is all about coaching! I recently updated my headshots and thought it might be a good time to share some of the posing tips I share with all of my clients!

In the interest of complete transparency, the photographs you’re about to see are unedited – they are exactly the same as what you’d see on my computer screen as we progress through our shoot. My photo sessions are shot tethered to a large monitor allowing you to view your portraits and headshots in live time as they are taken.

So…let’s get on with it!

In all of my years as a photographer, I’ve met one person who liked having their photo taken. Yep, JUST ONE! (And it wasn’t me!) I still need to go through the process I take my clients through – but I can tell you that it gets easier and it is actually a whole lot of fun!
We all have a natural tendency to lift our head when a camera is pointed our way. Stop it! I know you think it’s going to help your chins….but it doesn’t. Lifting your head actually reduces your jawline and exposes all of the lighter skin of your neck. Our eyes are drawn to the lightest part of a photograph first and generally, this isn’t an area we want to give that amount of attention to.
The first step is to get that chin down. I know what you’re thinking….”Man, she’s just made it worse!”
Stay with me here!
The next step is to get that chin out! Imagine there’s a piece of string attached to your nose and I’m pulling it towards the camera. See what it’s done to my chins? They are practically gone and no longer the brightest part of my face. #AlmostWinning – if it wasn’t for the “Deer in the Headlight” eyes. So let’s fix that!
Ever heard of “The Squinch”? It’s a Headshot Crew thing and I love it! The Squinch is the difference between you messing with the camera and the camera messing with you. I want all of my clients to appear confident, connected and approachable in their online presence and the eyes are a huge part of that look.
A Squinch alone isn’t enough though, and confidence can be misconstrued as arrogance, aggression or even resting bitch-face (and no-one wants that….well, usually! bahahaha).
A simple raising of the corners of your mouth in the direction of your earlobes fixes any resting facial issues.
Now bring it all together and relax.
AND….100% YOU!

So, if you’re stuck in double chinsville like this tog – the next time someone points a camera your way, remember….Chin out and down!

Hi there. I’m Amanda Waschevski.


I help Creative Small Business Owners, Actors and Dancers be themselves in front a camera. Are you ready to put your best face forward?