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If it's time to update your Facebook profile or send a sexy pic to that special someone, get ready to snap several head shots of yourself. Choose a day when your hair looks ultra cute and your make-up looks picture perfect. If you're smiling for the world to see, you wanna look hot! There's no need to spend your hard-earned cash at a studio for a simple headshot. Crank up the tunes, play dress-up in your favorite outfits, grab a friend and fire up that camera. It's time to work it, baby!
Grab the camera and put in a fresh set of batteries, film or a digital media card. Have a friend assist with the camera button pushing -- since your gal pal will be there anyway to assist with any last minute beauty touch-ups.
Scout out a location in your home to take the headshot. Look for plain backgrounds without distractions. Think plain walls, lush greenery outside or even a solid-colored shower curtain. This is not the time to showcase your (possible lack of) housekeeping skills by taking pictures in your messy bedroom. Consider sitting on a chair, lying on plain-colored carpet or leaning against a tree outside.
Practice your posing, smiling, head tilts and expressions. Grab a handheld mirror and see what looks good. Ask your friend for advice. Depending on the primary use for the headshot, you may want to strike a pouty pose, flash a professional smile -- or erupt into laughter and show your wild side.
Ask your friend to look through the camera's viewfinder, or size up the headshot by looking on the back of a digital camera. Frame the headshot as a close-up picture. Zoom or walk close enough to your friend so head and shoulders fill the camera's viewfinder. Turn the camera both vertically and horizontally for a variety of views.
Press the shutter button lightly -- halfway down -- to activate the auto focus feature. Check the focusing points in the camera's viewfinder. Make sure they land on the face -- especially the eyes. You don't want a headshot that focuses on your neck, leaving your eyes blurry!
Move the pictures to the computer and fix 'em up. Download digital files, or have film processed and put onto a CD for computer use. Use photo editing software to crop, rotate or turn the headshot into black and white. Choose your favorite pose and share your headshot!
Take a variety of pictures, and choose your favorites later. Editing through images during the shoot can become frustrating, and the emotions will show in the photos.