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Glasses in headshot and portrait photography

Updated: Sep 16, 2020

I've worn glasses since middle school. Contacts have never agreed with my eyes, so I've embraced my glasses. Honestly, I feel strange without them and I always wear them in photos. Besides, big frames have become a signature look over the years!


So let's talk about capturing YOUR signature look -- spectacles included.


A great headshot captures and celebrates every unique part of you, including your glasses. I've learned some spectacle tips and tricks over the years of specializing in portrait photography. Here are a few things that might help make your photos with glasses look amazing.


Variety: If you have more than one pair of glasses, I recommend bringing them. The variety will give us more options during your shoot, depending on the color and shape of the frames.


Patience: Glare can be an issue with glasses, so it may take a bit more time to arrange the lights to be sure the glare is cut down to a minimum. If fixing glare is not possible with light placement, I can fix glare in Photoshop. If that looks like the best way to handle glare, I may ask my client to take a couple of shots without their glasses, so that I can have those images to sample from.


Transitional Lenses: Please avoid transition lenses during outdoor photo-shoots. Usually, the only option is to take the lenses out of the frames, or shoot without them.


Fit and Clean: A good fit is important for your glasses to look great in photos. If your glasses are leaning toward one side of your face, consider going to your optimist's office to get them fitted. Be sure to clean your glasses before your session. Smudges will show in the photos and are difficult to take out in post processing.


So if you embrace your glasses-wearing, there's no need to take them off for a headshot or portrait. It's just a matter of knowing how to shoot them.

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