Usually when you think standard headshots, you think plain white background, basic smile and predictable pose. If you do things long enough you will quickly learn that not every rule is the rule and or things do change as time moves on. When originally taking shots, one or two lights is fine and you can grab the shots that you want, but now things are done with an understanding of the purpose of use and person behind the camera. Headshots have become more like a resume where there are numerous types, but they are now set to appeal to very specific job applications. Actors, models, corporate, etc. can all look wildly different both inside and outside of their respective fields depending on the person in front of the camera.
Saying standard is more of a buzzword. We all hate generalizations. This is no different. In this particular set of images, it shows a contrast to some of our others by taking a look at both the background and the catchlight in the eyes. This image uses the Hurley Method which has a triangle setup using 3 led panels. This may not be a standard visual when looking into the eyes, but one of the benefits of this setup is the lack of cameraman reflection. Usually when capturing you will stand, to some extent, in front of your subject and snap a picture. Depending on your light alignment, you will find your reflection in the pupil. The Hurley Method actually creates a window that blacks out the shooter in the middle.
So Not Standard?
No, not standard. There is no such thing anymore. You will find that each sets of photographers that lead the field in photography have various rules they adhere to. None of these rules are particularly the same, even down to the crop. What this means is that the end product should always reflect the person and the field it applies to.
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