Don't crop it!! So many times I will see an MUA crop an image from their portfolio so all you see is the model's head and face. This is not a good idea because the lighting, styling, and mood are completely lost.
Think about who you are attracting for jobs... Photographers, producers, art directors... Right? Not other Makeup Artists. Your makeup contribution is but one element of a great image. Do not cut the air out of a breathtaking shot. Do not be afraid of having a shot in your book that isn't entirely focused on makeup. A great image is effortless and uncomplicated.
Being an essential part of a kicking team shows more ability than a boring book of cropped headshots. Your goal should be to make the viewer pause and not flip through your work in 30 seconds. A portfolio full of cropped in headshots is boring. Photographers want to be inspired by your book and the projects you have been a part of.
The people who hire are looking for team players, show them you're the one they need. Don't cut yourself out of the game. Over cropping your images is an obvious amateur move. Research your favorite iconic MUAs, you will find full images in their portfolios, I guarantee it!
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