What is a good headshot?
Modern casting professionals are looking for people who look less like movie stars or models and more like regular people who happen to be great actors. This trend is very well noticed in the commercial world, where more and more you will find breakdowns that say “NEED REAL LOOKING PEOPLE”. That means you best have a headshot that matches that description. However, it doesn’t mean that if you take your headshot with your iPhone it will make you look more “real”. The NOW headshot is a combination of casual natural light, truth in advertising, and PERSONALITY. Casting directors want to see EXACTLY what they are going to get when you walk in the room. Any variation, even the slightest, will hurt your chances of getting the part before you even open your mouth. The headshot's job is to be bring what is unique about you to the forefront. It is then your job to bring those goods to the audition.
Do I need make up? (women)
Every photographer that respects his/her art knows that hair and make up is vital for a good shoot. It's not only the way it makes you look, but even more the way it makes you feel. When your face becomes the canvas of a make up artist, and you look in the mirror, you get inspired by your own beauty. Insecurities go out of the window, and your inner self shines through. That feeling will make sure you will look as good as you feel. Trust that. I see it happen every time. Don’t cut your hair the day of the shoot, and make sure you go to someone you trust and already know their skills. Don’t try out a new hair stylist that same day. Don’t change your hair color without consulting with your agent/manager first. A new hair style or color is a strategic change in your marketing plan, and should be made with them.
Do I need make up? (men)
Gentlemen, naturally this is less of an issue for you, because you don't use it daily, but your headshot day isn't every day. Every professional actors wears make up on camera. Skin can be an issue for both sexes, and shine is actually often more of an issue for men. By making sure that a professional handles your make up, no one will see that you are wearing it. Don’t put too much product in your hair. The “wet” look is not a very modern one. Facial hair: It could be a good idea to bring a razor or trimmer and shave or restyle between ‘looks’. Don’t overthink this. Clean shave / six o’clock shadow is usually the right choice. If you have a full beard, and this is how your agent markets you, ask him before taking shots with a clean shaven look, as it would be a different marketing plan for you.
What should I wear?
Bring as many wardrobe options as you can. When I say AS MANY as you can, I mean it. This will help us find the right look for the right shot. Having more options serves you for a good shoot. The most important thing is that you feel powerful/confident/sexy in the garment. If you don't like it, don't wear it. Clothes make you feel a certain way. Think about how that garment affects you. If it helps you be in a certain type you are shooting for - that's a good choice. Make sure the item is fitted to your size. Camera really picks it up if it's too big or too small. Sometimes that shirt you think is “too casual” is perfect for what you’re trying to achieve, and you don’t realize it. I can't tell you how many times we go back to what the client walked in with - because it's THEM, not them trying to be someone else. Only upper body attire is relevant. Glasses are better without lenses. Ties should be tied nice and neat. As a general note, black or pure white are not great colors for photos, but if you are crazy about that shirt/jacket, bring it anyway.
How do I recieve the photos? Do I take them home same day?
I shoot with a Canon Digital SLR camera in RAW format, which means uncompressed digital files (20mb each), which is better for retouching and printing. The quickest and most reliable way to get the ORIGINAL shots is to bring your laptop computer OR a jump drive with 8GB of free space. You will be able to retouch any photo with me or anywhere else, and get hardcopies. If you have an agent or manager that you need to send a digital contact sheet to, you will also recieve an online gallery that you can forward to them.
What about printed headshots?
I don’t provide hard copies, but would be happy to refer you to professional printing service. Keep in mind that in ALL commercial auditions today, a hadcopy is not required. You or your rep can submit to commercial auditions using the digital files you have, and you won't need to bring a hard copy with you. For theatrcial auditions you will still need hard copies but that will also change no doubt. It's a digital world.
How do I schedule a photo shoot?
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