Headshot Tips: The Simplest Way to Get Amazing Actors Headshots

1. Wear to your shoot what you love to wear. If you choose to bring things you think look professional in or better than what you love to wear, you might not feel comfortable in the headshot. Bring clothes you love, as long as they have no logos or wild patterns like plaid. Layers are good because they add interest. Just stay away from all white.

2. Remember that no matter who you are, it takes a little time to get into the mood. You won’t get headshots until you’ve had time to get used to the photographer and you are hitting it off well. Take them lightly. If everything is a joke and you’re in a great mood, you’ll get a great headshot. As soon as you start losing the good mood, you will start getting worse shots. I like to believe that the more expensive the headshot photographer is, the better they will be at getting you in a great mood. So really, you want to hire someone you can really get along well with.

3. Have fun. It’s so important to have a good time. Think about happy and fun things if the photographer can’t get you there. As a headshot photographer, they should be able to direct you into the right mood, but if they have trouble, then it’s up to you because you want the good shots. Just be happy and confident and have fun!

4. Be completely comfortable. Don’t do anything at all that will make you uncomfortable, like fruit something new before the headshot session. If you wear new clothes or try new makeup and you’re worried about how it looks, it will show up in the images.

5. Play with the camera. Try to do different things and step out of the standard comfort zone of the basic smile you are so used to. We shoot digital these days, so we’re going to delete all the bad shots anyway! So try all different characters and moods and have fun. Feel comfortable in the fact that it’s okay to step out of your comfort zone, if that makes any sense.

Please let me know if you have any questions, but I sincerely believe that actors deserve great shots for a lower price. That’s why I’m willing to share these crucial tips. Remember that organic human interaction comes from likability, and only the likable people are successful. Now you know how important likability is if you want great and successful headshots. If you can’t get along well with your photographer or they make you feel uncomfortable, get out asap.

Why Are There No Eyes in This Actor’s Headshot?

I was searching a well know casting site today and came across a headshot of a guy that was taken outside. I noticed it in particular because it was a similar style of shot to one that I do for some of my clients that works really well. A shot that most of my clients really love.

When I looked at this shot one thing jumped out at me – THERE WERE NO EYES – what I mean is that the poor actor’s eyes could not be seen. They were simply large black holes in the face of the actor. (Great for a Zombie movie but useless for everything else.)

I have written many times on how important the eyes are in an actors headshot. They are critical to making your headshot stand out, they are the main focus of the photograph and contain all the emotional content.

Why hadn’t this photographer noticed that there was not enough light on the subjects face, why hadn’t they used some kind of reflector, was it they couldn’t be bothered or didn’t understand the concept of lighting.

Which leads me to another point. Maybe the photographer was part-time or cheap or a friend, either way they should have known that they weren’t doing justice to the subject or themselves. More on this in another article.

Back to the main point. Why didn’t the photographer do something about this, AND more importantly why didn’t the actor realise that his eyes couldn’t be seen and say something to his photographer AND just as important why would he use this headshot to promote himself?

Didn’t he realise that his eyes were the most important part of the shot? didn’t he understand that he was selling himself short in this ultra competitive market where you only have seconds to impress?

I also wondered if he knew about this stuff and if his photographer had ever mentioned or knew themselves how important the eyes are in an actors headshot?

I am saddened when I see this kind of poor photography, partly because it brings my profession into disrepute but mainly for the actor who has wasted their money and is unknowingly promoting himself with a headshot that is doing him no favors at all. He should be on the phone asking for his money back – not a reshoot in this case as the photographer clearly does not understand on of the most fundamental rules of photography.

Headshots Help People Land Work

In Boston headshots are needed for all kinds of different purposes. For actors and stage performers the use of a headshot in addition to their resume is a way to get their face in front of a casting director. Giving them a better position to be seen and given a screen test or reading, the headshot is an all important part of any entertainer’s portfolio. For models the use of their headshot is their calling card and when talent scouts are on the lookout for a certain face they turn to the professionally reproduced photographs to give them the information that they need to screen candidates that are applying for modeling jobs throughout Boston.

But it is not just models and actors who find that they have a need for a photographer to take their headshot. A number of people throughout the city seek out a portrait photographer to capture their essence in the Boston headshots of political officials and professionals in a variety of careers. For some people that are in the lime light the need to update their headshots once a year keeps them ready for whatever lies ahead. Being featured in news stories many people in the public eye are ready to present their headshots if they are asked to provide a photo to accompany an interview with the press.

Additionally doctors, lawyers, and real estate professionals are among the other people that have their own headshot on hand to provide a photo to the people that are publishing their works or keeping them in the public eye of the Boston citizenry. Whatever the use may be there is always a need to keep Boston headshots available for all manner of occasions.