Its been another busy week at the studio for acting headshots, there has been a brilliant mix of actors who are all at different stages of their careers, for some, they are at the very start and this is their first set of acting headshots and for others, they have been acting for years and so they are very used to getting professional actor headshots taken.
As a headshot photographer, it is my job to guide every actor though the whole process of getting their headshots from initially meeting them all the way through to the delivery of their chosen headshots for them to use for castings and auditions. It is a process that I love doing with every actor no matter their experience as each acting headshot session is unique to the client and what they want to achieve from the shoot.
Ryan Hulbert cam to the studio for his first set of acting headshots as he is looking to move into acting after a period away traveling around the world. As he had never had any headshots taken in the past we started by having a chat about him and the type of roles that he sees himself going for, from here we started to talk about different backdrops, lighting setups and clothing options that could all work well together to really emphasise different characters and roles.
Right before we started shooting I talked Ryan through posing for camera and the effect that posture and positioning of arms, shoulders and head can make to the final shot. It can be strange at the start of the shoot for an actor if they have never done any sort of posing in front of a camera before, but your headshot photographer will be able to show you what looks best on camera and the reason why certain poses look much better than others! While it is strange to start with, they longer the headshot session goes on the easier it will get!
I believe in giving you a large variety of looks when you have a headshot session with me. My goal is to give you a selection of shots that show your range as an actor and most importantly get you seen! Take a look at some more of my work with lots of other actors!
Anthea Merton is right at the beginning of her career in acting and wanted to get acting headshots for both main roles and also some shots that can be used on casting websites for extras. While traditional actor headshots are images of your head and shoulders, for extra castings you generally need to have full length shots so that you can show your body type as well as your face.
We started the session by going over where Anthea was in her acting career and the type of work that she was looking to get, from here we decided to shoot the traditional form of actor headshots first and then finish the session by shooting the full length shots on a white infinity curve background.
When shooting full length acting shots for extra work I usually shoot on a plain backdrop as it means that a casting director can very quickly and easily see an actors body type. Anthea was great at taking direction when it came to posing for full length shots as it can be quite different from posing for traditional acting headshots as more of your body is in the frame and so you have to be aware of much more in terms of positioning and stance.
I'll make sure that you'll always be able to have a relaxed, fun time in your Headshot Session, you'll never be rushed and I take time to get to know you as an person and what you want from the session!
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Charlie Watts has been acting for the last 15 years and so is experienced when it comes to getting his acting headshots taken by professional headshot photographers. We had a chat at the start of the session and he had a clear idea about the type of roles that he likes to go for and what he wanted from the headshot session.
We chose specific backdrops and lighting setups that would help give the impression of a variety of characters and started shooting. Charlie found it very easy to get comfortable right away and as a result was able to really showcase his range as an actor and get a great range of headshots!
By using different backdrops, along with changing lighting setups & clothing, we can really start to either give a sense of character or really put the focus on the actor. For example, by shooting outdoors with a background that has lots of green from trees/plants behind the actor can, when combined with the right clothing, give a more casual feel to the shot that works well for characters who are more friendly/thoughtful/vulnerable; however if we change the backdrop to a grey wall and used a more direct lighting setup with a lot more contrast then suddenly their character can look more dramatic/arrogant/intimidating.
As with all of these things it is always best to have an idea of the type of acting headshots that you want to achieve from your headshots session and to chat to your headshot photographer about any ideas for castings that you have. I truly believe that you get the best headshots possible when both actor and photographer work in partnership together!
Testimonials are a great way of seeing what a session will be like as you can read about my previous clients experiences!
I'm a London Actor Headshot Photographer. Having studied film at university, I moved into a career in photography and which has taken me from film sets and live events to product launches for some of the biggest brands in the world. Now a dedicated Headshot Photographer, I believe each session should be fun and enjoyable, working closely alongside each client, helping to find the shots they deserve to take them to the next level.
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For me, the thought of posing for headshots was one of dread as I hate smiling for cameras but David made it such a relaxed, easy, friendly and enjoyable experience that resulted in some great shots. I highly recommend him!Victoria Whittaker