What You Get After Your Acting Headshots Photoshoot
After your session, within 5-7 days, I will upload unretouched proofs of your acting headshots to an online photo gallery. The number of headshot proofs varies from photoshoot to photoshoot, but you can expect 50-75 acting headshots from your session. You can select and save your favourite photos from your session.
Select Your BEst THREE Headshots
From your acting headshot proofs, select three (3) images that best represent you and your types. Consult with your agent if you are having trouble picking your favourites from all your headshots. Time permitting, I will recommend my top three picks from your photoshoot.
After you make your selections, I colour correct and retouch your selected headshots to remove any blemishes, flyaway hairs, etc. Donb't worry, I won't remove identifiable marks, such as moles, birthmarks, smooth skin, or dramatically reduce wrinkles in a way that alter your appearance. Casting directors don't want to be catfished! Show up, look like yourself, and land the callback!
Your headshot session includes a license to use each image in perpetuity for self-promotion and publicity purposes, as outlined in the terms of our agreement.
How to Prep for Your Acting Headshots
The two most important things you can bring to your headshot session are a positive attitude and energy. Prepare for your headshots the same way you would for an acting audition. Leave your worries and woes at the door and think about having a fun, positive experience, because that’s what we're going to try to achieve.
Everything else is technical. That stuff is important, though, so let’s address that now.
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Bring at least six complete outfits including different pairs of pants and shoes.
Bring a variety of tops to change into throughout the photoshoot: casual shirt or T-shirt, solid colour business-appropriate shirt, plain white dress shirt, classy evening top, etc.
AVOID logos or patterns, but match your look (eg. if punk rock, bring clothes to suit)
We love to play music during our headshot sessions and you are more than welcome to suggest anything that gets you going. We subscribe to Spotify and have a number of playlists we love and are open to listening to anything you want. Just let us know what you want to hear when you get here.
Prepare for Your Acting Headshot Session the Same Way You Would Prepare for an Audition or Callback
When it comes to acting, what separates the professionals from amateurs is preparation, in auditions, callbacks, on screen, and onstage. So, when it comes to your acting headshot, preparation separates a good image from a great image.
1. Define Your Characters. Know your roles — not only the types you get cast in, but the types you want to play. Do your research. Define your characters. Solidify their ideologies. When you get in front of the camera, play your roles. Chose a variety of characters, so you have some variety to chose from in your headshots.
2. Make a Connection. You can say more with a single expression than you can with a whole page of dialogue. Internalize. Look at the gallery art for movies. Can you tell what the character is thinking? Can you tell what kind of person they are? Confident? Strong? Vindictive? A survivor? If you've defined your types, this part should be easy.
3. Act. Most people think a headshot session is just posing for the camera. It's not. You're an actor. I'm going to ask you to act. To play roles. Take on personas. I'll be the director of your one-person show while you're with me. I'll coach you through the shots. You're going to look great, but more importantly, you're going to look the part.