If you wear glasses often, then wear them in most of your shots. We can take a few without so you will have some of both.
When including jewelry in the look, wear something appropriate that’s not too large so it’s not distracting.
Try feeling an emotion or pretending you’re acting out a specific type of character. This will get you some interesting expressions that will catch the attention of the casting director.
Take a few test shots, then have the client view the images. Ask if they like how they look so far. If they don’t, ask them what specifically what they would like to change so you can make changes immediately.
Get to know where the sun is at various times of day in your location and where it would be best to shoot outdoors when the client gets there so no time will be wasted.
I want to see which side of your face is the most flattering. Keep your head straight and still and look at me. I will look at one side and then the other. I look at you from each side to get a sense of which angle works best. Then I can customize the lighting just for you.You want to get the best angle possible.
Ask to shoot from different angles to have a good variety. Turn your body different ways, just because this is your best side doesn't mean you can't turn your body the other way.Then you have something different. Now keep your face on the good side and turn your body different ways.Be creative with it because if you don't you won't learn anything.This might be out of your comfort zone but that’s ok. I like to do that with people even if it's not their natural personality or they’re uncomfortable with it
If the client wants to fold their arms, let them do that and then have them straighten the back so the jacket doesn’t get bunched up.
Ask the client if they have any specifications that need to be matched and to bring a sample on their phone, or you can pull it up on their company website or ours, to match it as close as possible.
Ask clients questions about the type of look they’re going for i.e., friendly, serious, etc.
Necklaces can work in a headshot if they are centered, not too long, and not too large so they become distracting.
Jewelry in Headshots:
When getting Headshots taken, it is ideal to keep the hereof do a. Minimum. The reason for this is because it can be distracting and can draw attention away from the eyes. For actors, the general rule is no jewlry whatsoever. For non Actor's, jewelry isn't as big of a problem if it's used sparingly in a way that supports the look instead of drawing away from it.
Earrings should be small and minimalistic, and definitely stay SY from hoops. The larger the earring the more distracting it will be and the shine will draw attention to itself. Another issue is that depending on the length of your hair, it will likely cover the ear completely so you won't even see the earring.
Make sure to never put your hair behind your ear in a headshot because it will draw too much attention! The ear just sticks out distractingly, so I decnintely recommend covering it.
In regards to necklaces, less is more but think about how it balances what you are wearing. Ideally, you wear a simple top and the necklace supports it. But if you are wearing a busier top, you may need a thicker necklace so it doesn't get lost and seem out of place.
The neckline of a shirt is very important and needs to compliment the necklace that is warn. What do I mean? Well, if you wear a shirt with a deep neckline and the necklace is very long, it can give you a stretched out feeling where the neck seems to long. Likewise, wearing a very short neckline and/or necklace can feel constricting like you're being cut off. A necklace that is too long can easily be shortened by pulling it back with a clothespin, but if it's too short, it's much more difficult to make it look good.
Necklaces can essentially create a neckline for someone, which gives a nice structure to clothing and makes the shot look more natural.
Ideally you wear a necklace that comes down about 3-4 inches from the base of the neck. More than that is too long, and less is too constricting. A shirt neckline should come down about 4-5 inches for women.
Another vital thing is to be sure that the necklace is centered properly in the shot. Sometimes this can be overlooked if you're not careful, especially because as you turn your body to the side, a centered necklace will no longer be centered in the shot and will need to be cheated over.
Know your goal for the headshots or your look. Find out if you have any specifications to match.
Prepare your looks a week beforehand. (Write down what you are going for. grow out facial hair, get a haircut, get beauty treatments done)
Eat well the week before and drink water. Don’t get a sunburn or injure your face!
Practice laughing for the most genuine smile! Feel the emotion.
Don’t drink alcohol 24 hours beforehand!
Pack clothing the night before. (That doesn’t break the headshot rules! Ask those who know you what colors you look best in. Well fitted. Iron your clothes or bring a steamer.)
Pack clothespins & a lint roller. (if the photographer doesn’t carry them so you can make sure your clothes fit well and look clean.)
(Prepare your glasses if you wear them.) Take lenses out of glasses, or bring anti-glare ones. Don’t bring transition lenses!
Write a song list or artist list the night before.
Plan to arrive early and bring contact info.
Get plenty of sleep the night before.
Eat breakfast so you’re not hungry!
If you need it, get a coffee on the way to the shoot. Drink it through a straw.
Come with an open mind and in a good mood!
Be truthful with your photographer if you don’t like the shots
Book enough time for yourself. Don’t be cheap!
Get enough sleep.
Don’t come hungry.
Don’t book a super long shoot because you’ll get tired.
Get confident in yourself. Realize no one is looking at you outside and all that matters is that you like your shots
Iron your clothes
Bring clothespins to your shoot for your clothes.
Ask friend and family what you look best in if you don’t book a stylist
Prepare your looks - facial hair, hair cut, beauty treatments
Take care of yourself… drink water, avoid getting a sun burn, be careful that you don’t injure your face. Minimal alcohol
Don’t do crazy hair styles
Don’t party 24 hours beforehand
Make a song playlist or write down songs/artists your like if shoot is indoors
Plan ahead to arrive on time
Pack clothing the night before
Eat healthy and drink water the week before
If you get any hair treatments or cuts, do it a week before
Write down directions and contact info of [photographer the night before and leave it in your clothing bag
7/28/2016 0 Comments
There are a couple of reasons I advise against getting your makeup done at a makeup counter before your headshot session.
One of the reasons for this is because, unless you know the person working that day, you do not know the artist's particular “style” or whether they are a novice or pro.The second reason, is because they might not know how the makeup will appear on camera. And if it’s too heavy or too light, you don’t have anyone to make the adjustments to correct that. Thirdly, once you get your makeup done, you have to worry about getting to your headshot session and if it’s hot out, or rainy, or you just have a while to travel, the makeup will not look the same as when you first got it done.
That’s why we offer the convenience of getting your makeup done on-site, here at City Headshots. You have a stylist for the duration of your shoot to make sure your hair, makeup, and clothes are looking good the entire time. All you have to worry about is your smile, and that in and of itself should make you smile!
Headshot photographers typically use either professional zooms or prime lenses, and that's what I want to discuss today in my blog post. This article is not meant for people looking to get a headshot taken, so if you are one of those, I'm sorry. This is for headshot photographers or people aspiring to be headshot photographers.
Are you an aspiring headshot photographer who wants to know a little bit more about professional lenses and what works best when shooting weddings? I want to discuss this here.
Headshot photography demands professional lenses, unless you are shooting outdoors in bright light. Using non professional lenses will wind up in your images coming out dark or not having great depth of field.
So the question becomes... What makes a lens professional?
A professional lens is either a prime lens or a fixed aperture zoom, and usually one with a f/2.8 speed. So what does this all mean? It means that if your lens doesn't open up very wide, it's not going to let in as much light and won't be as sharp when stopped down a bit.
All of these aspects lead to a lens being more professional and more useful. For instance, I own an 80-200mm f/2.8 Nikon high speed zoom lens. It is extremely useful for shooting headshots because it blurs the background significantly and gives great, sharp images.
However, if you are considering becoming a headshot photographer. I highly recommend buying a camera body and a single lens, the 70-200 f/2.8. Additionally, I recommend buying an external flash. This set of equipment will work wonders if you are a starting headshot photographer.
Good luck, and ask if you have any questions!
I always receive positive feedback from my headshots. People like them and I book work as an actor. I believe I've had my headshots for three years and they still work. I look the same so I'll update next year. Thank you
Soon as i got headshots from you in summer 2014, lots of doors began to open. My rate of being called in by major casting offices increased tremendously and i booked my first major episodic role a few months later. I love the shots we took and always recommend you when actors ask me where they should go for headshots.
HI I GOT AN AGENT. RICK GONZALES AKA GMT AGENCY . THANK YOU. HE SAID THE SHOTS ARE GOOD!
Here are some success stories of jobs booked and auditions granted since April 2015 by virtue of your photographic talents. So, in less than a year I have been able to be:
1) Cast as principal for AT&T industrial produced by Ridley Scott's The Mill based on headshot alone - paid $1500.
2) Featured in recreation shows "Mysteries at the Museum" (Travel Channel) and Shadow of Doubt (Discovery ID) airing 2016
3) Commercial bookings for DirectTV, United Airlines web series, Qantas Airlines, Wall Street Journal, Northwell Health produced by Anonymous Content, and several others
4) 4 Short Films - Principal in 2 both received festival debuts
5) Featured background in 2 Films - 1 starring Rachel Weisz & Michael Shannon; and the other starring Sir Derek Jacobi
6) Recurring background for HBO's "Vinyl"
7) 2 Off-Off Broadway plays
8) An photographic art piece by noted international artist Uri Aran
So, it was a good 1st year in the business thanks in great part to your headshot. I'd like to update it soon though. Decided to dye my hair black to snag some of those under 40 roles.
A series of examinations of headshots of famous people, and what makes the headshot successful. Includes interviews with established actors and agents, along with casting directors.
Reading these interviews and analyses will help you learn what makes a headshot good and how you can make your career as an actor more successful.
Lost acting jobs
Bad word of mouth
Why do you need a headshot and what makes one good?
Headshot is the marketing tool. Too many actors don't have one or use a non professional one.
Skin tones and eyes must pop
Lighting frontal not from above
Colorful or somber depending on goal of shot
Eyes in focus
No tilted angles
Extreme blurry background
No high angle shooting down
No wide angle expressive shots
No weird lighting from below or bad lighting from above
No over retouching
Darker background helps pop you off
No distracting clothes
It's about you not the clothing or angles
Darker colors are best
Certain things are dead giveaways of a non-professional:
No frontal lighting
Weird head angles
Confidence not present
Headshot is about you. Not photographer. Don't get trapped into a signature style of a photographer
Your personality does not jump out on camera, it must be carefully coached out of you
One of the basic premises of all marketing (a fancy word for selling) is the USP. This stands for Unique Selling Proposition. For instance Avis "Tries Harder," or Pepsi "Hits the Spot."
I like to promote an idea to actors, called the UCP or Unique Character Presentation.
Beat the casting directors to the punch - decide on your "type" yourself. Learn the basic types - and how they are sold - and then choose what fits you best.
Pay particular attention to that word "unique." It means that the product must be differentiated from other, similar, products.
Here are the types - and the components used to sell them - in hopes that this list will help you develop your own Unique Character Presentation. (I'll also give a few examples of actors who have used each type in building their career. Take particular note of how widely varied two actors in the same UCP can be):
THE INNOCENT - A person whose goal and core desire is happiness, who fears being punished for doing something wrong. This person's strategy is to do things the "right" way. This approach requires faith and optimism -- so THE INNOCENT is expected to reflect goodness, morality, simplicity, nostalgia -- the child.
Selling this image generally requires a romantic, traditional approach. Or in some cases, mystical, saintly or dreamy. (David Schwimmer, Meg Ryan)
REGULAR GUY (GAL) - This is person whose goal and core desire is belonging and connecting with others. The strategy is to have a "common touch," be a "down to earth" person with solid virtues. This type is known for his realism, empathy and lack of pretense. This is the "good ol' boy," the girl next door, the working stiff, the solid citizen, the good neighbor and the regular Joe.
Selling this image requires differentiating from elitist, powerful people and stressing the everyday functionality of this sort of person. (Ray Romano, Sandra Bullock)
THE EXPLORER - This sort of person wants to experience a better, more authentic, more fulfilling life. Conformity and the feeling of being trapped are what THE EXPLORER is avoiding. The strategy is seeking new things, escape from the everyday, autonomy, ambition and being true to one's inner life.
Selling an image like this is done with individuality, differentiation, 'new and exciting' are words to keep in mind. This is the seeker, the wanderer, the pilgrim. A Pioneering spirit. (Ellen DeGeneres, Johnny Depp)
THE SAGE - This is the type of person whose goal and desire are to use intelligence and analysis to find the truth and understand the world. Not wanting to be duped, misled or ignored, THE SAGE uses information, knowledge and self-reflection to reach the goal of the truth.
Selling the sage is mostly a matter of projecting expertise, philosophy, good planning, solidity, a professional image. The mentor, the teacher, the guru. (Leonard Nimoy, Oprah Winfrey)
THE HERO - A constant in the telling of stories, THE HERO is the person who believes to their core that where there's a will, there's a way. The goal and main desire is to prove one's worth through courage. The strategy here is strength and competence. From the superhero to the team player -- the warrior to the winner -- this person wants to improve the world with his mastery of fear.
Selling this image is somewhat complicated as several of the other types can cross over to this role. But, straightforwardness is a mainstay. Clear-eyed and capable. No reluctance to go into the unknown. This is someone we can depend on. (Sylvester Stallone, Linda Hamilton)
THE OUTLAW - This type wants to change what doesn't work for themselves, generally through revenge or revolution. This person is a misfit, a wild man (or woman) who rebels against the norm. The strategy here is to disrupt, destroy or shock.
Selling THE OUTLAW is mostly a matter of breaking with convention. Words to keep in mind are radical, outrageous, the "dark side." Social outcast. Reactionary. Rebellious. (Al Pacino, Kathy Bates)
THE MAGICIAN - This person's goal is to make dreams come true through a fundamental laws of how the universe works. The main strategy is to develop a vision and live by it. Always looking for the "win-win" situation. Appearing as the visionary, the inventor, shaman, medicine man, or charismatic.
Selling this image is projecting a transformative nature. Specialness, spirituality, and ability to effect the outcome. This can be a "new age" approach. (Lucy Liu, Jon Voight)
THE LOVER - People of this type have a goal of relationships through intimacy and experience. The strategy of THE LOVER is to be passionate, grateful, appreciative and committed -- to become more emotionally or physically attractive. This person can be a spouse, a friend, a partner or a team builder.
Selling this image is a matter of being outer directed and able to please others. A comfortable "belonging" -- differentiates THE LOVER from other types. (Aaron Eckhart, Drew Barrymore)
THE JESTER - With a goal of having a good time and "kidding" the world, THE JESTER plays, makes jokes, can be the trickster. Never wants to be boring or to be bored. A strategy of puncturing self importance, creating fun and live in the moment is what differentiates this person from the "herd."
Selling this image requires a welcoming, trustworthy, friendly approach. Truthful, open to change, easy to know are ideas that important to being this person. (Adam Sandler, Queen Latifah)
THE RULER - The goal of 'the boss' is to create a prosperous family, community or team. Success is a result of this person's core desire to control the situation. The strategy is to exercise power, leadership, responsibility and authority to achieve a greater end.
Selling this image is all in the areas of confidence, stability and trust. Differentiate from "regular" people. (Judi Dench, Alan Alda)
THE CAREGIVER - This type cares and protects other selflessly. The strategy of THE CAREGIVER is doing things for others with compassion and generosity. The parent, helper and supporter are people that fall into this category.
Selling this image is about family, team, health, education -- helping. Differentiate from selfish people. (Frances McDormand, Keanu Reeves)
THE CREATOR - This is a person who wants to give form to a vision and to create enduing value. The strategy here is to develop artistic control, culture, skills and to express her own vision using creativity and imagination.
Selling this image requires innovation, self expression, and artistry. Differentiate from unimaginative, banal and usual. (Steve Martin, Bette Midler)
As you can see, there are many types and even more strategies for projecting the image that sells. Add to that, the ability of some actors to combine some types and you have, literally, thousands of choices.
For instance, Harrison Ford is the regular guy hero, Robin Williams is the jester creator, Julia Roberts is the innocent explorer, and Sarah Jessica Parker is the lover caregiver.
In fact one of the transitions every actor makes in a career is the expansion of their basic type - to include elements of other types - which, in turn, extends their staying power.
So the question is not "What type are you" as much as it is, "What's your Unique Character Presentation?"
Now all you have to do is look at yourself in an objective way and align your marketing efforts with your natural tendencies.
How can you become a headshot photographer and make $600 a day for only a few hours of work? Great question. The key to becoming a headshot photographer is to get great at your craft first. Learn all the technical aspects of headshot photography before you start charging people. Then, start by only charging $50 for a session.
After that, your clients will start recommending their friends and our business will grow! Just be sure I make a website and a business card and you'll be set.
If you are more interested in how to really become a professional headshot photographer, order a copy of my book. It will explain all the details clearly and simply