Effective Actors Headshots At Any Age?

Effective Actors Headshots At Any Age?

One of the greatest things about the acting profession is that it requires talent of all ages and effective actors headshots.You can start your acting career at any time of life, I photograph many people who have had a mid-life changes in career caused by redundancy or the dreaded restructuring. These older actors see this as an opportunity to follow their dream – all power to them! An important fact that doesn’t change though, regardless of age or where you are in the business is the need for an effective actors headshot. The road to success – whatever your definition […]

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Portrait Photography and Creativity

Is portrait photography becoming more of a technical pursuit than a creative one? The new Sony A9 camera shoots 20 frames per second and can go to a 5 five second burst, that means it can take one hundred high quality Raw images in five seconds – wow! The question I have is this – could portrait photography, using this kind of technology ever miss the perfect shot? There have been so many excellent photographs taken over the years that have captured ‘a split second’ in time. Robert Capa’s defining photograph of the soldier falling as he is shot dead […]

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Professional Photographer Talks Fashion Photography Composition

As a professional photographer in London I’m asked on a regular basis for tips and inside techniques for getting the best photograph. Obviously I tell people it takes time and training but… there are some guidelines you can follow. So in a new series I’m going to be posting regular videos about, composition, lighting and techniques to improve your photographs. These are easy to implement and understand though probably wouldn’t occur to you without being pointed in the right direction first. Fashion photography is often seen as the high point in photography with only the very best professional photographer shooting […]

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Shakespeare’s Advice For A Great Headshot

‘A walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets this hour upon the stage and is then heard no more’ – Macbeth …In other words: show your personality. There are three crucial elements to a great headshot: emotion, connectivity and personality. Without these three key components working in harmony, the headshot is just a headshot and won’t grab the attention of the viewer. In it’s most basic function – getting you noticed – it will have failed. Therefore a great headshot needs to show bags of personality – your personality will give it individuality. Remember there are thousands of […]

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Headshot Photography and The First Lady’s Official Portrait

Ok, so this is not headshot photography but it’s not far short of it. It’s a portrait that is used to promote someone’s image and in this case I’m talking about the Melania Trump’s first official photo as First Lady. What can I say about it that is positive? Not much really, especially when you think it was taken by a professional photographer for a specific purpose – to introduce the First Lady to the world. It’s obviously huge kudos for that photographer taking this portrait but overall, it isn’t a great photo! So why is there so much wrong […]

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William Shakespeare’s Tips For Choosing A Headshot Photographer

Shakespeare’s Tips For Choosing A Headshot Photographer ‘A walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets this hour upon the stage and is then heard no more’ – Macbeth…..                   …..In other words show your personality. A great headshot needs to show bags of personality – your personality. Remember there are thousands of actors out there and there’ll probably be quite a few with a similar look to you. You need to make sure your headshot stands out from the crowd and when a casting director looks at it we want them to think ‘yes’ this is exactly who […]

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William Shakespeare’s Tip For Perfect Actors Headshots

Shakespeare’s First Top Tip For Perfect Actors Headshots   ‘This above all else: to thine own self be true’ – Hamlet….. …..in other words look like your actors headshot.   This is perhaps one of the most crucial aspects of perfect actors headshots, they have to be a true representation of you. There is no point in sending out a headshot that no longer looks like you. For instance; if your hair was blonde and long but is now black and short – it’s not you as you are now. Equally so for the guys, if for some strange reason […]

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More About Cheap Headshots

Cheap Headshots Since my last post last week on cheap headshots I’ve had lots of messages and comments backing up my thoughts. The crux of the matter is this – there’s so many amateur and part-time headshot photographers out there that it can be a minefield finding the right headshot photographer for you. You may think that you’re saving money by using a photographer offering cheap headshots – but are you? I think not! You may only get one chance to impress the Casting Director, a cheap headshot let’s rephrase that – exchange cheap for poor or substandard – isn’t going […]

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The Headshot Bible

The Headshot Bible? The Headshot Bible is, in a few simple words, the most comprehensive guide to achieving the perfect headshot imaginable! This book is filled with fantastic insider tips and little known techniques to improve your headshot. It’s aimed primarily at actors and performers but, and this is a big but it applies to everyone who uses a headshot – whether you work in the corporate world, an entrepreneur or you just want people to know who you are! Your headshot is crucial! In today’s visually aware world, image is everything – well almost! It’s often the first contact […]

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Cheap Headshots Are They Worth It?

I gave a workshop recently where I heard an actor say they were going to get some cheap headshots done. As you can imagine I was surprised to say the least! I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, ‘you get what you pay for’ on a regular basis right? Well when it comes to actors headshots,things are no different. In reality there’s dozens and dozens of headshot photographers in London where I’m based -no doubt the same can be said of most major cities round the world. But, all headshot photographers are not the same. They all offer a range of […]

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