What Is A Spotlight Headshot? Spotlight if you don’t already know, is the most prestigious and oldest casting organisation in the UK – if not the world.A spotlight headshot is an integral part of the directory. It used to be a series of huge heavy directories where actors, performers and drama students would advertise themselves. Casting directors and agents would scour those directories looking for suitable actors. When visiting the offices of an agent or casting director it was always one of the first things you would see – multiple large volumes broken down into alphabetical sections of actors. Nowadays […]Read more »
As the deadline for student headshots draws near and the pressure mounts on performing arts students across the country, they need to get their student headshots into Spotlight on time. Obviously the later they leave it, the busier good student headshot photographers tend to be. It’s worth bearing in mind one of the golden rules of time management – it’s the words of American President Benjamin Franklin that carry the most weight in this instance – ‘Fail to prepare, prepare to fail’. Student headshots are an incredibly important part of your marketing arsenal especially at the beginning of your career. […]Read more »
How long does it take for your headshot to make an impression? According to scientific research by Janine Willis and Alexander Todorov at Princeton University it takes just a tenth of a second for people to make judgements about you based on your facial appearance. Wow, that’s not a lot of time! Let’s explore in more detailRead more »
When it’s scribble and a bit of saliva and it wins a portrait photography award. As a portrait photographer in London I’m bemused, disappointed and dare I say it angry at the sight of this image winning the Olive Cotton ‘portrait photography award’.
Let me tell you why.
New technology is arriving all the time but could this work for head shot photos? Well that’s the big question, how could head shot photographers apply this change of perspective technology to the head shot photos they take?
And more importantly will those head shot photos look natural and believable?
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 […]Read more »
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 […]Read more »
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 […]Read more »
‘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 […]Read more »
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 […]Read more »