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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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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When Is A Headshot Photographer Not A Headshot Photographer?

When they can’t give you want you need – a great headshot! I can’t tell you how many times over the years I’ve had actors book a session with me, and tell me they’ve had headshots done before but they’re unhappy with them! The headshot photographer hadn’t captured their personality, or the photos had no sparkle or connection with the viewer.  I’ve had people come to see me after using photographs taken by the local High Street photographer. Sure they were very nice ‘portraits’ of a certain style, sometimes soft focus, often looking back over the shoulder away from the […]

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50 Tips For A Perfect Headshot Ebook

Updated:21.03.2017 An exciting new development in the world of actors headshots. I next week I’m launching my new ebook ’50 Tips For A Perfect Headshot’. If you look at the top of the page at the navigation menu bar on the far right you’ll see a page title ‘ebook’. It’s going to be out very shortly and as the title states, it contains 50 tips that are there to help you improve your headshot, to help you get better headshot, and hopefully get the perfect headshot. So what is the perfect headshot? Well it’s headshot that shows you looking like […]

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Headshot Photography News?

I like to stay up on the current trends in headshots and of course headshot photography news as it comes ‘hot off the press’ as they say. Occasionally I come across some advice that really bucks the trend and in some cases is rubbish. Regular readers will know I like to give useful advice to help actors improve their chances of getting a great headshot, you’ll also know I often warn people to be wary of ‘amateur photographers’. There isn’t a professional governing body that regulates photographers, you don’t have to have any qualifications to call yourself a professional photographer […]

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Headshots For Actors & Casting Directors

Photographing headshots for actors is about giving the actor, the very best chance of being noticed by the influencers in their industry. Headshot for actors should be current with the prevailing style; they should capture the actors’ personality and display emotion. These two key points together with understanding an actors’ castability are all elements that play a part in creating a headshot with the ‘Wow Factor’. Every actor wants casting directors to look at their headshot and say, “wow, I like that” if that happens then I’ve done my job as a headshot photographer. I was doing some research today and […]

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Who Is That Co-Starring In My Headshot?

Who Is That Co-Starring In My Headshot? Headshot photographers are popping up all over the place these days, virtually anyone with a digital camera and the kahoona’s to say so, can call themselves a headshot photographer. As far as I know there are no professional bodies or qualifications needed. A classic example of this is myself – I have no formal qualifications and am not a member of any professional bodies – but, I have been a busy working headshort photographer for almost 20 years. I learned all of the many skills involved in creating and producing photography over several […]

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Should I Have Facial Hair In My Headshot?

Facial hair is quite popular at the moment, everything from full beards to designer stubble can commonly be seen on the streets of our cities. However there’s a couple of things to consider when thinking about having facial hair in your headshot, ‘to beard or not to beard’ or is ‘moustache the question’. Headshots are about creating the right first impression and facial hair can occasionally give the wrong type of impression, it can alter people’s perception of you when looking at your headshot. You may not have considered how facial hair can alter people’s perceptions but here’s a few […]

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Is This The Future of Headshots Photography – I Think Not

I saw this article today in the LA Magazine about a team of actors ‘turned’ headshot photographers (you know my thoughts on this). It sounds like a crazy idea but in the city of LA anything goes. In all seriousness is it a good idea? Well there are a couple of things that make me question its feasability, I know it’s a big truck but it’s still a small studio that has lots of limitations on lighting and space (distance from the background). Also is there a set style that all of the actors ‘turned’ headshot photographers shoot in or […]

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