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?
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 »
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 you had […]Read more »
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 […]Read more »
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 […]Read more »
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 […]Read more »
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 […]Read more »