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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Headshot Photographs & The Casting Director

Photographing headshots for actors is about giving the actor the very best chance of being noticed, so staying current with the style, capturing personality and emotion and understanding that actors’ castability are all elements that play a part in creating a headshot with the ‘Wow Factor’. We want 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 I came across this article in the Guardian newspaper by Laura Barnett about Casting Directors and the role they play […]

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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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Exercise is The Food of Life – Dockside Fitness

This short video is of my good friend and training partner Mark Finn from Dockside Fitness. I train with Mark outside in Ropemakers Field E14 mostt mornings at 7am and on a Sunday at 9am. I often see and hear about ‘functional fitness’ and wondered what it was. I used to think that lifting weights and doing a few sit ups along with a session or two on a spin bike was enough to keep me healthy and fit.After training with Mark for a while I grew to understand that ‘functional fitness’ is about being able to deal with the […]

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Apple’s New Advert & Actors Headshots

Apple’s New Advert & Actors Headshots This short video by director Jake Scott, son of the mightly talented Ridley Scott is celebrating 30 years of Apple innovation. The really great thig is that it was all shot n the iphone 5s with its cracking HD camera facility. The temptation for an actor could be to have a headshot taken on an iphone – don’t would be my advice. There are those among you I hear say of course you would you’re a headshot photographer. But seriously guys my intention is to be honest and pass on my knowledge, one of […]

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