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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Uta Hagen’s 9 Questions For Actors

Following on from yesterdays post I’ve had quite a few of you ask me what actually are ‘Uta Hagen’s 9 Questions’ As photographer who specialises in shooting headshots for actors I often take headshots of young and aspiring thespians, many of whom are still studying and constantly looking for way to increase their knowledge and acting technique. I don’t profess to have all the answers but I do have a healthy interest in ensuring I can help my clients and add value to every session that I shoot. After all my clients are my lifeblood and as I spend most […]

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Good Headshots For Online Casting

Online casting has changed dramatically over the last few years, as headshot photographers in London and as actors you must be aware of those changes and how best to take advantage of them. I had a casting director from a very well know regional theatre in the studio last week and we spoke about the casting process and how it’s changed and how he chooses actors to invite for audition. In the screenshot below you’ll see man, many hactors headshots viewed as fairly small thumbnails. This is initially how a casting director views your headshot and decides whether or not […]

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Professional Headshots Mean Professional Work

When is a headshot photographer not a headshot photographer? Well, it’s when they do something else most of the time, it’s when their passion is for another disciple or it’s when someone thinks they can make a quick buck out of shooting a few headshots. There’s an increasing trend for actors ‘when not acting to try their hand’ at doing headshots. They use the catchy line of “I’m an actor so I know what a great acting headshot is” – yeah right!!  If they know all of this they’ll obviously have a great headshot themselves and if they do why […]

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The Way To A Great Actors Headshot.

Following on from yesterdays post entitled – Professional Headshots Mean Professional Work – I thought I’d explain a little more about what I mean about professional work. It’s paid work. Let’s face it we all love to follow our passion and most of us would do it for free just to express ourselves however, we all need to pay our bills so to be brutally honest we have to be paid for what we do. Thats what I mean about professionalk work, when we are being paid to do a job. Whether it’s a stage show, TV, a film or […]

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Headshot Portfolio or Single Headshot ?

Casting has changed dramatically over the last couple of years, in particular with the increasing amount of digital submissions. With a huge amount of casting going through Spotlight and other casting portals it becomes more and more important as an actor that you have headshots that match the role you are submitting to. Many headshot photographers still don’t understand that things have changed and they are still trying to deliver that ‘one killer headshot’ that say’s it all.  This unfortunately is not the way to shoot an actor in this competitive modern casting world. As an actor you have to […]

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Headshots And Casting Directors

I came across this blog article from New York headshot photographer Jeff Mosier where he interviews New York casting director Tisha Loli. I think she has some great points although some are not as relenvant to the UK market. The first three points are the most important as they refer to what a headshot is and what it’s supposed to do. this is something that is often misunderstood by actors especially those who are just beginning their acting career. I have to say that I couldn’t agree more with her point no.7 about the rising cost of headshots vs value […]

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Same Old, Same Old Headshot?

One of the biggest challenges foe an up and coming actor is to try to get noticed. Your acting skills and your audition skills are very important but often casting directors don’t get to see you perform. It’s crucial to your career to be seen and get noticed by the right people and this is where a great actors headshot can save your bacon. Without a headshot that stands out from the crowd how on earth do you expect to be noticed. Does your headshot look just like a thousand others?, is it the same style as everyone else’s? did […]

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