They say you only have one chance to create a first impression, and in the dog-eat-dog world of professional acting, this could not be more true. As a serious actor, a good portfolio of headshots is essential to market yourself – these are the first images a potential casting director will see and will help to identify what makes you unique.
As a commercial photographer I have been asked to do many studio shoots in my time, for both up and coming and more established actors. Working in a studio as opposed to a less formal setting such as a wedding gives me more scope to use my technical skills. It also helps to capture every facet of an actor’s personality; working in large groups can only demonstrate a limited range of emotions (ideally, happiness at a wedding), but with these head shots I can get to know the actor a little better and imagine them in a variety of scenarios.
What’s more, it’s a great excuse for them to show off their acting skills. I will work with each and every actor and take them through a variety of serious, light-hearted and sultry shots in order to illustrate their capabilities as a performer.
Head shot photography doesn’t have to be limited to the studio however. Indeed, whilst I have more tools such as varied lighting in a studio setting, I also like to be experimental outdoors, such as my London photo shoot with Sophie-Louise Craig.
I endeavour to meet each actor’s requirements and promote their individual talents, whether a serious stage performer or a situation comedy actor. With the finished product, the subject has an extensive portfolio of his or her most flattering angles ready for presentation to a casting director, and I pride myself on knowing they’ve had fun doing it.