Headshots

  • Alexander Helm

    Actor

    I am realising that there are quite specific requirements for a headshot when applying for jobs or using them for websites.

    How does one decide which is the most appropriate headshot to send or feature as your main headshot?

    I have some ideas on this. I find it hard to find one shot that captures everything. Especially as my features can look quite different under different lighting. My approach would be to send a fairly neutral but open look that displays your features as clearly and crisply as possible as my main headshot but send a few shots with different expressions and costumes if you are not aware what roles are available. What are other peoples approach to this?

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    Absolutely agree! 100%

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  • Alexander Helm

    Actor

    Cheers for the feedback. Of course the headshot I have at the moment doesnt reflect what I want to achieve yet. Though it is beginning to get me castings. I should have some new headshots within the week which I think are more neutral.

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    Alex, I know I do not have as much experience as you as an actor, but my personal experience told me that good & professional shots that capture the expressions do create certain impressions/images to the casting director. My head shot was the most natural look I could be, done in 1.5 hours. I uploaded some old ones due to budget. I had taken some expressions shots in T-shirt, but need more in different costumes, it takes time (and money). My idea is to have my own website with the photographs, but I'll only send out one neutral headshot, and one neutral body shot, not more than 2.

    If you don't know me, I am the type who do not compromise in quality. I used to have only 1 hair stylist, and no one else could cut/ perm my hair, unless I found someone better. I know.. fussy but that was me. I found Steven Lee the photographer through my producer friend, and Steven is very good.

    Check out www.stevenleephotograhy.com

    I would like to get mine done by him. Alex, are you, or is anyone interested in getting the different shots done together by him, can be different day but to book him together try to get special rate?

    • 1st Jun 2006
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  • Alexander Helm

    Actor

    Hello Veronica

    You sounds a bit like me in as far you have a quite a clear idea of how you want to be presented. I have just had some shots taken by Claire Grogan and am due to receive the prints pretty soon. They will go onto my webpage here as soon as I receive them and upload them. I think will suffice for the immediate future. However, like you I want to set up my own website and want to get a selection of different styles of shot for that. So thanks for the photographer details as I am accumulating a few photographers on my favorites. A good colour photographer would be top of my list of photographers next.

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  • Mark Joseph

    Actor

    Have a range of shots. Your "main" casting shot (i.e. your Spotlight pic) should be fairly neutral, I agree, but you need a range of photos so that you or your agent can submit the right one for the role.

    Mark.

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    Cheers Alex. Looking forward to seeing your shots. All the best!

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    I'm in the position where I've lost about a stone in weight since my last headshots were done so am looking to get some new photos done. As my weight tends to fluctuate, I'm looking to get some alternative photos done this time so that I have a selection to send out showing different emotions.

    However given the majority of roles I play tend to be variations on the same theme I guess my brief to the photographer will be happy policeman, unhappy policeman, grumpy policeman, flatulent policeman........

    Incidentally Alex, if you're looking for a new website have a look at Magic Bus Designs as we're running a January sale with up to 50% off :o)

    • 1st Jun 2006
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  • Alexander Helm

    Actor

    Good to know I am on the right track. Cheers again for the feedback. I will check out Magic Bus as well.

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    HI Alex

    Just had my headshots redone - also by Claire Grogan. She was fantastic to work with. Should get them next week.

    If anyone is getting headshots done, try and use someone who understands the industry. They will automatically get the best out of you at the shoot and you'll get a range of shots suitable for all your castings.

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    I also had my headshots done by CLaire Grogan. I was really pleased with them and the whole shoot was a pleasant experience. I felt she really captured my personality in the pictures. I would recommend anyone to go to her.

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  • Alexander Helm

    Actor

    I now have my headshots as you can see and agree Claire is great to work with and very conscientious in her work. Its a real collaboration when having your shots done with her.

    • 1st Jun 2006
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    Oooh! Look at you! Hehehe....Nice new pics, Alex. Just out of interest what sort of rate does Claire charge out at?

    • 1st Jun 2006
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  • Angela May

    Actor

    Hi there

    Like your new headshots! Even though the shots are similar frame wise, I can really see the different moods/expressions you're trying to convey.

    Regards

    Angie

    (I sooooooo need to get mine updated!)

    • 1st Jun 2006
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  • Mark Joseph

    Actor

    I use John Clark, he's good.

    Mark.

    • 1st Jun 2006
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  • Lizzie Kempson

    Actor

    I had my photos done with Claire as well, i was so happy with them they are the best photos i have had done so far. And so many to chose from they all came out really well. I would also reccomend her to others. Lizzie

    • 1st Jun 2006
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  • Rebecca Probyn

    Actor

    You should have a range of shots but I was always told that your main photo should look like you on a good day; not over glamourous or characterized.

    Aslo you eyes should be positioned in the centre of the headshot and you should not have your hand up to or hair falling over your face. This only detracts form your face..... (can I say face a few more times?!!)

    Hope this helps

    • 1st Jun 2006
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  • Rebecca Probyn

    Actor

    ooh I hate it when I do that.. didn;t read the second page of conversation!!. Yes your new headshots are very good Alex.I need to get some more done too.. Claire Grogan looks like she is going to be a busy woman!

    • 1st Jun 2006
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  • Lucy Perkins

    Actor

    I use John Clark too, he's very reasonable.

    Lucy x

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  • Mike Holdsworth

    Actor

    Interesting postings here. I think you are right that your main headshot should be neutral. Having a website or the ability to also list other looks and styles of shot is also a good idea.

    From a promotional perspective its good to have different styles of photography in your portfolio to give casting directors an idea of what they have to play with. Say if you have 10 images in your promotional portfolio and casting director A likes photo 8 but none of the other photos he might still give you the job because he see's something he likes, whereas casting Director B likes photo 3 and 6 but none of the others....

    Mike

    • 1st Jun 2006
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