Actor Headshots Photography Session

Headshots photography – session with actors.

Few days ago, I had another actor headshots photography session with a few fantastic actors from London ( Sabine Crossen, Fiona Rene, David Alwyn and Edward Lewis French ). We all had a really good time and lots of fun through the entire photo shoot. Working with actors is a spontaneous job simply because many of them are used to being in front of a camera and they are very good in following directions. However it is not often that I have a headshot session with four people at the same time. The idea was to set the lights and then photograph every single one of them and then change the lights for another set of outfits and looks. That bring some difficulties which I had to overcome. Normally when you do an actor headshot you set the lights specifically for this person and there may be many reasons for this, skin colour and condition, face features or age of the model. The idea of this shoot was to do as many setups and looks as possible and since I couldn’t spent as much time on each person as I would like to I was happy that the results were great.

Here are some of the images from the session.

 

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The Importance of Professional Headshot Photography

The Importance of Professional Headshot Photography

In the industry, how you present yourself even before you show up for an audition can be a deal breaker. If you can’t get an agent to open your mail much less booking auditions, your problem could be that your headshots are working against you.

Getting New Headshots

When there’s been a significant change in your appearance like weight loss or gain or if you feel you look more mature since your last ones, it’s time to get new shots. Your pictures should look like you on your best day. If there hasn’t been a significant change in your appearance, you’ll want to get newer headshots every one or two years. Regularly updating your headshots keeps them fresh and stylish.

What Makes a Great Headshot ?

Just because the photo your friend took is great doesn’t mean it will make a good headshot. Depending on whether you’re an actor or model, a combination of ingredients has to come together to show agents and casting directors just how marketable you are. Creating a great headshot depends on three basic factors:

  1. The Look – The skill and craftsmanship of creating a professional, refined look can’t be achieved with amateur equipment. This requires expertise in lighting, focus, color correction and other techniques.
  2. Natural – This is why your choice of headshot photographer can accentuate or undermine you. It’s very important to be comfortable with your photography because he is more attuned to your sincerity and can capture that.  His attitude, the peaceful environment he creates greatly impacts how natural you feel.
  3. Personality – You are the only one who can bring your personality, your attitude to a shoot; the photographer is the translator.

Finding a great headshot photographer is easier these days but it can also be tricky. It’s not unusual for someone to buy some inexpensive camera equipment and offer those services so you’ll want to do more research. If you see a professional photo that you like, find out who did it and contact them. There are more than a few professionals out there who would gladly show you their portfolios.

Being prepared for your session is very important.  Getting plenty of rest and eating right can help you stay alert and look your best. Avoid radical changes to your skin and hair the day before the shoot and make sure your makeup is well done. Clothing that’s all white tends to wash out and busy patterns are distracting. Stick with simple colors that you know will help you look your best.

Here are few the latest actor headshots I took.

 

 

 

 

 

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Headshot Photographer London

I have been doing headshot photographer for some time now and I would like to share with you some of my experiences and also technics I use to make a good picture. Every time I have new client in the studio I start simple. Most of the time with white background and nice soft bright light I always play a good music for them and take lots of pictures to worm up the clients and to relax them little bit. Being a headshot photographer London its not easy coz there is massive competition and you have to do everything to stand out from the crowd. Key to success is good lighting and expression you can pool out of your model. If one of them is not right there will be always something missing in the image. Here is my favourite set of lights for the headshot photography. I set two lights in clamshell position, on the top I put soft box or beauty dish and on the bottom soft box of reflector.  To make light nice and soft I place them as close to the model as possible plus close lights give you beautiful catchlights which are absolutely must in headshot and portrait photography.

Im shooting wide open to create great dept of field but remember when you shoot 2.8 or 2.0 make sure that your focus is perfect other ways you will find lots of soft and blurry pictures. I focus on lower eyelid and most of my pictures are ok. I shoot full frame and most of the time I use 70-200 F2.8 lens, for some reason I feel like that is the best lens for the job. Its nicely compressing the background behind the subject and it helps to get read of all the distracting things in the pictures. I always place my model far from the background that the key light does not affect the background. I just like to have full control over the lighting.

Here are some of the pictures I took using clamshell lighting set up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Portrait Photographer-Passion, hobby or business.

 

My view as a portrait photographer.

For many of us photography is something we love, for many it’s a hobby and for some of us it’s only business. Most of us had no clue what kind of photography we want to do at first. You buy your first camera and you try pretty much every thing before you realise what subject is your real passion. Some of us love landscape photography, some of us love architecture or product photography. I have to honestly say, I probably tried everything before I realised what kind of photography I really wanted to do. I think many of us started this way.It’s a process of learning and making mistakes and trying new things until you know what’s your favourite. Then over time you start to develop your style, master your skills. People begin to recognise your work and you start to feel confident in what you do. I knew right away that I want to photograph people and over time I have learned how to do that. I begin to do lots musicians, performers and actor headshot photography, although I wouldn’t call my self a head shots photographer or portrait photographer. I don’t limit my self to one or the other category I simply capture people in the best possible way I can. But if I had to choose between  headshot photography or portrait photography I would say that portrait is more creative and give me more pleasure doing it. Of course some times it’s a struggle and you know even before you start the session that this is going to be a nightmare and you would rather give the money back than doing it. I had some one who didn’t want to smile coz of  black teeth or some one who was so stiff that would have to drink a gallon of whiskey to relax a bit, but no matter what, you have to be professional and do your job best you can. Most of the time taking picture is a pleasure and this is what I love to do, and even the worst day in the field it’s much better than best day at the office. When I begin to do portrait and headshot photography I learned that beside lighting it’s equally important to coach the person in front of the camera. You have to make sure that model is relaxed and confident and it is your job to bring the model’s persona to life.and if there is one advise I can give to all of the photographers, it would be. “If you want to take better and more interesting pictures, bring your camera in front of more interesting people”

Please have a look below on some of the images I took recently.

 

 

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