Actor Headshot Tips: How Much Retouching Is Too Much?

An actor client and I recently had a great conversation in regards to retouching. The feedback she received from a casting director on her old headshot was that the retouching was way too much. She had done it herself and went a little overboard to say the least. With retouching, there’s a fine line between natural and unrealistic. With all the apps out there for quick image fixes, I’ve noticed more people taking it upon themselves to handle retouching on their images. If you know what you’re doing, then I say go for it. However, if you’re a novice, I advise against it. Don’t ruin your headshot with terrible retouching.

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Corporate Headshot Tips: How To Plan Corporate Headshots for Your Company Part I

Whether you’re a small or large company, there may come a time where you want to get a round of professional headshots done. Having professional headshots of your staff/team can be a great way to appeal to potential clients and give your company that extra bit of polish needed in the world of business. Having worked with several companies in the past, here are some tips I’ve put together to help you plan your shoot so that it goes smoothly and you get the results you’re after.

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Actor Headshot Tips: How To Take A Great Headshot

I know the title of this post is a bit simplistic, but sometimes simple is the most effective way to communicate! Okay, so how does one take a great actor headshot? And what IS a great actor headshot?

I’ll define a great actor headshot as one that pulls the viewer in and reflects either your personality or the role you wish to play. It gets a casting director interested it in you. People comment on how they can see you being a perfect fit for *insert character type*. It’s a headshot you use over and over again because it’s just so darn good.

So how do we do that?

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Actor Headshot Tips: Be Versatile

Recently I a shoot with repeat actor client, Eden Zane. It had been, I believe, two years since we last shot together and he needed some updated headshots to take his acting in a new direction. He's a funny, nerdy guy in real life and wanted that to come across in his headshots. For this new set of headshots he wanted to capture a friendly guy next door look (think the likeable protagonist in a romantic comedy), a young bachelor type(the heartthrob or bad boy in a romantic comedy), and tech expert (think the hacker guy in a crime show like CSI). I thought this would be a great opportunity to provide tips on how you can add some versatility to your session.

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Actor Headshot Tips: Don't Look Green

One of the big tips I give to actors getting their headshots done for the first time, is to make sure your headshots don't make you look "green". We do this not only with effective styling, but by also capturing a strong, confident expression. I believe a casting director shouldn't be able to tell if you just started acting yesterday from your headshot. We don't want to give them any reason to reject you. If they think you're inexperienced just from looking at your headshot, we've failed. 

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