Before your session, practice posing in front of a mirror. We know that you come in with some specific role in mind. There is no harm to experiment certain looks, or to try a pose that you thought is not achievable. There should be a mix of poses, and different expressions to make your portfolio engaging. We recommend that you keep moving, and grooving before the day of your session. This will help you unfold, and get the desired looks. If this is your first time taking professional headshots, watch YouTube videos. This helps you know what happens at the studio and not to get intimidated. Your photographer will always guide and assist you on working the desired looks. So a little practice gets it easier for you.
Dress right for your actor’s headshots. Solid colours are sought after, with a neutral tones like black, white or grey. These colours remain a staple in any wardrobe. Jackets are a win, and it is good to carry a letter jacket, a denim one and a black or grey blazer. With clothing, we are aiming to accentuate your look. Hence, we try to defray from bold colours, prints, catchy letterings and so on. The fit of your clothing is very important. This gives an overall look of your build to the casting team. Avoid ill fitting, torn, faded and wrinkled clothes.These elements takes the eyes off the subject. We aim for all attention to be on you. This being said, we can always try different outfits, and colour choices. The more different your outfits are, you have a wide range of character choices. When in doubt, always carry your outfit options to the studio. We can help you with your desired look.
You won’t need any heavy- full face makeup for headshots. Keep your makeup simple, and that which highlights your features. The casting team wants to see you. They even might look for a particular skin type, or hair type. Hence styling your hair way too different than your own is not recommended. It is recommended to get your makeup and hair done from a professional. There are also makeup artists who are experienced doing makeup fro professional headshots. You may also ask your makeup artist to meet you at our studio. We have a fully dedicated makeup room for our clients, you are welcome to use.
Plan in advance and cut your hair a week before your session. This helps you manage your new cut length. For men, shaving before your session may not accentuate the jaw line. The details in the jaw line ca be point to some masculine roles too. So, always know the roles you are aiming for, and work on your look both physically and aesthetically. there is a lot of planning and work on maintaining your desired look. The goal is, when you take your actor’s headshots, you must be fully prepared.
Make sure to drink so much water and keep your skin moisturized before your session. It makes a difference in the photograph. You also feel and look more energetic, which will add to your final outcome.A good nights sleep does wonders. After all, no one wants to wake up tired with baggy-eyes on the day of your headshots session. Don’t forget to take into consideration these small details. A sound 6 hours of sleep before your headshots session is indeed a beauty sleep. As an aspiring actor, these are area which you should be focussing on.
Before your session, make sure you contact your headshot photographer. If you are just updating your headshots, or aiming for a specific look for a specific project, make sure you communicate your goals with the photographer. This helps him to give you tips, and also to prepare for your session. Making sure you know what your agent needs, as he knows the casting crew also helps us achieve the desired looks.
Professional actor’s headshots is not for you, if you are planning to change your look a week after you get your headshots done. These photographs are visual representations of yourself. Hence, deciding to cut your hair sort, create a different look, get a tan, or do anything that is entirely different from your headshots session is not wise. Aim for the look you want, work on it, and try to maintain it. You are, but waiting for a casting call. If you had changed your look in the past, and don’t have any professional photographs in your new look, then it is the time to get some professional headshots!