Glamour magazine recently posted a few great tips to look better for your next headshot or photo shoot.
“…avoid sparkle. It accentuates fine lines and ages you.”
“Do use an anti-shine product to keep skin matte. Oily skin gets shinier thanks to the flash.”
Although… I’m not 100% behind this comment (in the photo caption):
“Tilt your head so hair is visible,”
Head tilt will usually depend on the camera angle. Instead – I recommend working with your photographer to get a variety of angles that both accentuate your features and show your hair.
Check out the full article for products that will help get great results.
Earlier this year I had the opportunity to sit down with one of Austin’s top commercial casting directors – Donise Hardy from A Casting Place. She gave me some great tips for actors getting new headshots.
If you’re not getting work, it could be you have a bad headshot.
In Austin, casting directors want to see a smiley photo showing teeth. The photo should be a clean, full-frontal view of your face and shoulders.
– Pastels and jewel tones are great color choices.
– Choose photos where the camera is at normal eye level (normal viewing perspective).
– Eyes should be right down the barrel of the camera with a fun, warm and happy expression.
– No makeup if subject is under 16 years old.
– No big jewelry. The picture is about your face, not your awesome necklace.
– No patterns, logos or glitter on clothing.
– Avoid all black or red
– No 3/4 shots
– Your name should be located in the lower right hand corner of the picture. Casting directors will put headshots in a binder and will look for the name in the right bottom corner when flipping through the book.
– Have your headshot set up with a white border. Casting directors or producers will often write notes in the white margins of the headshot.
– If you have agency representation, the agency logo should be on the left side of your headshot prints, opposite the name.
One last tip regarding auditions:
– For TV commercial auditions, dress the part. Be “IT” when you walk in the door.
When searching for a headshot photographer, it’s important to chat with a prospective photographer and get specifics about the service they provide – how long a session lasts, what to wear, etc. This “interview” can be a simple phone call or email.
But what are the important questions to ask?
Check out the Actingbiz.com website for this great set of tips for actors: 11 sets of Questions to ask your Headshot Photographer BEFORE the Shoot!
I would add these questions as well:
“How long have you been in business?”
“What styles of clothing should I bring?”
Also, be sure to ask questions at the shoot if you have any confusion about packages or any part of the photoshoot process.
Answers to all these questions will help you find the right photographer and prepare for your headshot session.