Headshot Photography Advice

Why do I need Professional Headshots?

Casting directors and agents will agree on one thing, your headshot needs to be able to stand out over others.

It may not be about your looks in general but the feeling that you transmit from them.

The likelihood is that if directors and agents find your actor headshot engaging, then you will have more chances of being called to their offices for a casting or audition.

This is why it's important that you select the right photographer!


Selecting your Photographer

The best way to find a good headshot photographer is by referral or viewing the photographer's work.

If you have friends in the industry or an agent that you trust, ask them whom they would recommend for your actor headshots.

Most photographers display their portfolio directly on their website and you can determine if their style of photography suits your needs.

It is important not to assume that the headshot photographer that charges the most money will give you the best results.

The best indicator to determine the success of a headshot photographer is by reading what other actors and actresses have said about their personal experiences.

Have a look at websites like Equity, Spotlight and To Be Seen where you can find useful information in their forums, directories or notice boards etc


I have found a photographer that I like....what sort of things should I ask?

It is essential to confirm what is included in their offer and to ensure there are no hidden costs.


How long will the session last?

Photography sessions typically last between 1-2 hours.


How many images should I receive and in what format?

It’s ideal to have both web and high resolution, ready for you to print. Having a minimum of 3 photos is essential.


Should I go for black & white or colour?

All photographers will offer both and generally agents and casting directors will be happy with either.


What about retouching?

It is very important that your photos are a true representation of you and look natural!

A little retouching is fine for the odd blemish or colour correction.


How many changes of clothes/looks can I have?

You can have as many as you like, but we recommend two looks and two or three change of clothes.

Avoid any busy patterns or logos, neutral colours are best.


Some quick ‘Do's and Don'ts’


Make sure you get a good night sleep the night before.

Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated.

Bring along your favourite music to the session.

Give yourself plenty of time to arrive to your session on time.


Go clubbing or socialising till the early hours the night before.

Bring your friend(s) to your headshot session.

Wear excessive make-up…go for a ‘natural’ make up look.


About Mario Schwartz Photography

For information and samples of his work and for the latest discounts and offers, please visit www.marioschwartz.com and if you are ready to book your headshot call them on 07932 036 396.

Mario Schwartz Photography gives a free headshot session worth over £125 every month to one of their lucky Facebook followers.

Mario Schwartz also offers a 20% discount for To Be Seen members.

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