Actors: How to Choose the Right Headshot Photographer for You!
Alasdair Shanks of “Imperium Management”
Here are a few things to think about:
Time Limit– How long is the photographer willing to spend with you? It is important to ask how much time they will spend with you. If it is only an hour, no matter how good they are, you may not get a good range of photos or even feel comfortable with the photographer by the end of your shoot. It is important to give yourself time to feel at ease in front of the camera and this is done by the effort put in by the photographer.
Casting Range– When looking for a headshot photographer, it is helpful to examine their portfolio to see how they portray various individuals. Some photographers like to play “casting director” and decide how they will represent you in the headshots with various lighting, outfits or poses. Remember it is best to get a wide range of looks that do not pigeon hole you into a role. You want the headshots to be neutral and the purpose of them is to put you up for a wide range of roles.
Quality– While artistic quality for headshots is important, it is also important that the photos are not so creative or artistic that the purpose of them is diminished. If your face does not stand out in the photo then the photographs lose the purpose of being a headshot and are more like portraits. Your face needs to stand out from the background and not blur into the photo (even though that can be pretty).
Price, quality and time are all an important combination to get the right photographer for you!