Headshot Photography

Written by Rylee Newton
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Headshot photography is one of the most important elements to the success and longevity of any actor working today. Your headshot is your calling card and is your direct connection to casting directors, management and agencies, and directors and producers. At every stage of the game, headshots play a major role in getting you in the door, and leaving a lasting impression.

Headshot photography isn't just for professional actors. Stand up comedians, magicians, musicians, models, and even professionals like real estate agents and salesmen can benefit from taking a high quality photograph of themselves. You can use these photos to create traditional 8x10 headshots as well as business card photos and promotional postcards. These items can be used to promote your business, and also come in handy if you're ever dealing with the media.

The Basics of Headshot Photography

When it comes to headshot photography it's important to clarify your marketing goals. If you're trying to get more attention for your business, or you want to put a face to the name on your business cards, you don't have to spend as much money on a photographer as you would if you wanted to create a modeling portfolio. If you want to find work as an actor, you probably want to have at least two pictures to choose from. In most cases you want to have a dramatic photo and a headshot that reveals your lighter side as well.

Many photographers will tell you that it is important to shoot a photo that looks as much like you as possible. This is especially true for people pursing careers in acting. The last thing you want to do is send out a photo that looks nothing like you. Doing this not only leads to disappointed looks on casting directors' faces, but also makes people in the industry think you don't know how to play the game. It's a good idea to review your photos with your photographer to find the ones that most accurately represent your personality and your overall look.

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