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Many people have misconceptions about the way you approach a headshot. Some people see professional headshots as an expensive luxury and might go to a cheaper freelance photographer for your photography. This is unwise as a proper talent photographer will know what to look for in an actor headshot. This may not be the photograph that makes you look stunning, classic, gorgeous or hansom.
And in contrast, the most expensive talent photographer may not mean the best or most appropriate headshot. Spotlight guidelines dictate that "you need an original black and white 10 x 8 inch portrait print", accompanied with full credits of your photographer.
One should look around at a wide selection of photographers and choose one that suits their styles or taste. Then, go along and discuss with the photographer about what sort of shots you want. When looking at headshots, casting directors are not looking for the performer, they want to see you, who you are and how you look naturally. However, this is good to have a selection of different 'moods' in your portfolio. According to Barry Burnett of Burnett Granger Associates, actors should have at least 2 main headshots – one natural and one character actor. A third positive mood, possibly in colour, is definitely permissible.
You must posses at least one good professionally-done black and white 10 x 8 inch headshot in order for any casting director to assess your physicality and professionalism seriously!
Check out our directory for a list of photographers in your area!
Written and donated by Alex Nair