Maelyn needed to update her acting headshot portfolio. Naturally, she came to the Austen Hunter Photography Studio in Pensacola to get her headshots professionally captured. Here's how her session went:
What are Acting Headshots?
Acting headshots are the most important marketing material in an actor's toolkit. They are used by casting directors so they can determine if you look the part for the roles they have available. Without acting headshots, you'll be hard-pressed to actually get called for an audition. Acting headshots are typically captured in an 8x10" format and captured in color.
What to wear for Acting Headshots?
Generally, it's recommended that you bring outfits that fit the roles you are auditioning for. Most actors and actresses have a few Types that they cast for, so bring attire that matches the type. For example, someone who casts as a biker might want to bring a leather jacket for their acting headshot session.
It's not uncommon to bring multiple outfits to an acting headshot session. Like with most headshots sessions, it's a good idea to wear solid colors and avoid logos and patterns that can be distracting. You won't need to worry about pants or shoes since they won't in the frame unless you need a full body shot as well.
Can you take your own Headshots for acting?
Unless you're confident in your photography skills, it's generally not advised that you try to take your own acting headshots. That's because professional headshot photographers often have dedicated lighting for these types of photos, and a knowledge of posing and guiding clients into capturing flattering, confident headshots. In any case, you should always prepare accordingly for a headshot session.
Where to take acting headshots?
Acting Headshots are most often captured in a photographer's studio. In a controlled environment like this, it's easy to properly light a subject and review the images on location. Acting headshots can also be captured outside as well. Headshots taken outside often feel much warmer and personable, but ultimately this choice depends on your branding needs and what best matches the Type you are auditioning for. When in doubt, ask your talent agency if they have a preference for your acting headshots.
Maelyn's Acting Headshots
Maelyn was planning on auditioning for several different types and thus brought a few different outfits to convey the characters. We captured a standard headshot with white t-shirt, a professional businesswoman look, a rebellious teenager, and a college student outfit, all on a white background for emphasis.
When it comes to headshots for your professional acting or modeling portfolio, don't risk leaving such an important task to anyone but a professional. Your headshots are your calling card and deserve nothing but the best. If you're in need of professional headshots, get in touch with me. I have a variety of headshot packages to meet your specific needs.
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