Check out these tips to get the most out of your Actor Headshot Session

Joel Maisonet

10/23/20232 min read

When preparing for your first headshot session as an actor, there are several important tips to keep in mind to ensure that you get the most out of the experience. Are you an actor just starting out and looking to get an agent? You'll have different needs than a seasoned actor looking to target specific shows and roles or bridge different markets. In either scenario, it is essential to identify your needs and prepare well for your session. Be sure to book a free consultation if you have more questions that need to be answered.

Appearance: Pay attention to your grooming, as a fresh and polished look can make a significant difference in the final results.

Angles and Expressions: There is no need to practice your angles or expressions before your session. This can help, but I don't want you stressed and wondering if you did enough for your session or forcing a shot. My sessions are collaborative, laid back and I strive to capture you in the moment. I will be your headshot coach working with you through each shot in a variety of ways to ensure we are getting a range of looks and expressions to get exactly what we need.

Makeup: The goal of makeup for actors is a clean and natural look. If you booked with our makeup artist, please come in fresh faced with no makeup. Be sure to hydrate your skin and lips the night before and in the morning of your session.

Hair Styling: Hair styling is extremely subjective and I recommend you wear your hair the way you do in your auditions or self-tapes. Prep a small kit to do quick changes to emulate the looks you are going for.

If you booked with our makeup artist, know that the service they provide for hair is out of necessity and not a full service. They can assist you with basic styling and controlling fly-aways.

Wardrobe: Our goal is to capture you in a variety of looks to show the range of characters you could play. Bring more than you think you need! Try to refrain from distracting prints or patterns. Layers work really well on camera. Things don't always photograph they way you think they will and it is important to have enough. Remember, unless we are shooting a headshot and branding session, the focus in on the characters, not just what looks good on you. For more details on wardrobe click here.

Finally, remember to have fun! You've chosen this career and getting great headshots is the next step to achieving your goals. Let's celebrate that!