Nothing is more important than a great first impression. One of the most important ways to achieve this is to have a great Headshot.
If you don’t get your headshots done by a seasoned professional headshot photographer, the casting agents will know this as soon as they look at the photo and know that you are not serious enough to have taken that extra step. In New York City, you need a professional headshot photographer to take your headshots in order to compete in the acting market. The most important thing for a New York City actor without representation is their headshot as that’s the only tool they have to sell themselves and get their foot through the door.
I have been shooting actor headshots, comedians, dancers, writers, comp cards, modeling portfolios, business portraits for corporate bios, press releases, corporate websites, annual reports as well as corporate events and partyâ€™s for 15 years. I am the right choice because:
- Over 345Â recommendations on Linkedin
- Over 223Â reviews on Google
- Top of the line digital equipment to get the highest resolution possible.
- A member of Professional Photographers of America which keeps me up to date on new techniques and technologies as well as refreshes me in classic portrait techniques which are techniques that have been used for over 100 years which makeÂ you look your very best.
- Â A Member of National Association of Photoshop Professionals which keeps me extremely sharp with Photoshop and Lightroom applications so I can fix anything thatâ€™s needed like blemishes, wrinkles, double chins, whiten teeth, facial thinning and more.
- Two Convenient locations, I run two studios, one two blocks from Penn Station in New York City the other 15 minutes from GWB in Bergen County, New Jersey.
- Your location, If you require no interruption in your schedule,Â I can come to your home with minimal equipment, usually one case which is fully equipped with all the professional gear that is needed to get a greatÂ headshot.
- Â If you are not satisfied for any reason, I will edit your image until you are satisfied, or re-shoot if needed. If you are still not satisfied, I will issue a refund.
When it comes to an actorâ€™s portfolio, having headshots done for it is extremely important. It shows said company or studio what kind of a person one is and what kind of roles one wants to audition for. These points can be displayed perfectly during a headshot session, and it will provide a great first impression for actors to said companies or studios. There are guidelines to follow regarding actor headshot session as well some tips to further enhance the session. Once these are all taken into account, a successful headshot session is guaranteed.
Clothing is Number One. Dress Comfortably!
For a New Jersey headshot session, clothing is the most important factor to keep in mind. Itâ€™s not recommended to wear old clothing or clothes that have been worn multiple times; new or almost new clothing works best. Clothes that are comfortable, wrinkle-free, and fit just right are highly recommended as well, as this will allow the actor look confident in his or her shots. Itâ€™s best to wear long sleeved shirts or blouses for an actor headshot session as it will allow for the shot to be focused on just the actorâ€™s face, and wearing a top with a specific neckline helps bring out oneâ€™s face shape. If an actor is interested in auditioning for different roles, then it is recommended to bring in a variety of outfits so that there are headshots of different characters; this plays an important role for landing auditions. However, if an actor is interested in one specific role, wearing one outfit for the session is just fine.
Donâ€™t Wear Patterns or Revealing Tops
There are certain styles that should never be worn to a headshot session; for example, patterns, like plaid, should not be worn for headshots because the patterns can be distracting to the image. Clothing with large logos should be avoided at all costs. Turtlenecks, low cut tops, crew necks, and short sleeved tops should not be worn for the shots as it will cause the shot to focus on features that arenâ€™t just the face.
Dark Colors Are The Way to Go
Another factor regarding clothing to think about is the color of the clothing. Itâ€™s crucial to not wear white or colors close to white for a session because the shot will only focus on that item of clothing and not oneâ€™s face, which misses the point of headshots. Wearing a dark color over an item of clothing that is white is acceptable, and as for bright colors, those should be avoided as well as it will make the image distracting. Wearing black itself is acceptable, and wearing black with a dark color underneath works as well. Wearing solid, dark colors work best, especially since those bring out any skin tone, and wearing colors that match oneâ€™s eye color are suitable too.
Pants and Shoes: Comfortable and Professional
With pants and shoes, they donâ€™t matter too much with headshot sessions, unless full length shots will be taken as well. Regardless, itâ€™s best to wear pants and shoes that one is comfortable with, but theyâ€™re not a huge concern. Itâ€™s recommended to wear comfortable pants and shoes and to dress the same way as one would dress for an audition.
Glasses and Contacts
Regarding glasses, if the actor wears glasses frequently, then the headshots should be taken with glasses on. However, if glasses and contacts are worn often, headshots with glasses on and off are recommended. Glasses without transition lenses and with anti-glare lenses work best for the session. If one has glasses without anti-glare lenses and would still like to get the headshots done with his or her glasses on, then one could bring a frame with no lens for the session, if possible. If not, editing could fix any problems, if there are any.
Jewelry: Keep it Simple
If one decides to wear jewelry for the session, keeping it small and simple is the way to go. Anything bigger will be distracting to the image and will focus more on the jewelry rather than the face. If it stands out, donâ€™t wear it.
Hair and Makeup: Natural and Straightforward
For hair and makeup, the same philosophy from jewelry is applied here. With makeup, itâ€™s best to make it look natural and not overdone. It should match oneâ€™s skin tone; using a translucent powder would ensure that, and itâ€™s best to avoid using products with any shimmer or shine. As for hair, sticking with oneâ€™s normal hairstyle is the way to go because itâ€™s recommended to avoid trying anything new regarding hairstyles before a session. If one tries something new regarding hairstyles, it may not work out, and it may ruin the outcome of the shots. Â If one would like to try out a new style, it’s recommended to try at least one week before.
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Overall, there are a lot of steps concerning actor headshots in New Jersey that should be followed. Itâ€™s crucial to stick with clothes that are long sleeved and consist of solid, dark colors. Nothing should be worn that will stand out; itâ€™s all about focusing on the face. It has to be kept simple and straightforward so that the shots can come out great. With these steps being covered, the headshot session is ready for action, and the actor is set on his or her portfolio.
Keeping in mind of what to wear for headshots is extremely important. Wearing comfortable clothes that are wrinkle-free and either new or almost new work best. Long sleeved tops are the way to go, and wearing solid, dark colors is whatâ€™s most recommended. Everything else regarding the outfit should be kept plain and simple. What helps the most regarding figuring out what to wear is that what one decides to wear for a headshot would wear that for an audition as well. Once all of that is done, the headshot session is ready to go.
Q: Why should I get headshots done?
A: This is what companies and studios look at when it comes to picking and choosing actors for roles. It’ll put yourself out there, and it’ll give you a better chance of being considered.
Q: What kind of clothing should I bring/wear?
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Q: What should I do with hair and makeup?
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Q: I don’t like getting my picture taken. What can be done?
A: It’s good to try to take some time for yourself before the shoot so that you can relax and clear your mind a little bit. Many people don’t like getting their photo taken yet have amazing headshots. We will try your best to make you feel as comfortable as possible so that the session can go by quickly and painlessly.
Q: Can I bring my existing headshots to show you?
A: If you’d like to, then sure! If there is something you’d like to change compared to your past headshots, we will work with you to guarantee those changes.
Q: Can I bring a friend with me?
A: Sure! They will have to sit aside though and keep themselves busy so that we can focus on our session with no distractions.
Q: What’s better for headshots: vertical or horizontal?
A: It depends. Horizontal headshots are easier to view on a computer, since the screen is horizontal. As for vertical headshots, these are fine as well, especially if you’d like a certain feature of yourself to be shown, like your hair length, for example.
Q: Should I wear my glasses to the session?
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Q: How do I prepare for the session?
A: Have all of your outfits put together. Make sure you know how you’ll be doing your hair and makeup. It’s also important to get lots of rest before the session and be sure to eat and drink lots of water beforehand. If you feel nervous about it, just keep reminding yourself that it’s not as nerve-racking as it seems; we will try to make you feel as comfortable as possible so that you won’t feel as nervous about it. Also, make sure to arrive on time or even come earlier if possible.
Q: Should I shave before my session?
A: It depends on how you’d like to look for your headshots. If you want to display facial hair in your shots, then don’t shave. If you want a clean-shaven face for your shots, make sure to do it some time before and do it well so that you won’t miss any spots; it’s also good to do it early to give your skin some time to heal if there’s any irritation.
Q: How often should my headshots be updated?
A: Actor headshots should be updated every 8 to 12 months. They should also be updated if you change your look, like if you get a new haircut, for example.