How to Choose a Great Headshot Photographer
by Anthony Smith
Here are a few things to consider when looking for a headshot photographer.
As as actor or model, you'll need headshots, and great headshots at that. So just how do you get those great, amazing headshots? Obviously, you'll need to find an amazing headshot photographer.
Finding a photographer is the easy part. But you're not just looking for a run of the mill photographer. You want a great photographer, one that's worked with many actors and actresses in the past and knows the style and look of headshots that work. Search for headshot photographers in your city or in the city in which you want to have them taken. Before you meet with the photographer in person, look at a few different photographer's websites and critique their pictures.
When looking at photographer's pictures, take note of the following:
- Quality of the printing (if you see hard copies)
- Expressions on the faces of the actors
- Do you like the photographer's style?
- Does the photographer have everyone pose in the same way or do you see individualism expressed with each actor?
- Are the women photographed all in a certain way?
- Are the men photographed all in a certain way?
- Are the poses of the actors appropriate?
It's not a good sign if a photographer doesn't have a website. It could mean that he/she is not experienced or the photos lack quality. Today, a website is the way to showcase yourself in this business. If a photographer doesn't have one, then that should raise a flag as to his/her credibility in this business. It doesn't mean they are not good, but let it be a first alarm that you park in your mind until you move on and see his/her work.
Once you've found a photographer you'd like to work with, there are several questions you should ask them before your shoot.
- How many pictures will you take of me?
- How long will the session last?
- How many different looks are included in the price?
- How do you direct the actor during your sessions? In other words, do you help the actor to come up with different expressions or is the actor responsible for doing that on her own?
- What colors should I not wear? What color would be best to include in my wardrobe?
- What happens once the session is complete? How do I get my pictures?
- How will I view them?
- What will you give me? A cd with the photos? Will you upload them to a website for me to view?
- How will/can I make copies? How much will they cost?
- What about retouching? Do you offer that service as well? Is there someone you can recommend?
- What about hair and make up during the shoot? Do you provide that service? If so, is it included in the price? Do you have any recommendations with regard to hair and make up? (This is also a moment to express any concerns you have about blemishes you would like not to be visible in your photos, etc.
As you can see, there are several things to consider when looking for that all-important headshot photographer. By doing a little research and prep work before your shoot, you'll end up with much better headshots as a result.