Actor Headshot Tips

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Hi everyone, I hope your week is getting off to a great start!  I would like to share with you a new set of actor headshots that I took while in Tampa.  The photos are of the fantastic emerging actress, Kelsey, and were taken in historic Ybor City.  If you are in the market for a new headshot, I have a few of my favorite actor tips in today’s blog post to get you started.

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  1. Know the role you were meant to play.  This is especially true with actors, but also with models.  If you want to play a certain type of role, then make sure that your photo reflects that.  If you want to audition for ‘girl next door’ types, then don’t strike a seductive sex kitten pose in your headshot.
  2. Punctuality counts.  Show up on time to the shoot.  This would seem like a basic life lesson, but there it is.  If you show up late you will be off to a flustered start for your photo shoot.  Also, the photographer charges by time so this may make the shoot more expensive if you run over time or conversely, take time away from your spotlight in front of the camera.  Make sure you reconfirm the address where you will be shooting and give yourself enough time to deal with traffic.
  3. Show up prepared.  If there will not be a makeup artist present, then have your makeup and clothes ready to roll.  Bring the required number of outfits and make sure the clothes are pressed and clean.
  4. Know your best side.  Practice being photographed before you get to the shoot and know which side of your face you prefer.  For most people, this will be the side of your face with the more upturned features (read about it in this article).

I have a set of more extensive headshot tips for actors and models that I would be happy to send you — just drop me a line.  The tips include everything from makeup and hair to posing and outfits.  Enjoy the photos!


Do you need new actor headshots?  Drop me a line and let’s talk about your photography needs.

If you would like to see more images from my portfolio then please visit my website — KellyWilliamsCorporate.com.

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