Acting and Modeling Headshots to Create the Right Impression
As a beginner actor or model, you are sure to attend a lot of auditions and send your portfolios to talent agencies. The problem is that you have to compete with so many ambitious aspirants striving for fame and recognition. Your talent is certainly the key to success, but how to set yourself apart from the crowd when you’re taking the first steps on your career path? The right answer is professional acting and modeling headshots. Not only are they a sign that you take your endeavors seriously but also an exhibit of your appeal and character.
Spot-on headshots, whether they are for acting or modeling, have the power to ‘sell’ your services. Many would think that this type of photography is supposed to show you in all your glory and put an emphasis on your look. Well, if you’re in showbiz, looks matter, of course, but that’s not the only thing agents and casting directors are interested in. Today, they are looking for personalities, not just eye-candies. So, when you complete your resume with headshots, you’d better make sure they present your personality in the best light.
Acting and Modeling Headshots: What’s the Difference?
Both types of photographs are focused on a person’s face. Does it mean that there is no difference between acting and modeling headshots? Of course, there is a difference, and, in fact, it determines whether you get your dream job or not.
The idea behind modeling headshots is to show a model’s skills at communicating with the audience and conveying a certain message. Unlike actors and actresses who can articulate ideas with words, models have to rely on the language of their faces and bodies. A good photographer is able to capture a model’s mastery to speak through their eyes, facial expressions, and posture. Such headshots make a model’s appeal and potential to promote certain lifestyles clearly visibly. And, of course, they put an emphasis on a subject’s appearance and highlight his or her best sides. For this reason, showy make-up, artistic editing, and retouching are more than welcome as long as a person is still identifiable.
Acting Headshots are about Naturalness
In acting headshots, the focus is shifted from looks to personalities. It doesn’t mean that pictures shouldn’t be flattering. However, unlike beauty shots, they ought to be candid representations of a person.
This piece of advice I give to all of my clients: be as natural as possible in your acting headshots. Don’t hide your special features (scars, freckles, or moles) since they are part of who you are. Wear a bare minimum of make-up because whoever is going to look at your photos wants to see a genuine version of you. At the same time, your headshots must show your versatility and talent to transform into multiple characters. Again, your ability to express emotions through your eyes (lips, forehead, and every available medium) will come in very handy.
Sounds a little bit complicated? It might be but not for me. Have been working as a photographer for more than 20 years, I learned to understand my clients’ needs. It means that I can recognize when you need a natural, unadorned, look in your pictures and when artistic and glamorous photographs will be right on the money. I can’t guarantee that my headshots will get you every job out there but I know for sure that they will make you worthy of note.
Who Needs Acting and Modeling Headshots
If you want to try your hand at acting and modeling, then you can’t do without proper headshots. Can you imagine a business without a website or a teenager without social media? Those are must-haves for them, so are acting/modeling resumes propped with solid photographs for audition-goers.
The beauty of headshots is that you can get them even if you have nothing to do with modeling or acting. Glamorous and artistic portraits will do a nice job of adorning your social media account, a professional portfolio, or a family photo album. Besides, a photoshoot can be a nice training in posing and loosening up in front of a camera (you’d be surprised how many people are scared of photo sessions). Last but not least, every new photo experience is an adventure to explore new depths of your personality. It is always great to look at yourself at a different angle and learn something new about a person you thought you knew so well.
If you believe that photographs can’t make a difference, think again. Headshots became life-changers for one of my clients, Lisa. A couple of years ago, she celebrated her 50th birthday. Being a resolute person, she decided it was time for a bold move. She embraced her grey hair and her little wrinkles and cottoned to her new look. Cameras loved her, too! She didn’t just put her photographs on the wall, she had a bigger plan of turning her life around. And it worked! Today, Lisa is a sought-after lifestyle model and her face is found in a plethora of beauty magazines.
Maybe you, too, are destined to be another big name in acting or modeling, you just don’t know about it. Well, you’ll never know if you don’t give it a shot. And the first step toward your dreams come true is to get professional headshots.
How Often to Update Your Headshots?
If you already have an acting/modeling resume featuring photographs, make sure you keep it fresh and relevant. Saying that you should update your headshots annually or every couple of years wouldn’t be exactly correct. The right strategy is to get new headshots whenever you feel that your look or personality has gone through some changes, even the slightest. If nothing, keeping your portfolio up-to-date shows how professional and thoughtful you are.
Time shaping your facial features and traits isn’t the only reason to call a photographer. After all, I know a lot of women who have barely changed over the past 20 years and their older pictures are perfect representations of their current selves. Yet, your photographs have to mirror any changes happening to your appearance. Even if you choose to drastically change your hair color, it won’t hurt to get a picture of your new look. As much as anything, it is a reflection of how versatile and flexible you can be, and it is surely a good thing for a model or actor/actress.
Not only your look but also your experience can give you a reason to visit a photo studio again. Everything that made you feel like a different person, forged your character, or gave you a new perspective on life may impact your appearance. Even if it is not visible at first glance, it may give itself away as a light in your eyes or shift in your demeanor. In the end, it might give you access to more gigs. A professional photographer will definitely be able to recognize your peculiarities and put them on display through photographs. Learn more about model headshots.
Professional Headshot Photographer Tamara Knight
Professional headshots in the right light and with the right make-up are half the battle to get noticed. Whether you’re making your first steps at acting or modeling, or you’re a seasoned professional wishing to update your portfolio, Tamara Knight photo studio is a reliable source of unputdownable photographs. Here, is where your needs are heard and considered. You can be sure to get what you come for, and even a little bit more.
Captivating acting and modeling headshots are a much-needed impetus for your career. So what are you waiting for? Call me today and get beautiful professional portraits you deserve.