With Atlanta’s booming film industry that has recently popped up, more and more actors and actresses are looking for head shots. We often get asked what makes a good head shot? I mean, your head shot is a large-frame view of YOU. It is the first thing that goes on your Comp Card, the first thing that is seen on Social Media for LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. So no pressure right? Well, here are some tips on what we think makes your head shot stand out.
- Go for personality – not glamour. Some head shots we have seen look extremely serious while others look like a smile that is just not genuin. Instead, we advise that you go for a soft, natural look that shows your personality. You want to be welcoming with a slight smile, but a smile that is for you. Be comfortable. For ladies, don’t use a ton of makeup and airbrushing. If you show up at the Casting or job interview looking different, that is generally not a good thing. So, unless you going to have a professional makeup artist at work with you every day, you don’t need it for your head shot session either.
- Use a real photographer and not your Iphone. Smart Phones allow us to take AMAZING pictures and have some awesome filters. Couple that with the fact that you can buy a DSLR for less than $500 at WalMart, why pay a real photographer? Equipment and experience make a HUGE difference. A good photographer will not only know how to use the manual setting on their camera, but they can advise you how to pose to ensure that you get the best side of you on the photo. Remember, first impressions are lasting impressions.
- Your eyes are critical to that perfect picture. Make sure that your eyes are clear that morning. We as photographers ensure that there is no Red-Eye or lights reflecting in your eye. You don’t want to be tired either so that you can look refreshed. It is like good eye-contact in a job interview – essential.
- Clothing & Props – We often get asked, “What should I wear?” Easy answer? Whatever YOU like. Again, you want to look comfortable in your pictures. That being said, if you are a CEO, don’t come in a T-Shirt and jeans. More importantly, for head shots, make sure your clothes are not wrinkled or faded. That is noticeable.