What makes for good casting headshot?
A good quality casting headshot is one that has to walk a fine line by representing someone at their best while also making that person look as natural as possible. Remember that a casting director will have invited you to an audition on the basis of what you look like in your casting headshot. If you turn up to an audition looking nothing like your photo then this has wasted your time and more importantly, the casting director’s time. For example, if you don’t wear makeup from day to day then I would suggest that you don’t decide to wear makeup solely for your headshot session. It’s also worth noting that you should be yourself for a headshot session and not pretend to be anyone you’re not. A few years ago, students from a certain drama school in London were under the impression that they had to look like Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt for a headshot session. That’s fine if you have those kinds of looks but if not then you must be yourself and play to your strengths, YOUR looks.
There is also the technical side of a photograph. There is little point in looking as natural as possible if the quality of the lighting at the studio isn’t spot on and doesn’t capture you in the best light. This is where my expertise comes in. In my 10 years as professional headshot photographer the placing of lighting equipment to achieve optimum photo quality is as second nature to me as changing the gears of a car when driving leaving me to focus on the most important factor in a headshot session – YOU.
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