As a former actress, I understand the need for professional headshots that look and represent the best version of you and showcase the different types of roles you will be going out for. I also know how much actors dread headshots--it can feel awkward. Believe it or not, many actors, though they may seem outgoing or used to be the center of attention, only feel comfortable in the center of the stage with a script in head or hand.
There are a couple things I do to try to make sure anyone I shoot with feels comfortable, relaxed, and confident for their shoot. I always like to ask for music preferences to create a custom playlist of each client's favorite tunes. I also have a hair and make-up counter with a well lit mirror, extra make-up and hair supplies for any assistance or touch ups that need to happen.
I want every shoot to feel organic and I want every client to feel creative and confident throughout the process. The great thing about shooting digitally--there's no pressure, there's no bad idea or pose--if it doesn't work, it's just one button to delete. And I never put time limits on my shoots--we shoot until we feel confident we got "the shot" a few times over.
For this session, we shot for about an hour and got over 500 photos to choose from. In my typical process, I would do a round 1 edit on all those photos, then narrow the photos down from there by eliminating photos so similar they are nearly duplicates, photos that are slightly different due to facial expression or focus by choosing the best photos. I would generally narrow it down to 100-200 that would go on to the final editing process. And then narrow it down one more time to the best 50-150 photos to deliver to the client.
In this case, Lisa wanted more participation in the photo selection process, so she went through the list of nearly 500 photos to cull down her favorites to move on to the final editing and retouching process. At the end of the day, for actors, you'll only end up using 1 photo of each look typically to get printed or add to online casting profiles.
If you are in need of professional headshots, don't hesitate to reach out!
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I'm Andie Bottrell, a multidisciplinary creative based in Springfield, MO. This blog is designed to give you an inside peak into the process behind my projects and to share my work.