Hints and Tips
Some suggestions to help you get the best out of your sitting
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Our aim is to provide a set of headshots that best reflect how you look today. CD's (Casting Director's) or AD's (assistant directors) have hundreds of headshots that pass over their desks during the casting process. We need to ensure that they can be confident in knowing that the person they select will be exactly who they have picked from those photos. There is nothing more annoying for them, than someone walking through the door, looking completely different to the person they had chosen to see for the role and nothing more disappointing for you, than to be completely overlooked for a role that you might have been perfectly suited for!
My backdrops at present, are white and black, so I need to ask that you try not bring white or black clothing as your only outfit. A little colour works very well. A great hint would be to pick colours that compliment your eyes. So, for example, greys, blues, lilacs, (for blue/grey eyes) beige, browns or greens, (for hazel/brown/green eyes) all work well. Simple patterns are fine so long as they are not too bold. Please try to avoid tight checks and lines, as they look too 'busy' and do not flatter in a photo.
If you have any prosthetics or disabilities that show up on a picture, please let me know before hand. We can then highlight it, or draw the attention away from it, depending on how you wish to be represented. This is especially important if you have a glass eye, as our attention will always be drawn to the eyes first, so it will show up without a little extra care.
Similarly, if you want to show specific skills, let me know beforehand, and we can see what we can do!
If you have seen a picture you like, please, bring it along! Once the initial headshot photos are done, we can try to capture you in a similar pose and lighting, so you go away with some creative shots too!
Think of it this way they need to see your face as their blank canvas. They can then decide on any extra make-up, prosthetics, wigs etc (which they may want) to highlight the character they are after. If you choose to paint this canvas to suit your own preference beforehand, you will be reducing the amount of roles you may be considered and picked for.
To this aim, here are a few guidelines that may help us achieve an accurate and appealing shot, which will catch the eye of everyone looking to cast YOU in the role they need.
The focus of your headshot should be YOU, especially your eyes, so don't wear anything that distracts from your face (bright colours, logos, frills, etc.) We should be looking at you, not at what you are wearing. Ladies, this will include heavy makeup and overpowering jewellery. Keep it subtle and simple. We want to draw attention to your eyes and nothing else.
A good guideline would be for you to attend your shoot with me, as you would attend a casting on your best day. So, dress nicely, but not too over the top. Keep your look casual, clean, and comfortable. Allow a new haircut a couple of weeks to settle in; by all means, remove a few rogue facial hairs (ensuring you allow enough time to let any redness settle) but do NOT plaster tons of make-up on the spot that appeared this morning. Heavy makeup will show on the photo, and it looks terrible, whereas a good photo editing programme can remove a pimple very easily, and far more realistically.