There’s a million headshot photographers out there in Los Angeles, California. Sometimes it can be difficult to find the right one that is perfect for you. Often times headshot photographers may be able to shoot a certain type very well, but unable to correctly light people of different skin tones to make the photograph pop. Therefore, it’s important for anyone looking to get headshots done to examine the portfolios of headshot photographers and see if they have experience shooting someone similar to you. Below we’ve listed a few tips for when you look for the right headshot photographer unique to you.
Above all, knowing your type is one of the most important elements before taking a headshot. The headshot should be taken by a professional headshot photographer because they know what agents, casting directors and managers are looking for. It is unlikely that a wedding photographer, nature photographer, portrait photographer, or your friend understand the specific requirements of an actor’s headshot. Remember, every booking counts, and all it takes is one to get your foot through the door into the entertainment industry. Anthony Mongiello understands what it takes to help you book work.
A working headshot is one that is unique to you, and you want to always look like there is something subtle that is going on.
If the shot is too specific, it limits what the casting director can imagine you as. For example, if you are a really character-y actor, you don’t want to go overboard with some expression because then it becomes too specific.
Knowing the types you go out for and having specific shots for each. College kid. Young professional. Athlete.
A headshot should be a photo of your face in it’s entirety. It’s ok if a little bit of your face can’t be seen, but once the headshot becomes too angled so casting directors think that you’re hiding portions of your face, you should select a different headshot. Hair line is also important — it’s okay to have some hair cut off, but industry professionals should see what you really look like.
Professional lighting can make or break your headshot. A photographer that knows how to properly light your headshot will make it sharp, poppy and contrasted.
What you wear in your photos should be a suggestion of characters you get called into. Not being overly extreme. A formal businessman doesn’t need to wear glasses — the photo should just look more put together and proper.
Make sure your hair fits the type that you’re going for. Don’t have spiky hair if you want to be portrayed as a conservative businessman.
As mentioned before with composition errors, angling the headshot so you cant see the entirety of the face is no good. I believe you can have a headshot at an angle, but you shouldn’t be doing it to hide something.
Casting directors immediately will recognize this and could impact them calling you in in the future.
Women should always hire a professional make-up artist who works commonly for the camera. Makeup combined with minor retouching can result in a great headshot. Anthony Mongiello works with a professional make up artist for women and does the make up of men by himself.
For more information about what makes the perfect actor’s headshot, feel free to check out Anthony Mongiello’s extensive actor portfolio on his website, or e-mail him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. No matter whom you end up choosing to shoot your actor headshots, make sure that you get the best possible photograph by referring to these tips!