Posts Tagged ‘headshots’

Male Model Downtown Photoshoot

Male Model Downtown Los Angeles Fashion Photoshoot

Meet Jordan, an agency model who shot with me in downtown LA for a couple quick fashion looks for his agency comp card.  We did one denim All-American look, and one business casual GQ look, and threw in some headshots for good measure.

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Headshots: One Actor, Different Looks

Remember my blog article Getting Great Headshots: Commercial vs Theatrical?  Meet Cris, an actor just starting out here in Los Angeles.  Cris approached me in desperate need of having professional headshots, as he was doing scenes with the legendary Betty White for a new series called Off Their Rockers!

Cris opted for getting 3 different looks, to ensure he had a variety to pitch to prospective agencies and casting directors.  Even though he had a nice, albeit straightforward All-American look, we were able to showcase range with a few different looks for his headshots.  Each look was addressed both commercially and theatrically.  Check out how differences in outfits and expression and lighting give visual cues to different roles he might be suited for:

Commercial vs Theatrical Headshot for actorCollege drama heartthrob, or funny best friend?

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Commercial vs Theatrical Actor HeadshotHip downtown office worker, or shifty racketeer?

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commercial vs theatrical headshot for actorsBoy-next-door, or heroic lead?

 As you can see, with variations to clothing choices, facial expressions, and lighting scenarios, one person’s headshot session can incorporate a wide, dynamic range and open up possibilities for getting called for a variety of roles and gigs!

 

Be sure to contact me if you’re looking to get some headshots that work to help you showcase your range and abilities!

Commercial Freelancer Headshots

Professional Freelance Commercial Headshot

Meet Martina, a young burgeoning Public Relations woman starting her own company. She approached me for photos to help put a face to her services, to help market herself and build a clientele.

Though she had never gotten headshots in the past, she was a natural and brought lots of warm personality. She asked to have some fuller-bodied and 3/4 shots, and I was happy to accommodate that as well. I want to point out, too, that she had her hair and makeup professionally done. This made a huge impact on how her images came out, and she looks much more professional and put-together.

*** Be sure to contact me to find out how to get photos to promote your own business!

Getting Great Headshots: Commercial vs Theatrical

Los Angeles Commercial Headshot Photography

I’ve decided to addendum my earlier post on Getting Great Headshots to best address further details pertaining to the types of headshots you should be going for.
Here I’m going to discuss differences between commercial and theatrical headshots, and the types of roles they’re geared toward.

First, you should have a clear idea about the markets in which you want to work, and strive for headshots that cater to those markets. Are you looking for TV commercial spots or print ads?  Then you need commercial headshots.  Are you the successful office worker? The all-American suburban mom?  Bobby Blue-collar?  One or more of these types should be suggestible in a commercial headshot.  Take a look at the lead-in photo above.  The model is flashing a gorgeous smile, sparkle in her eyes, and a pink sweater for that extra “pop.”  She could probably sell most anything from toothpaste to car insurance.

Bear in mind commercial headshots should have a generally broad, national appeal.  They shouldn’t be too edgy, sexy, or in-your-face.  It has to appeal to a wide spectrum of roles and markets, to ensure your accessibility to all of them.

But how about film, TV shows, and theater roles?  Those call for a theatrical headshot.  A theatrical headshot — also sometimes referred to as a “legit” shot — defines the character and qualities that a person projects.  Are you portraying a flirty seductress love-interest?  Or the trustworthy best friend?  Do you work best as a specific type, like the edgy bad boy, or something more general, like the next-door romantic lead?  Are you a complex jazz musician?  A quirky comedic type??  Unlike the commercial shot, the theatrical headshot is mainly to convey nuances that show you’re the best fit for a more specific role.  You’re more likely to land gigs when casting directors or potential clients don’t have to stretch their imaginations that you’ll fit the part.

Theatrical Legit Actor Headshot Los Angeles

Theatrical (Legit) Headshot

Take a look at the above theatrical headshot.  The expression, location, lighting, angle, colors, and wardrobe all combine cohesively to suggest a cool, edgy, urban role.  Something you might expect from the CSI franchise, college drama series, a PSA commercial, or similar.

As a general rule, it is best to showcase both with every look, but of course certain looks can lend themselves to being one or the other.  But most importantly, make sure you find a photographer that is able to successfully get you the shots that cater to the specific markets you are after.

Feel free to take a look at my headshot gallery to see the range of commercial and theatrical headshots I can provide!

 

Getting Great Headshots

Los Angeles Musician Headshot Photography

As I’ve been getting an influx of people emailing me in regards to having their headshots taken, I thought I’d post this as a sort or catch-all to field questions and clear up any ambiguity of what makes for a great headshot, and how to get them.

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