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What Kind of Headshot is Best For An Actor?

As a professional headshot photographer in Northern Virginia, for the past 5 years I have been shooting quality headshots for the cost-conscious small business, actor, and those that smartly utilize social media outlets.  Your headshot should look like you – not a glamour shot. It’s my goal to ensure we accomplish that objective. I pride myself in listening to you and understanding what it is you need from your headshot.

Here is a quick, down and dirty explanation of the various types of headshots associated with the acting industry.  Look for more down and dirty tidbits on headshots in future posts.

For actors, what kind of headshot is best?

For the actor, think about the roles you might want to play. Are you interested in commercials, film, industrial/educational, and/or theater?  Take a look at other people’s headshots. Thumb through magazines and make a list of your likes and dislikes. If you’ve had a headshot made before, bring it so we can talk about it. Headshots fall into two general categories: “commercial” and “legit”. In the first kind of shot, used for commercials, your smile is important because you want to communicate enthusiasm. The legit shot is used primarily for film, television or theater. In this kind of shot you can display some attitude, more intensity and appear more dramatic.

No matter what your current goals are as far as parts you want to play, it’s usually a good idea to have both types of headshots available.

You can easily begin the process of scheduling a headshot session by sending me a note through the contact page. Or, if you simply want to discuss your headshot needs and want to bounce around some ideas, give me a call at 571-332-0208 (10AM – 6-PM).

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