Your clients are counting on you to provide powerful images that cannot be ignored. When your 8×10″ glossy lands on a casting agent’s desk, you can be guaranteed that it will not be alone. There will be hundreds of other smiling, two-dimentional faces looking up at them begging for the job.
The key is to make your headshot stand out, jump off the page, grab their interest and imagination and ultimately book the job.
This is from last week’s headshot session with Steve Atkins. He’s 23, works a full-time job outside of modeling, but desparately wants to do something else with his life. And his looks. And his personality. And his charm. And his warmth.
Modern headshots are not traditionally delivered in black and white anymore, yet I thought this shot was particularly powerful in black and white. Color in a photograph can enhance and enrich the photograph. A black and white photograph must stand alone on the image itself. I think Steve’s face and smile are enough in this case. No color required to make this shot stand out.
Oh. One more thing. Steve’s got more going for him than his killer smile, bright eyes and charming personality. He’s also got a killer body, heterosexually-speaking.
These are not traditional headhots. The body shots are for his comp card, which for models normally consist of five different views of the model showing other sides of their personality and attributes.
One of your goals in shooting these is to provide different looks for the casting director. Do they need a smiling, sweet-looking, handsome young man for the role? Steve can do that.
Do they need a tough, intimidating, photographically-frightening thug?
Steve can do that.
Do they need someone somewhere in the middle?
Steve can do that too.
The entire key to good headshot photography is to get your photograph noticed. Make it stand out. Make it clean and technically perfect. Add a little drama and mood. Have a great model. Do not submit anything less than a professional shot. You won’t get a second look. You won’t even get an audition without a great headshot.
I’ve had incredible success with my headshots. The models and actresses I’ve photographed have been hired by HSN, TV commercials and for a soon-to-launch national TV show, as well as on the boxes of a lighting product endorsed by Tampa Bay’s Martha Stewart-equivalent Darlene Cahill.
Do you need headshots? I’m offering 100 dollars off. Email to set up an appointment and mention “Headshot Hotel” for the discount.
Thank you Steve!
Thank you all.