'Can you make my eyes look a lighter blue and can you make my face look thinner?"
I hear this allot from my clients and I always breath a big sigh before placing the camera down on the floor and going into the do's and don'ts of head shot photography!
The danger is turning up for your audition and the casting team looking at your picture and saying "One minute, This is not anything like you" This horrific scenario does happen and although not shared verbally by the auditioning team could seriously effect your chances of getting the part.
Ok, There is always the pre-shoot zit that seems to always appear the night before or the nervous rash that creeps up when you are not expecting it. A good pre shoot edit will lighten the bags, remove the spots and clean up any other un-wanteds hanging around the mouth or nostril area.
Your head Shots should be an enlightening introduction to your face, your eyes and the potential of a character. Ever been on a internet date and the person who turns up looks nothing like the picture you were attracted to..... No..... Well nor have I then!
Remember, You are the focal point not the back ground and you should consider various positions, expressions and garments for varying roles and parts. A good photographer will advise you of this as your shoot progresses. Colour is starting to become very poplar thank you to our cousins in the US of A however, traditional black and white head shots are still the preferred median when it comes to classical acting roles.
Ask the photographer what they are shooting in and insist on seeing your images as the shoot progresses. Most importantly, Do not feel rushed and and make sure you get on with the person shooting you. Your energy and presence is reflected through every image they will capture.
ALRA Special. £125 for a 4 hour sitting, 16 final images.