This month I have been doing a lot of headshots, actor portfolios and business portraits.
These can be quite varied and depend a lot on the end aim of the client, it could be the start of an acting career, applying for a drama course or wanting to try out different looks for different directions.
The skill in producing a headshot is to understand what the person is aiming for but also to have some real world experience in dealing with the people they are applying to. Thats where the experience comes in, a simple facial expression change here or a body movement or wardrobe change there can make all the difference.
A few years ago I built a studio specifically for headshots and for small to medium sized product shots and setups. I have a number of different lighting scenarios always keyed in to give a range of looks.
This has since progressed beyond the realm of actors with more business people looking a similar range of portfolio work for the range of media they are presenting on. Your website or business card photo should be different from your linkedin photo which should be different from your facebook business page and so on. This should also be an organic thing with the range of photos showing breadth and depth.
We are at last hopefully consigning the arms folded leaning against the wall shot to the recycle bin in favour of more in depth and more story shots. A record shot is still required for certain uses but it can be open to interpretation and indeed can be more environmental.
Im seeing more and more environmental portraits being combined into a social media and advertising/commercial strategy. Its no longer an either/or but now a this and this and maybe that as well.
Go on, have a think about what your headshot says about you, before I send the boys round…