Actor headshots are incredibly fun for photographers. Especially those of us who shoot "normal" people as well. I love working with all types of people in general. When I'm on a corporate job shooting bankers, stockbrokers, sales people, lawyers and others... I can usually get some range of expression. When I work with actors the session usually goes twice as long as we planned, we laugh a great deal, and the expressions becomes so nuanced, the images so numerous, that it takes weeks to sort out the work. Most of "my actors" end up leaving with twice the images and retouches as the job called for. Rylee Bunton was certainly no exception to this. Rylee is a blast and you can't help but like her from moment one. She is warm and genuine and has an incredible work ethic. I just think we'll be seeing a lot of Rylee in the years to come. To me it seems like she'd have quite a range as an actor. I hope to work with her again in some capacity.
I begin to hear different takes on what the quality of acting headshots needs to be. I remember as a musician pitching demos in Nashville. Some A&R folks would say, "Keep it bare bones, Just you and a guitar, if it's there I'll hear it!" Others wanted to hear where the song could go with some production. So I took the low investment route and kept it bare bones. I think it was a mistake. I got great feedback from other songwriters but never made it past the A&R person's voice mail. Granted most do not. But here's the thing. Picture a casting director seated at their computer and they have 300 headshots to sort through. What will grab their attention more. A carefully lit, retouched, and crafted headshot? Or a cell phone shot?
The truth is you probably have about one second or so to make an impression. It's not even casting folks thumbing through 8x10's anymore. I'm told that happens and I know actors that get them printed but more and more everything is going on-line. I really feel you need to make the most of that one second or fraction of a second.
Actor Headshot Sessions
I'd love to work with you on your Atlanta acting headshots. I don't book appointments back to back. Sometimes I might shoot two in a day but usually one. I have access to a hair and make-up artist if you need one. I think most of the time you do not need one but it really depends on your age. If you're need headshots for a specific role in mind then yes you might want to hire MUA. If you are young and take care of yourself a little bit of eyeliner and some concealer does wonders.
How many shots do I get from my session?
You get them all! Now we will agree on how many should be retouched with the price point you choose. You will always walk away with more retouched then that because 1) I can't seem to help myself and 2) I'm a big believer in Lagniappe! But you can have all the images from your session. I will only retouch what we agree on and my favorites. The difference is bringing them into Photoshop and simply developing them in Adobe Lightroom. There is a difference. The retouches are always going to look better.
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