Successful actor headshots make you look credible; the casting director needs to see beyond the photograph and feel your character. That’s why we craft actor headshots to make you look natural and confident, and to show a bit of personality and the right attitude.
For actor headshots, we pay much closer attention to your posture and expression to fine-tune the results. Your expression is a constellation of eyes, brows, lips and shoulders, and we have a process that helps you learn how to play with your face parts to be expressive. Our actor headshot session is interactive.
BACKDROP: we shoot actor headshots against gray, white or textured silver or subtly colored backdrop, just like high-end New York headshot photographers. Sometimes, also shoot against the building exterior out of the window for a more organic look. Casting directors appreciate your facial features with clean-cut, distraction-free backdrop. Another reason: there are more things we can do to control the strength of your jawline, skin tone and how your hair will look. We can also shoot actor headshots outdoors, but people usually create better expressions in the studio, so outdoor shots are more common for news reporters and other TV personalities where such contexts could be advantageous.
CLOTHING: the goal is to make your actor headshot look like you, so don’t choose clothing that could overpower your facial expressions. Basic, clean-cut style appropriate for your age and character, without busy designs, would be a good starting point. Clothes should be in good fit size and fresh, clean fabric and wrinkle-free. Use your favorite colors and style because you probably want to wear the same or very similar clothes when going to auditions. We also recommend to include a tank top as one of the outfit looks, as it shows your neck, collarbone and shoulders. You’re welcome to bring a lot of outfit options, and we can choose which ones to shoot in the studio.
BEAUPIX recognizes actor audition headshots as your professional tool. Know what casting directors care about, and show only what matters, in the best light. One common mistake is trying to make the pictures look fancy, like in the outfit and the backdrop.
RETOUCHING is optional. Wrinkles, skin blemishes and other temporary skin problems can be vanished or lightened; for actor headshots, the objective of retouching is to minimize the distraction and make your headshots look appropriate for who you are and what you do, rather than making the headshot look like someone else. Mature actors might want to show wrinkles to prove experience but only lightly. Young actors might want to make sure your headshots to demonstrate the range of character ages you can play. Not everyone benefits from retouching; we can decide after reviewing images.
The headshot sessions at BEAUPIX is different from other photographers in a few ways. First of all, we pay attention to your individual personality and try to get the right amount of character in the picture. You will look confident, comfortable and connecting. Years of headshot experience deliver consistently high-quality results without trying very hard. Secondly, our session includes a few image reviews in between shooting rounds. We also do a thorough review at the end of the session to choose the best pictures together, which is a lot easier than you having to do this at home. This process is a lot easier and effective with the photographer’s help. Overall, our headshot session is an interactive workshop to craft headshots together.
Package 1: a studio session, photographing up to 3 outfit looks. We’ll take many shots, with a few breaks during the session, reviewing the images to give you visual feedback and make sure we are on the right track. A typical session will yield 30 or more excellent pictures, and several of which have distinct expressions, style and characters. This session takes about 2.5 hours. The session fee is $500 (including 30 images without watermark). Professional makeup (including light hair styling) is $150.
Package 2: a studio session, photographing up to 6 outfit looks. We’ll take many pictures, with a few breaks during the session, reviewing the images to give you visual feedback and make sure we are on the right track. A typical session will yield 60 or more excellent pictures, and several of which have distinct expressions, style and characters. This session takes about 4 hours. The session fee is $800 (including 60 images without watermark). Professional makeup (including light hair styling) starts at $150.
Natural look retouching is $80–120 per image. You can decide retouching option after reviewing the pictures. You will be watching the retouching process in the studio, and you will have the opportunity to discuss which elements to retouch.
A smaller package is available for actors who previously shot at BEAUPIX returning for updates.
Payment for one-half of the session fee (plus makeup fee, if selected) is required at the time of booking your session.
Request a phone consultation, then book your session with confidence.