What Are Actors Headshots?
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Headshots are a type of portrait photo used by actors to help them land acting roles. Casting directors use headshots, which showcase the subject’s facial features as well as their ability to nail one certain expression in order for applicants stand out from other stacks of applications at auditions. A great headshot can make all difference in getting casted-and working consistently on screen!

Sydney headshot photographer

A great photo is the perfect way to kick off your acting career!

Headshot photographs are used in acting, particularly by those starting out and may have dramatic impact on whether you get invited to audition.Casting directors often rely on first impressions to determine who will be allowed to audition for their roles. They will look at your headshot photo to determine whether you are the right person to play that important part in a movie or TV show.

Why are actor headshots important?


For an actor, who has not yet developed a substantial body of work and wants to get more acting opportunities, headshots are the primary tool for attracting casting agents’ attention.  This is the point at which you want to stand out with a strong image to represent you.

Sydney acting headshot photographer

What’s the difference between a business headshot and an actor headshot?


Some people might think that an actor’s headshot is just like any other photograph. But for a casting director, body language and expressions are what really matters in order to extract the necessary information from your photo so they can find you suitable roles! That’s why I work with all of my actors on getting images which convey your personality as well as emotion.


What is takes to get a great photo


I order to get the perfect shots you need to start with the right foundations.  These include:

  • The right environment
  • Being relaxed
  • No time limit for your session
  • No wardrobe change limit
  • Preparation
  • Coaching and guidance
  • Different styles and backgrounds
  • Open discussion betwen talent and photographer


What I offer you


When you book with me you can rest assured that I will work as hard as I can to help you get the best image possible.  In order to do this, I’ve structured my sessions to include all of the following.


  • No time limit.  I only book 2 sessions per day.  A morning session and an afternoon session.  I do this so you can relax and not feel rushed. Being relaxed is key to getting a great shot.
  • A number of different styles.  My lighting setup is unique.  It is a high-key, high class lighting setup that is only possible with high-end lighting equipment that is impossible to recreate with consumer products.  I also offer a number of different backgrounds.  I am constantly in discussions with casting directors and people in the industry to find out what the latest trends are to get you noticed more than your competition.
  • Complete coaching and guidance on everything from expression to posing. Acting is very different to modelling. Actors can sometimes struggle to adjust to the changes needed for a great shot so I will guide you through every step of the way.
  • Prepartion is key in having a successful session.  This is why I provide you with a preparation guide to make sure you are as prepared as possible before your session.
  • Different crop versions as well as orientation.  Crops can be very important when submitting images to a casting director.  Something as simple as a crop can be the difference between being considered or not. During our shoot I will show you how different crops can change the feel of the photograph and how we can change your expressions by matching the crop and vice-versa.
  • Black and white versions.  You may think that black and white images are not longer used in the industry but you should consider that there arestll some “old shool” casting directors who prefer black and white photos.  I provide these as part of my service so you have them available if you need them.
  • Culling guidance.  At the end of our session, we will sit together and review the images.  I will give you feedback if a photo works or not.  I can point out the images a casting director may like and which ones they may not like.  This way you can make an informed decision when choosing the final images.
  • Retouching is very different for actor headshots.  There are some hard rules and what is and what is not ok. Knowing this, is critical when submitting images and I make sure all images are edited correctly.

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We schedule your shoot and I send you my preparation guide to help you get ready.


Shoot day!  We organise your wardrobe and we spend as much time as you'd like capturing images.  There is no time limit and no limit on wardrobe changes.


As soon as the shoot is complete, you and I review the images and decide which ones you wish to purchase.  Those images will then go to my retoucher where you will get the refreshed look.

What to know more about Actor’s Headshots such as how to pick the perfect photographer for your and how to prepare for your actor headshot photography session?  Click the button below.

What’s next?


If you have any question or you would like to book with me, fill the form below or contact me via the contact page and will be happy to get back to you.

I don’t do pushy sales tactics so if you just want more information, reach out and I would be happy to help regardless of you booking with me or not.


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