In theater, film, and television, actors, models, singers, and other entertainers are often required to include a head shot, along with their résumé, when applying for a job. These days it is important for everyone to have a headshot, whether for business or personal use. Our head shots are usually more artistic: they intend to portray the subject in the best possible light. Head shots often feature the person facing off-center. We will often have head shots expressing different poses and expressions to give a potential employer an idea of the subject’s range of appearances or expressions. These types of head shots are called “looks.” It is common for you to have different head shots for different needs, but for the most part these consist of a change in attire. The head shots that include a person’s shoulders are called “three-quarter” shots. Previously, head shots were often in black-and-white; however, most head shots are now taken in color.
The main purpose of a head shot is identification. Therefore, the most important feature of an actor’s head shot is that it represents the subject. Theatrical head shots are usually very “neutral” looking shots of the actor clearly showing their facial features.
Head shots are intended to show a person as they currently appear and reflect their best qualities. Therefore, if your hair has been recently cut or colored, they would often get a new head shot to reflect their new image. Additionally, if an actor has a scar or facial blemish, it is expected to be visible on the head shot and not digitally removed from the image. Pimples or spots are temporary and, therefore, are usually digitally retouched.
Many people don’t like having their pictures. They compare the experience of sitting for head shots on the same level as pulling a tooth.
Not so with our studio crew. One reason we are able to get such great pictures is because we make you feel comfortable, relaxed and at ease. Unlike a lot of other studios, we actually take the time to talk to our clients. It’s amazing how everyone feels so much more relaxed when they get a chance to speak about themselves. We want to create photographs that show your personality and convey the correct image.
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St Louis Photographer