My Approach to Headshots

Get seen more with stunning headshots from one of the UK’s foremost headshot photographers.

 

My industry insight and photographic skill mean we’ll subtly capture your casting in photos fit for 2018 and beyond, whether for the UK or US.

How We Work Together

You, the Unique Actor

I treat you as an individual, learning how you’ve been cast, the roles you’d like & what your agent wants, carefully considering your skin tone, facial structure & hair/eye colour.

Your Input

It’s not just me shooting your noggin, I ask you to get involved: I send a welcome pack to help you prepare clothing, makeup and hair ideas, and think about a short brief for me. Early on during the shoot we review a batch of shots so together we can calibrate your subtle performance for stills, then review on the camera as we shoot on to help you fine tune hair, makeup or the ‘look’. You might find my ‘8 Prep Steps for Better Headshots‘ preparation video helpful.

Oh, God! Posing

I was an actor myself, so I know how awkward it can feel in front of a stills camera: I direct you throughout the session, and use simple posing techniques that will help you ‘perform’, while looking perfectly natural. . Check out my ‘How to Pose for Actors Headshots: 9 Pro Tips‘ video

Shooting Varied 'Looks'

I don’t have one look that I repeat, I shoot what works for you. I help you make the right choices of top, and direct you to achieve different subtle moods across the shoot, while using different backgrounds, lighting techniques & ‘feels’ of shot.

What's a 'Look'?

I encourage you to make a short brief, but I don’t think it’s necessary to shoot a 12-strong lookbook of character types, or 35 tops in quick succession. Instead, I prefer to think of the ‘looks’ and lighting set ups /backgrounds we’re aiming to shoot, so that we create detailed portraits that capture you and subtly hint at your casting types. A ‘look’ isn’t exact: it means a detailed, carefully composed, and well-lit set up or ‘scene’, in which we work through the detail of your motivation and expression. That normally means we find a range of expression within a ‘look’. So your ‘classic’ look, might be classic, but actually achieve warm contemporary feels too. And layering on a jacket, or quickly changing a T-shirt, can be part of one look; it just depends. For reference, ‘The Pro’ sessions normally allow for us to work in detail with 3 looks, 4 if we are racing ahead, giving you a Spotlight profile that is rounded, punchy and eyecatching, where each shot earns its place.

My Expertise

The APHPOf course you can rely on my industry and photographic expertise: The Stage recently called me a “Top Theatre Photographer” and I’m a founder-member and Chairman of the APHP. Also, how many other photographers do you know who have surveyed all UK casting directors in the last year? But involving you is the best way to get eye-catching shots that capture your casting.

Sounds serious?

I am serious about your shoot, but that doesn’t mean it’s a laugh-free zone. My sessions are relaxed – even fun – with music, tea and chat (or a fag, if that’s what you need), so you feel and look at ease in front of camera. Check out my testimonials for the hard evidence… 

The Session & Booking

Based on own my 6 years (and four headshot sessions!) as an actor, as well as over 6 years of shooting with lovely actors, I’ve settled on a session that seems to satisfy the different needs of my clients, whether they are seasoned professionals, students at drama school, refreshing a portfolio, or creating a whole new set of shots. You can check it out at the link.

Got more questions?

Here’s my FAQ, my full Headshot Terms are here, and If you’ve got any questions, just get in touch.