Working with Actors and Entertainers is a really fun job and what I do as a headshot photographer is so important to the success of my client’s career. A headshot is a valuable marketing tool for people in the entertainment industry. You need to understand how to capture someone’s personality in order to create a strong headshot portfolio for your clients.
Being a freelancer means I’m always working, even if I don’t have work, I should always be open to meeting a new person, going to an event or helping a friend out with a project. This city is run by relationships: if people know you or recognize you, they will be more likely to remember you for jobs.
Building up your Fashion & Beauty Portfolio takes a lot of time, patience and serious commitment. Having a strong Fashion & Beauty Portfolio will help you gain clients within your industry and doing test shoots are a great way that you can build your portfolio.
Beauty Photography is used to sell things like makeup, skincare, hair products and jewelry. For inspiration, look in magazines and in cosmetics aisles, observe advertising with beauty shots. Notice how the makeup is applied, and look to see how the photos were edited and retouched. Look for the beauty trends that are on the runway.
As a headshot photographer I not only photograph just actors & entertainers, but I’ve photographed a bunch of different business professionals. There are similarities to Acting Headshots and Corporate Headshots but there are also some differences you need to be aware of when taking on these different clients, so I’m breaking down a few key elements to the photo shoot.
I recently relocated to New York City. One thing I wasn’t able to bring was my beautiful collection of seamless backdrops, but luckily I was able to get my hands on a few of Savage’s Collapsible Backdrops which have become a saving grace for me.
Something about Mocha was just right; it wasn’t too light or too dark, the color itself was vibrant but not overpowering and it seemed to be right in the middle of the other neutral tones. I felt like I could manipulate the background the best; make it lighter or darker to suit the needs of each shoot.
When I first received the roll of Plum Seamless Paper at my studio, I was happy to add another bright color to my backdrop inventory. I noticed the beautiful hints of magenta and the brightness of the paper’s color and knew that it would be really versatile for me to use in the studio, whether I was shooting editorial fashion, bright headshots and anything in between.
There are so many different techniques and tricks that Photographers have been using for years to create unique effects on their photos (and videos). I hold and move the object in front and around my lens until I get my desired look. You can add some objects to your kit and use them in the studio or take them with you on location; you may even have these at home!
My Instagram account has evolved and changed a lot since I started posting back in 2011. At the end of 2014 I started to really focus on making my feed more cohesive to fit my business’ brand. I wanted my gallery to be similar to my photography: colorful and vibrant, so I embraced my iPhone’s camera and began to use my Savage Seamless Paper to add a punch of color to my posts!