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Headshot Mistakes: Distracting Jewelry
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Continuing my series of blog posts on Headshot Mistakes … things I’m seeing every day … Common mistakes actors make in their headshots. This one is actually a twofer. First and foremost, this necklace is completely wrong for headshots. The globes are bigger than her eyes and it stands out bright and bold – demanding your attention. Which leads to the second one –...

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Headshot Mistakes: Clothing Choices
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Continuing my series of blog posts on Headshot Mistakes … things I’m seeing every day … Common mistakes actors make in their headshots. Wardrobe selection is one of the most important elements of your headshot. You want something that looks good on you, but you have to remember – what looks good on you in person may be way too much for a headshot....

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Headshot Mistakes: Poor Lighting
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Continuing my series of blog posts on Headshot Mistakes … things I’m seeing every day … Common mistakes actors make in their headshots. You see it all the time. Photographers advertising that they are a “natural light photographer.” This is often code for “I don’t understand lighting, so I just photograph what I think looks good in the sunlight.” Not all of them are...

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Headshot Mistakes: The School Portrait
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Continuing my series of blog posts on Headshot Mistakes … things I’m seeing every day … Common mistakes actors make in their headshots. This one falls into the “Don’t. Just don’t” category. Its tempting, especially if you’re in a rush and you need a headshot RIGHT NOW to send out. You pull out the recent school picture and send it in. A school portrait...

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Headshot Mistakes: Over Retouch
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Continuing my series of blog posts on Headshot Mistakes … things I’m seeing every day … Common mistakes actors make in their headshots. Do you know why its sometimes difficult to look at photographs of ourselves? We are used to looking at ourselves in reflections. We use the mirror multiple times a day. We see ourselves reflected in glass. Its a familiar face looking...

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Headshot Mistakes: Wrong Angle, Too Close, Wrong Lens
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Continuing my series of blog posts on Headshot Mistakes … things I’m seeing every day … Common mistakes actors make in their headshots. This is one that I see far too often. I blame it on the “selfie” that actors like this angle of themselves. In truth, this is done by photographers who are trying to get “creative” – trying to add excitement to...

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Headshot Mistakes: Making Kids Even Smaller
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Continuing my series of blog posts on Headshot Mistakes … things I’m seeing every day … Common mistakes actors make in their headshots. Children. A lot of photographers don’t like photographing them. Its hard to get them to settle and relax. Its hard to get them to stop doing that “CHEESE” smile and freezing every time a camera is pointed their way. Its true,...

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Headshot Mistakes: Bad Posing and Posture
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Continuing my series of blog posts on Headshot Mistakes … things I’m seeing every day … Common mistakes actors make in their headshots. It’s easy to ignore. We like to think “it’s just a headshot,” but your posture can have a huge impact on how your headshot looks. Even when the photo is just head and shoulders, you have to pose your entire body...

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Headshot Mistakes: Too Much of a Good Thing
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Continuing my series of blog posts on Headshot Mistakes … things I’m seeing every day … Common mistakes actors make in their headshots. This one is especially common with actors starting out – they put on way too much makeup for their headshot session. This has a tendency to make your headshot look more like a glamour or fashion portrait than it does a...

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Headshot Mistakes: Teens Looking Too Old
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This is the first in what will be an ongoing series of blog posts. I will be showing examples I’m seeing every day of common mistakes actors make in their headshots. This first one is teens looking too old. It seems especially common with teenage girls who want to look older, but honestly, its very rare for you to be cast in any role...

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