Texas Headshots, Dallas/Fort Worth Actor Headshots
Your image is the most important item you have for marketing yourself. Ninety-nine percent of the time, the face that is looking out from that piece of paper is the first impression an agent or director will have of you; and as the saying goes, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” When a casting call goes out, they may receive hundreds of different headshots in the mail. The casting directors will spend, on average, about one second per image as they sift through the pile of envelopes. If your headshot doesn’t leap off the page, it may never be looked at again.
If you aren’t showing your headshot to everyone you meet, excited to show it off, you need a new headshot.
If you are handing your headshots to people and feeling like you need to apologize or explain it, you need a new headshot.
If you aren’t excited about your headshot, why would a casting director or agent get excited? Mediocrity is a one way ticket to the “cut” pile. You have to stand apart. Believe in your headshot.
Bad actors work all the time. Bad Headshots don’t.
You and I will work as a team to produce that killer headshot. Just like your auditions, preparation is key. Relax and immerse yourself in the moment to get the image that will get you the role. No one can guarantee you will get work, but the fact is that many actors and models who have seen me have landed agents, roles, and scholarships after their session. A good headshot gets results.
What I can guarantee is that you will be satisfied with the entire process. During the session, we keep working until we have the look we are wanting. Good enough is not enough. If I feel I cannot get it during that session, we will discuss the issue. If it is because you are not able to fully engage for that session (for one reason or another), I have a liberal reschedule policy.
After the session, we will choose the images to use together (or send them to your agent for their input). The chosen images will be retouched and you will receive the full resolution version of that file, two versions of it ready to go to your printer – formatted 8×10 with a border and your name on it to save you money, and a web sized version of the file with your name on it to use in email and for an extra professional look when posting them online or e-mailing them.
Your headshot can be done at our studio, your home, your office, backstage, or wherever else you happen to be. It can be set up, made with two or three different poses and backgrounds, and done before you know it.
Preparing for Your Headshot Session
Actor headshots are like a product photo you see in a magazine, only your face is the product. They are made better by simplifying, by removing the jewelry, by avoiding the heavy makeup, and by choosing clothing that draws attention to the face, not the clothes. Unless the clothes are part of the statement – of the person you are trying to portray, it is best when they fade back from the center of attention.
When choosing the correct wardrobe for a headshot session, bring a variety of solid colors and combinations that can be layered, such as a white crew neck t-shirt with a denim or leather jacket or a tank top with a light sweater. Stay away from things like logos, spaghetti straps, and busy patterns. These clothes may look good on you in person and may describe your personality, but they do not make for a good headshot. Wardrobe needs to be well thought out, but still simple so it does not draw attention away from you.
For men, a jacket with bulky arms can add to the masculine feel of an image. Leather jackets and suit coats with padded shoulders are excellent for this. Don’t go too overboard, though. Make sure it fits your body type so that it doesn’t look like you are trying to hard or in clothing that is too big for you.
For women, a thin sweater or light jacket is great to layer over the solid colors. Be very careful of shoulder pads in jackets and blouses as they can add the appearance of extra weight in a head and shoulders image. A tank top or sleeveless blouse can have the same effect for different reasons – the upper arms stand out in the image and tend to make you look very wide. Its best to steer clear of both. Also, keep jewelry and makeup to a minimum. Makeup should be only to soften fine lines and lightly enhance eyes and lips, not look like you are ready for a night on the town. If you have pierced ears, small studded earrings are fine and you can also get away with a thin chain with a small pendant.
For kids under 16, be sure to keep the clothing light and comfortable but make absolute sure it fits. Clothing they can “grow into” is great for every day wear, but for a headshot, you want them to look their best. Snappy, new clothes are best. For girls, jewelry should be kept to the same rules as the women above, however, makeup should be used extremely sparingly. Any girl under 18 is not going to be cast to play an older woman – they will always be cast to be younger than they are. Makeup only makes them look older. So keep it fresh and clean – bring lip gloss and eyeliner just in case we need to add just a little shape, but 99% of the time, girls should not have any makeup at all.
Above all, bring your wardrobe in on hangers. There are places to hang things up in the studio. Your clothing needs to look fresh, not recently folded or stuffed in a bag.
How Much Does It Cost?
Actor Headshot Session – $399 Most Popular
Up to three hours long and an unlimited number of wardrobe/location changes within that session – at our studio or other locations. It includes at least 5 finished, retouched images, unlimited usage rights for those files, and 5 8×10 prints of each of those images. Resized versions for online usage such as Actors Access, IMDb, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, Websites, and email are also included. Turn around time is typically one week. Rush processing available at an additional charge.
Starting Actor Headshot Session – $199
Typically lasting about an hour in our studio with two wardrobe changes, it includes at least 2 finished, retouched images, unlimited usage rights for those files, and 5 8×10 prints of each of those images. Resized versions for online usage such as Actors Access, IMDb, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, Websites, and email are also included. Turn around time is typically one week. Rush processing available at an additional charge.
Makeup and Hair – $50 (Studio Only)
Look your best with our professional makeup artist and/or hair styling (no cutting).