There are many photographers out there offering professional headshots and that competition creates friendlier rates for the models and actors looking to be photographed. Finding a great price is easy but the challenge is to find a great photographer.
When you are narrowing your search for a headshot photographer choose the ones who have professional quality work and get an idea of their price range so you know who you can afford and who you cannot. Once you have selected a few photographers who have great portfolios and fit into your budget ask them some questions about their techniques based on these industry standards:
- Retouching is necessary but certain rules apply to maintain the integrity of a Headshot.
“Retouching is 70 percent skill and 30 percent art,” says master retoucher Sam Tabrizi, who works in the lab of Reproductions in Hollywood (the company also has an office in New York). “Every headshot needs retouching…
- Nothing should take away from the character of the headshot.
No Glamour Shots. Don’t use Glamour Shots, Olan Mills, Sears Portrait Studio or any other chain photographer for your headshots. While such photographers might suit your needs for family pictures, you won’t be taken seriously if you show up at an audition with one of these in tow…
- Black and white was the standard when color was too expensive to make sense. Make sure your photographer gives you color and b&w files. There is no excuse for them not to.
- Your headshot is all about you. If you get a different idea from a photographer, don’t hire them.
The more information a photographer knows about your career goals and your personality the better. If they don’t ask questions about that information they may not have your best interest in mind.
To book Rory Lewis for your Headshots please take a look at my packages.
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