It’s been a busy September!

Headshot sessions have been off the hook lately…back to doing my favorite kind of work. Some are actors, some models, some business portraits and I love all these sessions.

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African American actor headshot
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Baltimore headshots
Harford County photographer
First look for young actor
tough guy headshot
teen actor headshot
Baltimore actor headshot
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2nd look
Teen actor headshot
Baltimore headshots
African American male headshot
Male actor headshot
Harford County photographer
3rd look
Teen actor headshot
Outdoor headshot
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Baltimore headshots
Harford County photographer
4th look for young actor Stanley Grizmala
Business portraits
Corporate headshots
Baltimore corporate headshot photographer
Harford County headshots
A few of the many business portraits shot for Apex Physics Partners
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blonde model headshots
Baltimore headshots
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commercial model headshots
Model Ashlin Teague- headshots for her Miami and Philadelphia agencies

Planning for your actor headshot session

If you are planning to update your headshots, be sure to think about what types of roles you are most likely to book. It’s important to get a simple, polished photo that just shows YOU, but you also should think about varying your other looks to better represent your “type.”

When it comes to wardrobe, I can’t stress this enough…bring choices! That doesn’t mean three or four t-shirts in different colors. Think layers, colors, different necklines keeping in mind the different looks you want to portray.

These are from a recent headshot session and I thought she did a fantastic job choosing her types and had plenty of clothing to suit each look.

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Baltimore headshot photographer
” The sweet girlfriend”
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Baltimore headshot
character headshot
“The tough girl”
Actor headshots
Baltimore actor headshots
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Female actor headshots
“The love interest”
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Female actor headshot
Harford County photographer
Baltimore headshot photographer
Actor Ashlin Teague headshot
Child headshots
Teen actor
Baltimore headshots
Harford County photographer
Actor headshot
Baltimore headshot
male actor headshot
Headshot photographer
Harford County photographer

Why you shouldn’t choose a photographer based on price only.

There are a lot of reasons one photographer might charge more than another….

TIME: I don’t have time limits to my sessions…I hate feeling rushed and I certainly don’t want my subject to feel rushed. So be careful of that cheap “one hour” session price some people may offer. I am also happy to spend the time needed before your shoot to send you suggestions for wardrobe, show you sample shots to help you prepare and answer any & all questions you may have.

EXPERIENCE: I have been shooting for most casting agencies and managers in the Baltimore/Washington/PA area for over 20 years. I am on the suggested photographers list provided by AFTRA/SAG. This experience has taught me that the best acting headshots are not necessarily the prettiest picture of you. They are a tool to show your personality and should represent the real you. Not the “Instagram filters, overly retouched…let’s make my eyes bigger and my nose smaller with these apps version of you.” Embrace what makes you different and show your quirks.

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character headshots
male actor headshot
Baltimore headshot photography
Harford County photographer
Actor (character) headshots; the villain, the best friend and the slick businessman copyright Amy Jones

Why hire an experienced professional? Because the cheapest photographer is probably just starting out, putting together a portfolio, or is doing photography part time to supplement another income. WHILE THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT– all of us started somewhere — his or her rookie status probably means the $75.00 photographer hasn’t a clue about industry standards for headshots, won’t know proper lighting or retouching and contrary to popular belief, you can’t learn all that by watching a few YouTube videos.

On the other hand, just because a photographer is the most expensive, doesn’t mean they are the best either.

For a brief period, I stopped shooting and became a director for a casting/modeling agency. It was short lived, but I learned a lot about why some casting people choose one person over another. Since the headshot is the first step in getting that coveted role, some people thought if they traveled to New York and hired a photographer, they would get a significantly better headshot than if they used someone locally. So the logic was “if I pay more, it must be better…right?!” “If I pay to have someone in NY do my headshots, I am more likely to get that audition…right?!”

Let me explain why this is flawed thinking on so many levels. First, just because someone lives in New York or LA, that doesn’t make them a better photographer…it just means they pay way more studio rent than I do. Photographers in larger markets have to charge more to survive. Paying more doesn’t always get you a better product. Do I believe you should pay for a great product…absolutely! There are some really talented photographers in the Baltimore area, each with a slightly different style and personality.

“SO YET ANOTHER REASON to invest in your headshots– because it means you’re invested in your craft, which in turn means you’ll be taken more seriously.”

APPARENTLY, IF YOUR HEADSHOT DOESN’T LOOK PROFESSIONAL, the experience from the casting side is that if they call you in, you’ll likely be green (inexperienced), thus deterring them from calling you in at all.

This is a quote by one of LA’s top headshot photographers, Vanie Poyey, and I couldn’t agree more. Even if you are just getting started, if you want to present yourself as an actor worth hiring, you should approach all aspects of the business as a professional.

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Baltimore headshot photography
Harford County photographer
Actor & singer Kiley with the most amazing eyes on the planet © Amy Jones
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casual business woman headshot
natural light headshot
marketing & branding headshot copyright Amy Jones
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Female actor headshot
Baltimore headshot photographer
Harford County photographer
actor headshot sample copyright Amy Jones
Child actor headshot
Child modeling photo
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Harford County photographer
child actor and model Skye copyright Amy Jones

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Natural light headshot
Harford County photographer
actor headshot © Amy Jones
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actor three quarter copyright Amy Jones
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Actor and commercial model © Amy Jones
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actor headshot copyright Amy Jones
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Teen actor headshot copyright Amy Jones
Comedy actor headshot
Funny headshot
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Comedic actor headshot © Amy Jones
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Older actress headshot
actor headshot copyright Amy Jones
Natural light headshot
Female actor headshot
Headshots for women
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Natural light headshot
Unique business headshots
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Harford County photographer
Actor headshot
Headshot for marketing
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Outdoor headshot
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commercial modeling photography
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Harford County photographer
actor & commercial modeling image © Amy Jones

Lifestyle Model Portfolio Images

Sean is an actor and commercial model represented by T.H.E. Artist Agency in DC. We started with acting headshots then planned a day of lifestyle shots so his agency could have a good mix of looks to add to their website. I found various locations near my studio to give his shots a more realistic look. It was a chilly day but we had a great session! Here are just a few of looks we did.

Male model photography
Commercial model
Commercial modeling men
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Model images chosen by T.H.E. Artist Agency for their website all images copyright Amy Jones
Actor and lifestyle image
commercial modeling photography
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business photography
Actor and commercial modeling image
Natural light headshot
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commercial model headshot
commercial model photography
Lifestyle modeling image
Commercial modeling image- Athletic
Outdoor photography
natural light photography
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Lifestyle modeling portfolio image
Lifestyle modeling
Commercial modeling
Outdoor photo session
Commercial model image

Headshots for actors and models

December was a busy month with many commercial jobs as well as studio headshots. I was lucky enough to work with some very talented, fresh faces in the business.

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Actress
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Modeling image
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Modeling/ acting image for Jalynn

Actor Lindsay Rosser new headshot images

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2nd lighting/background set up for Lindsay
Lindsay often books jobs where she plays younger than she really is, so this is her “teen” headshot
New actor headshots for Kiley Earnest (look at those eyes!)

Teen model portfolio session

I was lucky enough to work with the beautiful Lexi. She is planning on starting her modeling career this Summer and I photographed her first set of images to send to the agencies. We kept it simple and fun. Makeup and hair by Lisa Jones- Butz.

Model headshot- copyright AmyJPhoto
Lexi- model headshot
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Model headshot image-  Copyright AmyJPhoto.com
Full length model portfolio image.  Copyright AmyJPhoto.com
Full length model portfolio image

New Headshots for a New Look

Kim and I go way, way back and have shot together before. She has worked for many years doing print work, TV, film and voice-over work and recently decided to let her grey hair grow naturally. I think it looks amazing on her! So, new look means new headshots. Makeup/hair by Lindsay Shields of No Filter Glam.

A two look sessions like Kim’s includes up to 5 image files retouched for $275.00

Makeup/hair services are additional and prices vary depending on the artist

Actor Kim Tuvin headshot
Actor headshot
Actor Kim Tuvin

Ready to get back to work!

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Here I am, back in my studio, and ready to get set up for your session!

The weather is wonderful and we can finally get back out in the world. One of my favorite new lighting set ups uses natural light and working partially outside. This type of set up, I believe, will be an extra safe way to do headshot sessions. Although we will need to be closer than 6 feet to shoot, I am technically outside, but the subject is inside (sounds odd I know)! Sample images of this lighting set up below.

There is also the option of being totally outside for your headshots, weather/wind etc..can make this a little more tricky but it is certainly possible if you prefer to be 6 feet apart at all times. There are a number of interesting locations right outside the studio to give us some varied backgrounds. I will also add a few samples images of this option below.

I will only have one person in the studio at any given time and will allow plenty of time for thorough cleaning in between sessions also, I am happy to wear a mask if you prefer.

Full sessions are available with multiple backgrounds (the set up described above and also classic studio set up) or a quicker mini session with just the natural light.

Everyone is different and has different wants/needs when it comes to headshots. I am happy to create a custom session just for you. Whether it’s a super fast headshot for busy realtors or a full session with multiple clothing changes for actors, I can get that done.

Just like you, I love to make appointments online! However, since we really need to get to know each other a bit, I think it’s important to have an email exchange where we can discuss what type of images you prefer and I can give you a feel for how I work. It’s painless, I promise! Just shoot me a quick email, and let’s talk about what days/times are good for you and I can get the info necessary to quote you the best price possible. Amy@AmyJPhoto.com

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Sample of outside/inside lighting set up
Actor headshot
Sample of outside/inside lighting set up
Actor headshot
Sample of outside/inside lighting set up
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Sample of outside/inside lighting set up
Business portrait and personal branding image
Full outside headshot using my staircase
Teen actress headshot
Full outside headshot session for young actor
Teen actor headshot
Full outside headshot image for actor

Headshots are not just for actors and models….

It is what I do most…headshots! Almost everyone needs one. Here are just a few!

I can do a quick mini session for realtors or other busy professionals. For performers, I can offer smaller or larger sessions to give you multiple looks with wardrobe changes.

Just email me and we can discuss what you need. Amy@AmyJPhoto.com

Baltimore headshot, Maryland headshot, Marketing headshot, Social media marketing image
Personal branding and marketing headshot
Personal branding photos for life coach Lisa Roulette.
Amy is wonderful.  She is not only exceptionally talented by trade but she makes the shoot experience easy and incredibly comfortable.  I am camera shy and not confident when posing or looking into the lens but with Amy’s direction and guidance we always get amazing shots that make me look like a natural.  I would highly recommend working with Amy.”   Lisa Roulette
Maryland headshot.  Baltimore actor headshot.  Personal branding headshot. Social media
Personal branding, marketing and corporate headshot use
Non traditional corporate headshots
Maryland headshots
Baltimore headshots
Business headshots
Zack is a recruiter for mechanics and wanted a headshot that wasn’t too traditionally “corporate.”
Headshot for lifestyle blog and website marketing.  Personal branding image
Headshot for lifestyle blogger
Corporate business headshot
LinkedIn headshot
Website headshot
Corporate headshot done in my studio
Dancer headshot.  Maryland headshot photographer for performers
Maddie is a dancer. She needed a headshot for her audtions.
Maryland corporate headshot
Business headshot
Baltimore headshot
Corporate headshot and personal branding/marketing image used for LinkedIn
Pianist and business headshot for Michael Faircloth
Pianist Michael Faircloth headshot for marketing and advertising use
Website headshot.  Maryland headshot
Baltimore headshots
Corporate headshots
Non traditional business headshots
Adele Marie Headshot for website and business use. Personal branding image