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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” The sweet girlfriend”
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“The tough girl”
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“The love interest”
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Actor Ashlin Teague headshot
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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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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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Actor & singer Kiley with the most amazing eyes on the planet © Amy Jones
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One of my favorite clients…Lily Trotters!

Badass and beautiful compression socks. This shoot was mainly about product shots for the updated website but we also did a handful of model shots with some real life customers. Taylor is a singer, power-lifter and all around amazing lady. Then there was the handsome Myles who is a personal trainer and incredibly fun to photograph. Rachel works for the brand and is the face of most of the fun Lily Trotters videos on Instagram. This shoot was done in my Harford County based studio.

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Jalynn Kristen modeling white new style- Lily Trotters
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“Pride” style- modeled by Taylor
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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.

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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
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Personal branding, marketing and corporate headshot use
Non traditional corporate headshots
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Business headshots
Zack is a recruiter for mechanics and wanted a headshot that wasn’t too traditionally “corporate.”
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Headshot for lifestyle blogger
Corporate business headshot
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Corporate headshot done in my studio
Dancer headshot.  Maryland headshot photographer for performers
Maddie is a dancer. She needed a headshot for her audtions.
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Pianist and business headshot for Michael Faircloth
Pianist Michael Faircloth headshot for marketing and advertising use
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Adele Marie Headshot for website and business use. Personal branding image

Fashion show event photography

Event photography for hair care company.
Corporate event photography for hair care company.  

Event image for trending hairstyles show.
Master hairstylist showing cutting techniques to attendees from all over the world.

Full ballroom photograph

Additional instruction from stylists on hair texture.

Corporate event images. Fashion show and instruction on hair products.
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Website and catalog images

Photographing gorgeous jewelry with a beautiful model for website and catalog images is a good day for a photographer.  I was lucky enough to connect with String of Jewels and wonderful company run by a creative and sweet women named Traci Cormell.  Website and catalog images.

String of Jewels catalog and website use
String of Jewels catalog and website use

Earring catalog and website use
Earring catalog and website use

Advertising images for Lily Trotters

Lily Trotters bad-ass and beautiful compression socks!  What a fun project.  I was asked to shoot a mix of images for their website and lookbook.  I was able to book some of my favorite models and shoot at a great location.  There is nothing better for me than being able to shoot commercial images with a fashion feel.

Model Amber Affeldt
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Models Michele Goodman and Sonia Bowie Lily Trotters advertising image

Model Amanda Wagner Lily Trotters advertising image

Fashion Photography

Fashion Photography gives me the opportunity to work with models, makeup/hair people and stylists.  Sometimes we are shooting for a magazine and sometimes it’s for a model’s portfolio/zed card.  No matter what the reason, I love being able to be creative!

Harford Style magazine-Sun Media Group Fashion Designer feature
Harford Style magazine-Sun Media Group Fashion Designer feature

Sun Media Group Fashion Designer feature
Sun Media Group Fashion Designer feature

Model portfolio/zed card
Model portfolio/zed card

Editorial fashion for Harford Style Magazine
Editorial fashion for Harford Style Magazine

Bridal Fashion- Harford Style Magazine
Bridal Fashion- Harford Style Magazine

Fashion shoot for clothing designer
Fashion shoot for clothing designer