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Let’s talk about Kid Acting Headshots

I have been photographing children for almost 9 years.  My photography business began when I started taking pictures of my kids and posting them on facebook.  There is an art to taking photograph of kids.  The trick to taking great kid acting headshots is being able to move with them.  Children are naturally full of energy and like to bounce around a lot.  My photography style is quick, efficient and fun.

 

 

“Your headshot is your calling card,” she says. “It’s what’s going to get you that first audition, that first agent, and will pull you into the business.”- Backstage

Every actor needs a headshot

Kid actor’s are no exception to this rule.   We all want success and a future in our profession.  Kid actors are no exception this!  A great headshot will get you the first audition or the first agent.  It can get you into the right places at the right time.  That is what we all striving for, right?  Kid actor headshots need to be genuine.  A real smile will make your child’s headshot jump off the page!  (That is why we like to have so much fun on our shoots! )

How to Book Your kid acting headshots

First and foremost, call me!  We can go over everything over the phone.  With so much casting done online, you will want at least 3-5 images that you can use.  This means that your child will need multiple outfits.  I want to make sure that the colors you pick out go well with your child’s skin tone and color of their eyes.  We will then decide on a couple different locations.

I live in Burbank, so I have a few spots I really like- but I am always open to finding new and interesting places.  Sometimes, headshots can be done in the comfort of your home- depending on how your child feels about meeting new people and  going to new places.  Making sure your child feels comfortable and safe is really important to us.

 

I look forward to hearing from you!

 

The headshot. It’s the single most important marketing tool for an actor, and it’s amazing how many people do it wrong just to cut a few corners. Actors, it’s time to take it more seriously. When that little headshot jpeg pops up on a casting director’s computer, you want them to say, “Yes, bring that person in!” Not “Yikes, that guy kinda scares me.” – Backstage.com

What are acting headshots?

Acting headshots are the first thing a casting director sees.  How do you want them to see you?  I have tried to find the actual number of actors in the Los Angeles area, but they are pretty hush hush about this sort of thing.  (Maybe its because aspiring actors would get discouraged and not come out?)

 

Ike's acting heads

 

What makes great acting headshots?

Use a professional!

Having your friend snap a few pics will not make the cut.  If a headshot looks cheap, it probably is! Even if your friend has a ‘decent’ camera, take the money and splurge on a professional.  Someone who knows lighting and is trained in portraiture is definitely worth the money. Save your cheap acting headshots for instagram.

 

Look Natural

A casting director does not want to see a lot of photoshop in your acting headshots.  Make sure your images look like you!  Good headshots should be 3/4 quarter shots are good for print.  Don’t get too close up. Directors stress to not do peace signs,  or the infamous hands on face pose for your pictures.  Let your personality stand out!   Natural light is great, because it shows directors how you will look on film.

 

Clothing

“A simple, solid color shirt with a little texture that fits you well and matches your eyes should do the trick.” – Backstage

Simple is best!  No graphic t-shirts and whites can be very distracting.  Leave the props at home.  I once saw someone with a cop uniform on for his comp cards.  This to me, limits who you can be as an actor.  Being a professional will get you noticed, not desperation.

Ike's full acting headshots

 

 

headshots of choir teacher

Professional Headshots

Professional headshots are more important now then ever before.  Gone are the days of stuffy, studio headshots. In are the days of creative, fun and spontaneous professional headshots.  I will work with you to create unique, one of a kind headshots that highlight your personal brand, story and mission.

 

Your personal Headshots

It’ s no secret that setting up your headshots is about as fun as setting up a root canal.  As humans, we try to push off things that we feel will be painful.  It’s time for you to stop thinking that photography is painful.  Updating your headshots will put you back in the professional game.  We live in a world where first impressions are everything.  Most first impressions are done online.  How do you want to be seen? What do you want your story to be?

 

Building Your Business Brand

So you are ready to start making more money this year?  Great advertising starts with great pics (and great word of mouth compliments!)  These headshots were done for a friend of mine, she needed new pictures for her business cards and facebook advertising.

How do you want to be seen?

If you are like me, you want options.  I like having a couple of different portraits and images to choose from depending on the day and who I am communicating with.  As long as your images look like you, feel like you and tell your story- feel free to have fun with them!

 

 

You can check out more at my professional headshots gallery!