Mar 24

8 Steps to Better Headshots: prep tips for your session

8 steps to better headshots: the new episode in my ‘Take Control of Your Headshots’ series looks at how to prepare to get the most of your next headshot shoot.


michael-wharley-preparing-for-a-headshot-session-videoEvery actor understands the value of good headshot, but when it comes to preparing for the shoot, it’s easy to assume the photographer’s going to do it all for you.

While most good headshot photographers have lots of advice and expertise to offer, and indeed they’ll view you neutrally, they only meet you for a few hours. You (and your agent) know you and your casting best.

And what clothes should you wear, what colours and necklines will look good on camera, how much makeup should you use, and what about hair styles or facial hair?

All these things need thinking about before the day, and it’s why I always say you should treat your session like a trip to the hairdresser, not to the dentist.

Go with a very simple brief, a plan for your side of the bargain, to meet the photographer’s skill and insights, so you can both go a few steps further on the day of the shoot

So, in this next in my ‘Take Control of Your Headshots’ series, I’m offering a light and informative 8-step checklist to Preparing for Your Next Headshot Session. Hit ‘read more’ for the video’

8 Prep Steps for Better Headshots

What’s in the video

Offering a simple 8-point checklist for preparing for your next headshot session, the video covers:

– Thinking about Your Casting Types

– Making a Brief for your Photographer

– Assessing your old photos

– Your Photographer’s work

– Planning Clothing Choices

– Planning Hair for men & women

– Planning Makeup for men & women

– The Don’ts.

More broadly, my ‘Take Control of Your Headshots‘ series, aims to give actors the tools, techniques, insights, & tactics to take control of their next headshot session, before, during & after the shoot.

Hope you find it useful, and thanks for watching!

24 03 2015 MW

Credits: Filmed & edited by Sam Swainsbury, at the awesome Cut To: Productions:


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