A PHOTOGRAPHER’S GUIDE TO WORKING WITH A MAKEUP ARTIST

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A PHOTOGRAPHER’S GUIDE TO WORKING WITH A MAKEUP ARTIST

Photographers play an important part in the makeup world. They work hand-in-hand together to ensure that the final aspect of a brilliant photography setting in the makeup mainstream is easily accomplished. Many photographers, particularly those of the male realm, lack even the simplest ideas how to apply makeup or what such makeup adds to a particular image as such. Many of them think all you have to do is simply remove scars and blemishes and then add a subtle color in Photoshop. The makeup industry demands more than that, and for your work to step out from the crowd in the makeup world, some vital concepts must be acquired deeply in your finger tips at all times. Here’s is a photographer’s guide to working with a makeup artist, which will fasten your makeup knowledge and make your career within the makeup mainstream become such a breeze.

Base:
At all times, a makeup artist will start by applying base essentials such as, foundation, concealer, primer and powder. This usually smoothes out the complexion, reduce or levels redness and shine, and conceals under-eye shadows, wrinkles and scars. A great base is very important where any kind of blemished skin could be a nightmare to correct retroactively. Thus when applying base, many makeup artists will frequently start by putting on primer, a clear gel that blocks or fills in skin pores and makes it possible for makeup application to be rendered more smoothly. Second, the foundation is subsequently used to level skin tone and also create a clear canvas for makeup. Many people opt to mix liquid foundation with water and then eventually apply concealer where needed in order to cover spots, scars and blemishes. In addition, many makeup artists have a tendency of using a separate concealer to hide under-eye shadows and a drier, which is more concentrated to cover spots and blemishes. Also another subtle trick: using a highlighting pen on top of concealer work wonders when it comes to covering skin’s spots and blemishes. This can also do wonders in brightening aging skin. After a makeup artist is finished with the base, he or she will get ready the concealer with powder. This is very important because it prevents the powder shadows and blushes from sticking onto creamy spots on the skin.

Cheeks:
In order to neatly define the bone structure and give the illusion of more neatly defined cheekbones, many makeup artists normally apply a neutral bronzer on both men and women. A highlighting powder can also be elicited right on top of the cheekbones layer to create a more striking dimension. As such, on women a blush is normally blended over the bronzer to produce a soft, natural flush.

Eyes:
Either way, using a shadow, mascara and eyeliner, a skilled makeup artist more likely bring out the color and heighten the shape of your subject’s eyes. Contrary to evening out skin tone, applying eyeshadow in the process of shooting a video is very difficult -- if not impossible, so hiring a highly skilled makeup artist comes in handy under such a situation. Although, initiating the task in Photoshop while working on a single image isn’t difficult, getting the overall image to look more dashing and neatly aligned between different shots might be tricky. Eye makeup very often seems to suit a great variety of women with light eyes and features. For example, purple shadows and liner can be used to enhance your subject’s green eyes, try it and see the striking results you’ll get. Eyeshadow works effectively when you also want to contour the subject’s eyes and reveal a brilliant inner depth. Also as part of the overall eye look setting, a makeup artist will often work on the brows too. Many of them use a pencil to carefully color in strokes, and subsequently use a powder to further soften the look.

Lips:
Lastly, lips luster can be elicited using either a lip pencil, lipstick, gloss – or all of them altogether. Depending on the look you’re hoping to acquire, the lip color plays a vital part in order to achieve that stunning monochromatic look. Consequently, lip color happens to be the easiest facet of all makeup models a makeup artist can easily alter on set. So, if you want to take a series of striking shots with different lighting, wardrobe or set, having your makeup artist change the subject’s lip color can be a brilliant way to add to the new setting. You will be astonished how changing from an ordinary look to a bold lip color can dramatically alter the mood of the whole makeup scenario.

Above all else, the makeup partner you choose to work with should be your partner in crime towards acquiring great images at all times. It’s her job and worry to acknowledge the final purpose of all images that are taken -- be it on wedding occasions, senior photo, and fashion magazine – every image should standout to the point!. Although her main job, on the other hand, is to make sure your subject’s looks are neatly outlined to have a head start on creating extraordinary images. She is also equally important if you’re shooting video, clearly you’ll need someone who will take care of your subject’s scars, blemishes, and wrinkles effectively to ensure that the film at hand conjure hot images that are impressive to look at and awe-inspiring. Make sure you follow the makeup guideline highlighted above, and you’ll without a doubt be able to effectively share and collaborate with your makeup artist on set.

And in case you’re looking to hire good and affordable makeup artists www.ninamua.com is a wonderful site to start with. Here you’ll more likely meet a highly skilled makeup artist, who will work with you hand-in-hand toward meeting your goals. They also offer a variety of intensive makeup classes NYC, which are packed with resilient makeup techniques for you to familiarize yourself with – either at a beginner or experienced professional level. For more information about hiring a professional makeup artist and enrollment to further makeup programs, please visit beauty school NYC. Clearly hiring a top, professional makeup artist has never been this easy!

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5 Career Benefits from a Professional Headshot

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5 Career Benefits from a Professional Headshot

As a woman starting out in your chosen field it is easy to get lost in the do's and don’ts of careers. Various human resource websites and columnists may give you varied opinions on your resume, dressing, networks, career platforms and the dreaded headshot. Head shots can be a tricky matter especially if a female photographer has a shy personality in front of the camera; she may not be interested in taking any pictures especially for professional reasons. In an ideal world your resume should be sufficient to get you where you want to be, but as any professional will tell you, it doesn't hurt to go the extra mile.
Getting professional headshots done can be costly and time consuming depending on whether you are starting out on your career or if you are a busy individual. Various industries have headshot requirements such as writers, journalists and authors. Companies may require head shots of their team leaders of branding purposes and others may require head shots of potential employees before they are invited for an interview. The entertainment world is known for using headshots to shortlist actors, dancers or models. This article does not attempt to answer if headshots are necessary or not but will give you five benefits of getting a professional headshot and hopefully guide you.

1. It's an introduction
Headshots are a good way of introducing yourself. With improvements in information technology and modern day photography, more companies are seeking alternative means of sourcing employees. Increasingly, human resource departments are now sourcing through the internet using various platforms. Organisations are becoming more adept to hiring without interviewing the physical person. Interviews are conducted online or through phone calls. Networking platforms such as LinkedIn are the new hunting ground for companies; thus one does not need to physically meet anyone, but can search for the right person. Headshots are a good way of introducing yourself to people who may not have a chance to meet.
Secondly headshots are a new way of standing out from the competition. Picture this; you are looking for a job on a social platform. The advertisement further states that female applicants are encouraged to apply. There are about 30 applicants and almost all of them meet the requirements. Therefore how does one stand out from the competition? A professional headshot especially on a social network platform makes a huge difference. Not only will one call attention to you, but it will highlight you as someone who is professional. Female photographers can use a professional headshot as a subtle way to introduce you to potential employers without necessarily shouting for attention. Any employer will notice a professionally done headshot and appreciate the effort put in by the applicant. Any potential company looking to hire on LinkedIn that comes across your professional image will definitely take notice and move forward to look into your professional qualifications with interest.
For this reason, a professional headshot will ensure that you leave a lasting impression on the audience. Head shots may be required for a variety of reasons such as a published article, a job interview, creating a network, blogs and social media. Whatever the need, a headshot will be the first interaction a reader has with you; thus the headshot should leave an impression on the audience to ensure that the audience remembers you or the organisation and wants to engage with you or your company. In particular, female photographer headshots should inspire confidence, personality and professionalism. Think of a headshot as a first date. The first thing you notice about a person is their look. The same applies with headshots; they have to get you noticed for career reasons. This can only be achieved through a professional headshot.

2. Branding
Head shots are a good way to either brand yourself or get your brand noticed. We will address these two aspects in separate points.
As a mid-level career professional or just starting out, all individuals would like to send a message to the business world that he/she is a qualified professional. The kind of picture a female photographer takes may either enhance or devalue this view. Several human resource blogs advise that one should dress in a conservative suit when attending an interview in order to create a positive or favourable impression on the interviewer. The same applies with head shots. Remember this is the image that your audience will associate you with, which in turn becomes your brand. Depending on what the female photographer intends to use the headshot for, one has to be careful what brand they create. The Selfie culture has brought a new platform for expression especially amongst female photographers, but that is not an acceptable picture in a professional setting. Secondly it is very easy for you to look like a flirt, unless it is required in a modelling shot. An experienced photographer would be able to guide you through taking the right picture for the right setting/audience thus creating a brand for one to be associated with.
The second kind of branding is associated with product brand management. Cosmetic companies have mastered the art of brand management to market and sell their products using female photographers. Every time a cosmetic company launches a product, there is always a face associated with it. Think about the last time you bought a cosmetic product and the image that was in your mind at the moment. It must have been the face of the company. Even large corporates have a face that is associated with its brand. Think about Virgin Group of companies and how Richard Branson's face is on every aspect of the company. Also look at how the United Nation Agencies use celebrities to lead their various humanitarian campaigns. Brand ambassadors have become a huge aspect of marketing and can take one's business from mid-level to an international brand. Thus for any person running a business, start up, company, selling products and/or giving services, it would be a smart idea to get a brand ambassador. In such cases, a good headshot should reflect the brand you are selling irrespective of whether you are a male or female photographer. For example one cannot sell a legal brand and the headshot shows a lawyer in a cap wearing jeans. One cannot be customer care manager and the headshot has them with a frown. Or a product being sold and the head shot of the brand ambassador has colours that contrast with the product. Therefore, a professional headshot will give one the authenticity needed in branding themselves or their company to reflect their ideologies and make the brand more relatable to the target audience.

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3. It tells a story
Headshots tell a story about the person. From the angle of the picture, location, to the lighting, expression on the face, appearance and finally the words accompanying the headshot, tell a story. One has to be careful when taking headshots as you would like the right story to be reflected in the picture as well as words. Female photographers are said to be better at this as a women are assumed to naturally know how to bring out the right emotions. Opinions may vary but remember with professional headshots, you would like the photographer to know exactly what story your picture should say.
Philosophers have said that a picture carries a thousand words; look at the pictures you took back in high school and now as a professional. It is likely from your younger pictures you have a look of adventure, inexperience, potential or optimism. In your older pictures, you start seeing confidence, professionalism and certainty. Look at the body language as well. In a photo shoot, photographers always insist on sitting with your back straight. This forces female photographers to have the correct posture which shows confidence unlike slouched shoulders which show weakness. A female photographer's smile, or lack of it, reflects her personality and/or professionalism. A sneer shows arrogance, toothy smile shows lack of seriousness, narrow smile shows one is close minded, frown shows stress etc. Your body language reflects your message even where the body language is subconscious. A professional headshot will ensure that the right message is sent out.
The Background of the headshot also tells a story. A busy background naturally reflects clutter and confusion. Unless the headshot is for an entertainment magazine, it is very hard to concentrate when the background calls for more attention than the subject does. Plain backgrounds though simple, may send a message of aloofness, especially if the subject is not smiling. Some backgrounds with subtle colour effects, show attention to detail. This tells the audience that the subject of the picture is keen on the details and probably a meticulous person. Outdoor backgrounds have a tendency to reveal the relaxed or nurturing side of most female photographers. Whichever message one is keen on sending, remember body language, facial expressions and backgrounds can either enhance it or diminish it. Headshots will tell a story but a professional headshot, will tell the right story.

4. It may be requested
Various organisations may need a headshot for various needs. Companies need head shots either for branding their products or staff may need headshots to reflect the company's image. When marketing or setting up a start-up, headshots may be required to reflect the company's goals or team. Some companies when hiring may request for a headshot to see who the potential interviewees are. The entertainment industry relies heavily on headshots when recruiting. With social networks becoming a platform for professionals to interact, a company may request for a headshot to confirm the image of the person who will appear before the interview panel. Skype interviews are especially common nowadays where one may not be able to see the interview panel but the panel may need an image of the interviewee.
A female professional may find herself in a situation where she needs a headshot, or she is requested to send a headshot but doesn't have one. The moment may be of such urgency that the company is unwilling to wait for her response. Besides, professionalism dictates that you should not keep a potential employer/client waiting. This means that one should always have a stand by headshot just in case. Not only does this make one look professional but it also saves on time and cost. You cannot keep taking new pictures any time one is requested. Having a stand by headshot takes care of this challenge.

5. It is an Investment
Head shots are an investment in your future. Think back to that time when you brought your friends home and your parents brought out the photo album with your embarrassing baby pictures. In one of them you are probably wearing a toy stethoscope of how you wanted to be a doctor. Growing up you probably looked at that photo as a reminder of your dream. The photo encouraged you to achieve your dream and now you are a doctor. Psychology has shown that when someone begins to see themselves as what they can be, then they become. A well done picture can act as major motivation for the individual, team or a company. Not only will the headshot help female photographers see the beauty and potential but will also motivate her to become the person in the picture. Thus a professional headshot will help female professionals see the potential they have to be a professional and each time a she looks at it, she will invest more in achieving her dreams. That is why most of female professionals have pictures on their desk, it reflects their motivation as to what they can be or what they want to achieve.
A second way for looking into the investment aspect is through financial implications of a professional headshot. A professional headshot may be pricey but it is an investment. When applying for a job, a professional headshot has the potential of making female professionals stand out from the competition. If she gets the job, then the amount of money spent getting the headshot will not matter compared to the salary. Thus anyone thinking about getting a headshot should not focus on the present cost, but the likely benefit they will get once they get the job/client.

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3 Best Ways to Invest in Yourself for a Promising Future

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3 Best Ways to Invest in Yourself for a Promising Future

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   Investment has long been considered as one of the best ways by which it will be possible to achieve financial stability. With this, it should be pointed out that investment is applicable not only exclusively as a financial instrument. Investing can also be done on yourself, which is expected to yield a better future, especially as it enhances your knowledge and skills to be better in a specific field. Investing in yourself can be a good way to increase demand for the services you can provide and the value of such. For most people, the biggest question would be how they can invest in themselves to achieve a brighter future ahead.

1. Advancing your Knowledge and Skills
The advancement of your knowledge and skills will be one of the most important in investing in you. One of the best ways by which this can be done is through advancing in your education. If you have a bachelor’s degree, progressing further and taking post-graduate studies will help you to land a higher-paying job in the future. If education seems to be expensive and impractical, there are online learning tools that can be utilized, which are promising in terms of convenience. You can access lessons and training materials anywhere you are and in the end, you are doing something to improve what you already know.

2. Exploring with your Creative Side
We all have a creative side. The only difference is that not all of us are aware of our creative capabilities and only a few are taking the steps to have it harnessed. More often than not, you need to do something to uncover the creative part of you. Both in business and in your personal life, creativity is going to assume an important role. If you have a creative mind, you can continue discovering opportunities ahead of anyone else. Your creative capital can provide you with a springboard to success, which might not be possible for anyone who thinks in a conventional manner.
To improve your creativity, you can study a new language, discover a new sport, explore an unfamiliar culture, write poetry, try your hand at culinary, live a more active lifestyle, talk to people from all walks of life, and do other things you have not thought you can do.

3. Physical and Emotional Nurturing
While your mental skills will form an important part of investing in yourself, you should also not forget to nourish your physical and emotional side. You should exercise regularly to achieve a healthy body. Do not also forget about skin and facial care, and other factors that can influence your appearance as this has a lot to do about your confidence. On the other hand, when it comes to emotions, make sure to be always filled with a positive thought to have positive feelings as this will have an impact on the way you treat people around you. Contemplate, rejuvenate, and always think about your dreams as this will make you emotionally steadfast to face the challenges in your journey towards having a better life.

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Four Ways to Keep Your Career Moving Forward

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Four Ways to Keep Your Career Moving Forward

In the game of chess, if you can think ahead even with just one move, you can win the game. Think about success as the ultimate prize. You have to always look forward for a better opportunity; and as your experiences grow, so does your choices. How do you make it happen? Here are the answers:

1. Maintain your Resume like pruning a garden
A well-kept garden is free from weeds and stays always green. Your Resume must always be updated even if for the slightest moment that you think you’re simply irreplaceable on your company. Track your progress, your awards and most importantly your contributions and neatly stack them to your growing list of achievements. Having your Resume ready, means that you can always look for better pastures and even make demands if given better opportunities. And don't forget that an updated resume and a professional headshot are essential for your career.

2. Stay ahead of the game
Keep an eye on the trends and use technology to analyze data. Look for the open positions that your company has and understand the very nature of your job. Nobody on your company will tell you in advance that you’re soon going to be replaced by a robot hence all the other companies will probably do the same. The only way out is to arm yourself with new skills, perhaps upgrade what you already know by attending seminars on your spare time. If the open positions on your company are more attractive than your current job, then acquire the necessary skills.

3. Grow your professional network
Remember that when it comes to careers, you’re only as good as what the others think of you. No matter how good you are, if no one vouches for you, you’re as good as the next person on the list. Besides, you can always discover more opportunities through networking. Your network acts as support, perhaps a breeding ground for new ideas like knowing what additional skills to acquire to ensure that you can always get another job when things go south.

4. Think positive and act on it
Thinking positive means thinking about the things that you want and not what you fear. If you fear that your job is being threatened, your performance suffers. Remember that your thoughts can practically affect the reality. Staying updated with trends and surrounding yourself with a good network, means that you’ll always see better opportunities thus success will always be within your reach.

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5 reasons that investing in your career is essential

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5 reasons that investing in your career is essential

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It’s a common enough question: why should I invest in my career? Shouldn’t my career be paying me instead of the other way around? The fact is, though, that not investing in yourself is like going white-water rafting without a paddle, a map, or any knowledge of the waters you’re navigating. You might see some short-term success, but long-term success will ultimately elude you.

To avoid just spinning your wheels and never achieving real success, you need to invest in yourself. One example of such an investment is your headshot—this is your personal branding, and a wise investment in this branding is extremely important for your career. This investment is the only way you will realize your long-term career and life goals.

If that doesn’t convince you of the importance of investing in your career, here are 5 reasons that investing in your career is essential:

1. You Won’t Find a Greater Return on Investment
When you invest in yourself, the ROI is higher than you’ll find in any other investment. You’ll increase your earning power over the course of your lifetime, and find possibilities you never imagined before. You’ll also provide yourself with job security and the satisfaction that comes from knowing you are growing personally and succeeding in life.

2. You’re the One in Charge
You are the President of Me, Myself, and I, Inc., and it’s your responsibility to make sure your company (you) stays in business. You achieve this through careful planning, consistent performance, and staying true to your mission and values. You also achieve this by investing in Me, Myself, and I, Inc.

3. Your Value Increases
This reason requires a little bit of homework. You should look at yourself once again as a company, but this time draw up two balance sheets. On one, you’ll list your financial assets and liabilities, and on the other one you should write down your skills, ideas, marketability, knowledge, personal networks, passion, and your ability to make things happen. You increase your personal net worth by investing in the second list—that increases the assets on your first list!

4. You Can Achieve Greatness
Greatness is within you, but you have to nurture and cultivate it. Most people don’t do this, settling to just achieve a fraction of their capabilities. When you identify your talents and invest in your potential, you avoid this tragedy by building yourself (and your greatness) up.

5. Your Goals Become Attainable
It’s way too important to achieve your career and life goals, rather than just leaving them as wishes. Your mismanaged career can send your life goals careening off the rails, but investing in yourself keeps the train on the tracks and gets you to greatness.

These reasons all depend on you investing in yourself. You can’t count on anybody else to do it for you, so you have to do it for yourself. Investing in yourself (by getting a proper headshot done, for example) is the best way to build up your personal assets and help you achieve your lifelong goals.

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How to Learn Model Poses and Facial Expressions

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How to Learn Model Poses and Facial Expressions

Your photographer, if he or she is highly experienced, should be able to give you excellent instruction and direction in order to get great shots. Still, it is very helpful if you have at least a basic understanding of what your body looks like in various positions, and to understand how your face feels when you are expressing different emotions.

All first-time models, and anyone relatively new to modeling, should practice posing and making various facial expressions in front of a mirror. You might feel silly practicing these things in front of your mirror, but it goes a long way to preparing you for what it will feel like to be in front of a camera making those poses and expressions. This works great for making your actual photo shoot easier and more comfortable.

Be sure to practice a variety of different looks, to make yourself prepared for when you are asked for a “sexy”, “intense”, “pouty” or “serious” expression. A photographer worth his or her chops will do whatever it takes to get the look and expression they want, but the more prepared you are, the easier it will be for both of you.

Finally, if you have the tendency that some people have of showing a lot of your gumline when you smile, practice smiling without showing so much of your gums. Sure, you’re going to get plenty of photos with your beautiful and natural smile, but professional photography tends towards limited exposure of the gumline.

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Model Headshots and Actor Headshots: What Is the Difference?

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Model Headshots and Actor Headshots: What Is the Difference?

In some regards, there are few differences between model headshots and actor headshots, since they are both focused on highlighting the person’s face. Overall, though, the differences can be huge, because model headshots tend to be more artistic and generally make liberal use of lighting, composition, makeup, and angles to truly flatter the subject. Actor’s headshots, on the other hand, are real-life representations of the person’s face and features.

Model headshots are “glamour shots” or “beauty shots,” and are used for marketing purposes in a modeling portfolio. These headshots are usually professional retouched to remove “flaws” and create a photograph that is more aesthetically pleasing. Model headshots tend to be flattering, but they should not be confused with the natural no-makeup headshots intended to showcase a model’s complexion and skin.

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So, when is it okay to retouch a headshot?

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So, when is it okay to retouch a headshot?

In general, if the thing or things being altered are not permanent features, such as minor makeup or hair malfunctions, you can safely have these retouched without worrying about any significant impact to the “authenticity” of your headshot. If you have a temporary case of acne or blemishes without any “scar” damage that changes the surface of the skin, and it is truly just a temporary condition and not permanent or chronic, then it is okay to retouch it to remove it. However, be really honest with yourself: if it is a common condition, headshots etiquette says it should stay in the photo.

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Retouching Headshots: Hot or Not?

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Retouching Headshots: Hot or Not?

Once you’ve had your headshots taken, you might think your job is done and it’s time to start sending out those acting resumes. However, you aren’t quite done yet. What you have to think about now is retouching, making certain alterations to your photo to improve it or remove imperfections.

As stated earlier, this is not a glamour shot and you shouldn’t go removing moles, freckles, or scars in your headshot photos. While you might be tempted to make just a couple of minor changes to these natural characteristics, as an actor you must make sure that you look like your headshot.

Are you just looking for the delight of being called in for an audition because of your flawless headshot, even if you eventually get turned down because you have misrepresented yourself? Or, would you rather be called in with the confidence that you and your headshot resemble each other accurately, and it is now up to you and your chops as an actor to land the role? The latter mindset will usually be more effective and successful.

Understand this: not every photographer knows what they are doing when it comes to headshots, and knows what changes they should and should not make to a photo. Every photographer’s secret dream is for you to look your absolute best, so an amateur photographer (or one without significant experience shooting headshots) will often eradicate any “flaws” in your headshot without thinking about it. This is why it is important to have this discussion with your photographer about retouching, and not leave it completely at their discretion.

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How to Get Feedback and Critiques on Your Headshots

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How to Get Feedback and Critiques on Your Headshots

Now that you’ve gotten your headshots printed, how do you get feedback and critique of them? Who can you trust? You should be cautious about the feedback given by certain types of individuals, because your feedback is supposed to be an accurate representation of what you look like. The people you are most familiar with, such as your family and close personal friends, can often be biased. This is not to say their feedback is without value, but you should also solicit feedback from people outside your immediate circle of friends and family.

Almost anyone who isn’t a close friend or relative can provide feedback as to whether or not your headshot actually looks like you, but it is a bit more difficult to nail down who can judge the effectiveness of your headshot. Casting directors are the most likely candidates here, but it’s rather unlikely that you would have one at your disposal. The next “most qualified” person would be a professional photographer with headshot experience, but sometimes these individuals can just be out to get your business, and might give negative feedback just for that reason. Of course, there are some ethical photographers out there, but you should tread carefully.

The Internet is probably the best way to obtain feedback about your headshots from absolute strangers. Quite often, you can find forums on acting-related sites where you can post your headshot for review. This can be a good way to get critiqued, but remember that many people aren’t really qualified or informed enough about what makes for a good headshot to provide completely useful and accurate feedback. As a matter of fact, the general “acting public” can sometimes be far too forgiving of less-than-professional looking headshots, and it is important to be very critical when it comes to your headshots.

One suggestion is to provide a number of headshot options, such as your favorite five to ten headshots for people to choose from, and ask them to choose the best and tell you why. This way, you can get an idea of why people think something isn’t working, and you can go to your next headshot photo shoot armed with this information to come out with a better series of headshots.

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Horizontal or Vertical Headshots?

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Horizontal or Vertical Headshots?

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This is also known as “portrait” or “landscape” orientation, and is once again a matter of personal preference. A casting director is not going to pass you by because your headshot has borders or is landscape instead of portrait. You should choose whatever orientation best displays you and your physical characteristics. With that being said, portrait is more common while some people believe landscape headshots look more “cinematic.”

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How to Print Your Headshots

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How to Print Your Headshots

A common question about printing headshots is whether to use color or black and white prints. Right now, color headshots are in, and black and white headshots are out of fashion. If you really want both options, and are shooting with a digital photographer, it is easy to get both.

Another question is whether to have the photos processed with borders or full bleed, without borders. The most commonly seen headshots have borders, but full bleed headshots are also acceptable (although some people might consider them to be tacky). The truth is, some borders might actually look better without borders, and it is a personal preference that you should decide on yourself based on what presents your headshot in the best possible light.

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What to Wear for Your Headshots Shoot

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What to Wear for Your Headshots Shoot

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For your photo shoot, you should be sure that your clothes are neat, clean, and free of wrinkles, so they look their best in the photographs. Make sure your clothes are free of stains, lint, and hair for the best results.

The best choice for clothing is solid color clothing with no polka dots, distracting stripes, or prints. Clothing like that can distract the viewer from your face, which should be the most important subject in the photos.

Pastel colors should usually be avoided, because of their tendency to look faded. White and black should also be steered clear of, and you should avoid anything that clashes with your skin tone. Be sure to pick colors that complement your skin tone. If you think you look really good in something that technically breaks these “rules,” bring it for your photographer to look at and make suggestions. Dressing “in character” is completely inappropriate; just be yourself.

You should avoid wearing any distracting jewelry, or anything that might distract the viewer from your face. You should also stay away from “costumes,” since your skill as an actor should allow you to seem like a character without “wearing” that part.

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How to Prepare for Your Headshot Photo Shoot

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How to Prepare for Your Headshot Photo Shoot

Before your headshot photo shoot, you should prepare yourself physically and mentally. Properly organizing everything leading up to your shoot and getting your physical appearance in tip-top shape should take care of the mental aspect of preparing for your shoot, as will getting to know and getting comfortable with your photographer. To prepare yourself physically, follow these principles:

1.     Before your photo shoot, carefully look at your face, hairstyle, and eyebrows to see if you need any minor adjustments. No, this doesn’t mean cosmetic surgery—this means possibly plucking your eyebrows or getting your hair trimmed.

2.     If you need hair removal, take care of it before the shoot. However, make sure to allow at least 2-3 days between waxing/shaving any sensitive areas and your shoot date. This allows time for irritation to disappear before your shoot, so you don’t have razor burn during your photo shoot.

3.     While the photo shoot will focus on your face, you should also look after your nails, just in case they end up in the shot. Be sure your nails are well maintained and neat; if you intend to pose barefoot, be sure your feet and toes are attractive and neat, as well.

4.     If you are going to showcase your smile, make sure your teeth are ready for photography. If they are discolored, you should think about having them cleaned and/or whitened.

THREE DAYS BEFORE YOUR SHOOT

Make sure all of the necessary preparations for your shoot have been made. Make sure you know where you are supposed to go for your photo shoot, the fastest and easiest route to get there, and what you need to do in preparation for your photo shoot. It is very important that you know how to get to the location where you are shooting, and any assistants (makeup artists, coaches, etc.) should know these directions, too. Finally, make sure you know what items you are going to bring with you for the photo shoot, and have those items ready to go.

ONE TO TWO DAYS BEFORE YOUR SHOOT

The last couple of days before your photo shoot, make sure you eat healthy and drink plenty of water. You should avoid fatty, greasy, and salty foods prior to shooting, as these foods can cause blemishes on your skin. You should also avoid heavy exposure to the sun, and avoid alcohol or anything else that might cause bloating. Finally, avoid eating or drinking anything that might stain your teeth.

The night before your photo shoot, assemble everything you will need for your shoot. This will keep you from having to rush around just before your photo shoot.

THE DAY OF YOUR SHOOT

Before you leave for your shoot, eat a light meal to provide you with fuel for the shoot. Photo shoots are physically and mentally demanding, and skipping your meals before shooting could cause you to run out of energy, lose focus, or become irritable—all things that could impact the quality of your photos.

Bring bottled water, snacks, and anything else you might need to keep going. Just avoid anything that might stain your teeth.

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Do You Need a Make-Up Artist for Your Headshots?

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Do You Need a Make-Up Artist for Your Headshots?

Once again, your headshot is supposed to be an accurate representation of what you really look like. While a good makeup artist can help hide your flaws, accentuate your features, and can be a vital part of a photo shoot, a headshot is not a “glamour” shot. You should look good, but without looking like you are wearing makeup. So, if you feel the need to hire a makeup artist, make sure you stick with “natural” looking cosmetics and keep away from heavy doses of eyeliner, eye shadow, lipstick, etc.

Something else to consider: if a casting director chooses to review you after seeing your headshot, you should make sure that you actually look like the person in that headshot. If you think you need makeup but can do your own makeup, you probably don’t need a makeup artist.

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Do You Need a Hair Stylist for Headshots?

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Do You Need a Hair Stylist for Headshots?

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Your headshot should be an accurate representation of what you look like on a fairly regular basis, so your hair style should be one that you can easily achieve on your own. Because of this, hiring a hair stylist for your headshots shoot is probably unnecessary. However, you need to make sure your hair is presented in a way that doesn’t distract the viewer. If you normally have unkempt or unruly hair, you should have it properly cared for (cut and styled) well in advance of your photo shoot.

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“Celebrity” Photographers

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“Celebrity” Photographers

When it comes to your headshots, the name of the photographer doesn’t matter, nor does it matter who that photographer has worked with in the past. A casting director won’t be looking at who shot your headshot, they’ll be looking for a good headshot. As long as the photographer himself or herself impresses you, all that really matters is the quality of your headshot. Therefore, you should choose a photographer based on the quality of their work, not the celebrities they say they’ve worked for.

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What to Avoid in a Photographer’s “Style”

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What to Avoid in a Photographer’s “Style”

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In order to stand out in the competitive business of headshots, some photographers will work diligently to develop their own unique style. In some cases, this won’t make any difference to you, as long as you like that style. On the other hand, there is an increasing trend by some photographers to incorporate overly cropped photos in their “style.” This results in cutting off certain features of a subject, like their hair, foreheads, chins, ears, etc. Sometimes, this is fine, but quite often, extreme cropping will mean your headshot goes straight into the director’s circular file, rejected without a second glance.

Here’s the deal: if your headshot is hiding something, some feature or characteristic, and that casting director thinks that feature or characteristic is important, then your photo has been excessively cropped. Excessively cropping an actor’s hairline can make the casting director think you are bald; an ear left out of the photo might be disfigured. A chin omitted from the photo might be hiding a scar. If your entire face is not in the photograph, it leaves far too much to the casting director’s imagination, and that can be a very bad thing for your audition prospects.

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How to Choose a Good Headshot Photographer

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How to Choose a Good Headshot Photographer

Here are some steps you should take when you are choosing your headshots photographer. First, find someone you believe you will be comfortable with. I strongly think that being able to develop a strong rapport with a photographer, to really “hit it off” with them, makes all the difference in the world in how your headshots will come out. When you are comfortable and loving what you are doing, you will find it much easier to project yourself to the camera with a confident, positive, and comfortable aura. You will also be far more likely with experimentation: trying different looks, different facial expressions, and so forth. These experiments can lead to a unique, eye-catching, and outstanding headshot, but you have to be comfortable with the photographer to try it. When you are comfortable, your smile will be genuine, not fake, and your overall expressions will come to life much more than if you aren’t comfortable.

Second, look for a headshots photographer who has a portfolio with quality, professional-looking headshots done in a style that you enjoy and would feel comfortable working with. I don’t think I have to say that you need to actually like the work of the photographer you decide to work with, but I’ll say it anyways. You might not be a great judge of what makes a perfect headshot, but you should at least be able to recognize that you like your photographer’s work. If not, what’s the point in hiring that photographer?

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How to Find a Great Headshot Photographer

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How to Find a Great Headshot Photographer

Tracking down a true “headshots photographer” these days isn’t rocket science. Finding the “right” photographer, though, is more difficult, because photographers are so common now and the photography market is extremely competitive.

Find an inexpensive, or “budget,” headshot photographer is a trivial task, because many photographers are willing to provide their services at what seems like an extremely inexpensive rate. Tread carefully with these photographers, though. If working alongside a professional photographer matters to you, working with someone who makes a living taking photographs, then a photographer who charges next to nothing for his or her work just might not be a professional photographer at all. In all likelihood, any photographer charging so little for their services is working another job, and is only taking photographs as a sideline hobby. That’s not a professional photographer.

If you are taking your own career seriously, do you really think it’s a good idea to shoot with a photographer who doesn’t have enough respect for his or her own career as a photographer to charge a reasonable rate for it? Perhaps not, but the choice is yours.
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