The traditional actor headshot size or crop is just your head and shoulders. Tighter cropped headshots can have more impact. However casting directors increasingly like to see some images that show your body type and physique. After all it isn’t just your head and shoulders who would be in frame should you be offered the part! For this reason we like to give you the option on how they should be cropped and we normally send you your headshots in their original proportions (unless an image needs cropping or you specifically ask us to crop them). Uploading your headshots in a variety of sizes or crops shows the best variety possible.
However, we don’t just leave you to it. We suggest an online (free) site where you can crop them into whatever sizes you like. The site we recommend is https://imageresize.org/ However there are lots of other ways to crop them too (including Photoshop which is what we use). In the below example we show you in 5 easy steps how to crop them yourself.
We have cropped an example and included screen grabs to show you how it’s done.
Step 1: Go to https://imageresize.org/ and upload one of your headshots (in either high or low resolution)
Step 2: Click on crop and to crop the image to 10×8 (4:3 Ratio) enter 800 for the width and 1000 for the height as below. Then click on the padlock image to lock in the crop ratio.
Step 3: Increase the crop area by clicking on the black squares in the corner. Position the crop area so that any areas you would like to crop out are darker. It is often best to make sure that the rule of third (the dotted lines) are through your eyes in the image. Don’t worry about cropping your images. The high-resolution files are huge and you could even make wallpaper out of them. Even if you crop an image to a 30% of its original size, the quality would still be fine.
Step 4: Keep all the other settings the same and click ‘Download Image’ towards the bottom of the screen.
Step 5: The image will download to wherever your downloads normally go and is ready for you to use.
If you would like any advice on how to crop your headshots (or anything else) please call Helen on 07810 004451.
Having Cocktails with Daniel Bruhl and working with 2 Dr Who’s!
Being a creative often means you wear many hats. Seldom do we photograph headshots for performers that are just an actor or dancer. In a super competitive market, many creatives develop talents across different disciplines. It helps to stop burning out or getting bored but also helps to survive in an uncertain career. Tim Blore is certainly someone who has developed a wide range of skills. Working mainly around London he has a new play that he wrote and produced called ‘AlterNativity’ at The Hope Theatre and the Bread and Roses Theatre. We caught up with Tim after his headshots and just as the play was opening to find out a bit more about him.
What is your main talent (Sing, dance, act, comedy, etc.)?
I am an actor, musician (cellist), writer and producer.
Romeos, psychos, Nazis, stuffy Brit and quite a bit of gay theatre. (Also all sorts of character voices, aliens and monsters on Radio!)
What do you love about performing?
It’s nice to have a day off from yourself sometimes isn’t it?
What is your first memory of being on stage and loving it?
Playing Benjamin in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat in a school production when I realised how much I love attention.
What is your ultimate role and why?
Something fast paced, unhinged, physical and aggressive like Alex in A Clockwork Orange
What is the best bit of advice you have received as a performer?
Just say the words.
Why did you want new headshots?
My hair had grown and I’d aged horribly.
What is your greatest claim to fame?
Well I’m ecstatic to have just worked with the legendary Tom Baker and Colin Baker in recordings for Doctor Who with Big Finish. I also had a cocktail with one of my childhood heroes, German actor Daniel Brühl when filming on location in Hungary last year.
I met Sophie recently for her first ever professional headshots shoot. She was absolutely lovely and brought so many tops that we were able to get a great range of images for her to use in castings as well as for online sites like Spotlight, etc. She is currently in her third year at London Studio Centre and needs headshots to start applying for when she graduates.
Here is some more about this aspiring dancer!
• What is your main talent (Sing, dance, act, comedy, etc.)?
My main talent is dancing! I’ve trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Jazz Partnering, contemporary, Horton, Commercial and Hip Hop as well as Singing!
I have not been cast for anything yet as I am still in training, but due to my strong dance training I see myself more as the ensemble/swing in shows like Dirty Dancing, an American in Paris, Chicago, Cats etc.
• What do you love about performing?
The thing I love most about performing is that everything just disappears, every worry is gone. It’s a feeling of freedom with a rush of adrenaline.
• What is your first memory of being on stage and loving it?
My first memory of dancing on stage was when I was in my first real pantomime at the age of 12. performing to a real life audience in a proper theatre with professional actors/dancers, lighting and costume. It was then when I realised this could be an actual job. I could perform for a living.
• What is your ultimate role and why?
My ultimate dream is to perform alongside artists on tour and music videos, however I have always had a love for musical theatre and would love to play a major dancing role with partnering aspects.
• What is the best bit of advice you have received as a performer?
That you’re not going to get every job that you audition for, but that does not mean you’re not talented, it may just not what the panel are specifically looking for on that day! and of course to never give up on your dreams!
• Why did you want new headshots?
Shooting with Lumosia was my first session of headshots I have had professionally done, and I love them. It gave me the perfect opportunity to get plenty of different looks which I will be able to use for specific auditions.
You can follow Sophie on her Instagram by clicking HERE
Whether you are a dancer, actor, magician or any type of performer, we would love to hear from you. Call us on 020 7523 5325 or email email@example.com
As a small and growing business ourselves, we love to meet other entrepreneurs with a great story and an exciting vision. Tazz and Katie of StateZero Labs are an amazing duo with a real buzz about what they are doing. When I met them for their professional headshots, I had to ask if they were related as they seemed so in sync with each other!
StateZero have just moved into amazing offices just around the corner from Kings Cross Station and are in the very exciting world of Block Chain. They help new companies to develop in this amazing sector that seems to be everywhere at the moment. They have amazing plans to grow the business and from where they are now with just the two of them and their lovely dog, through to filling their offices by early next year.
Environmental Corporate Headshots
We met to create some single and joint professional headshots / editorial photography so they had photographs to send with press releases and PR, etc. There was talk of various articles coming out so we wanted to capture a range of shots. They are based in a quiet road and I loved the textures of a building there as a backdrop to their headshots. The shoot itself was quite swift with both Tazz and Katie being insanely busy.
The two of them were inspirational to meet and were so down to earth. They thought nothing of holding the stands to ensure they didn’t fall over in the wind. Having professional headshots taken can be a daunting experience but the two of them looked after each other to help with any nerves.
If you are looking for professional headshots for you and your team in London or throughout the UK, contact Sean or Helen on 020 7523 5325 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Headshot Photography for actors can be a huge investment. Whether you are a student or a working actor, great headshots is a necessity for you to promote yourself. As an actor, they can be one of the biggest investments you make in yourself after education. With over 1000 images being uploaded to Spotlight every single day, and castings being massively oversubscribed, the pressure can be on to get the best headshots that show your potential and stand out from the crowd! Traditionally cheap actor headshots have not been great quality and are not always up to standard. However, we believe that we can offer great actor headshots at a great price.
NO SESSION FEE | JUST BUY WHAT YOU LOVE!!!
In September, we ran a one month promotion to celebrate the opening of our new studio in Greenwich. We called it the ‘Buy what you love’ special. This offered a different approach to headshot photography pricing. Rather than paying for a package in advance and hoping you got great images, we just asked that you bought the images that you loved. Portrait photographers have offered this approach for years. The idea was great headshots at an affordable price and you were in control of what you spent. Needless to say, the demand was HUGE!!! We shot so many actors almost every day in the studio and got to meet some amazing people!
NO SALES PRESSURE
Due to popular demand (to say the least!) we have started the promotion again. We love the fact that we are offering a ‘no risk’ way to get great headshots at a price point that won’t break the bank. So many of our actors and performers are either studying or starting out in their career and balancing a ‘boring’ job alongside castings, rehearsals, etc and working to a budget can be tricky.
GREAT HEADSHOTS AT A GREAT PRICE
We also just want to say that there is simply no sales pressure from us at all. Your images go on a gallery for a week and you can order online through a straightforward system. We have made the pricing super straight forward with single images or packages available. Single images are £25 each up to 20 images for £200. Last time we ran this, we had a waiting list!
Headshots, editorial and event photography for a City of London Client
Global Reach Group are foreign exchange experts offering corporate and private clients a full range of international money exchange services. They are based near Bank in Central London and we have worked with them for the past year as their corporate photographer. London is one of our key cities with clients across the West End, Canary Wharf and the City of London itself.
They initially contacted us as they were going through a brand update and wanted headshot photography for all their staff. They wanted to move away from a solid colour background to their headshots and to an environmental look that incorporated their location. With Guildhall just across the road, we chose to use the iconic London landmark as a backdrop albeit in an abstract way. Starting with an initial two-day shoot, we have since photographed over 100 members of staff including matching the look for their Cornwall office.
Corporate Headshot Photographer London
In addition to headshot photography, we spent an afternoon creating some natural ‘reportage’ office photography, traders and sales people on their phones and then some posed images of meetings and in front of the Reuters screens. This gave Global a range of images to use on their website, brochures and any other media that is used internally or externally such as annual reports, sales prospectus’, etc.
Once the brand update was complete and the office was redecorated, we were asked to capture a range of images of the new signage and the building itself. They are in a very impressive building in Basinghall St, in EC2V, have an amazing kitchen area for their colleagues and company branding throughout the offices.
Corporate Event Photographer London
During the summer, we were invited to capture their rooftop summer party. Despite the initial rain, the cocktails were certainly flowing and the DJ got everyone dancing very early in the evening. The brief was to create a range of natural and un-posed images to remember the celebrations. It was a great evening with loads of free-flowing cocktails.
We work as corporate photographers throughout London and the UK offering a wide range of photography services. Call us on 020 7523 5325 to discuss your headshots, events, editorial or any other corporate photographer requirements.
We get asked lots of questions by both our clients and other photographers about how we photograph headshots and what its like in the studio. We share some behind the scenes images on our Instagram channel (Click HERE to follow us) but we thought it was time for a video.
What happens at a headshot photo shoot?
Don’t worry, you don’t have to sit through a whole session. We created a time-lapse of a recent shoot with the amazing Nicole Simons (https://www.instagram.com/nicccbaby/). Nicole wanted a collection of headshots for casting of musical theatre and dancing work. We photographed purely in the studio and only for about an hour, but managed to create a range of different looks.
Hopefully, this gives you an insight into an actor headshot session with us. What you can’t see is the laptop screen where the images are coming up as I take them. This gives you instant feedback on the style and lighting of the headshots and you can have input on any changes you would like (often hair!).
Photography geeks, scroll down below the video for kit list
If you are interested in having new headshots, call us on 020 7523 5325 in London or 01275 568 669 for Bristol and the rest of the UK. You can of course email on email@example.com
Behind the scenes video of one of our headshot shoots
If you have made it this far, then I guess you are a bit of a photography geek and are interested in what cameras, flashes, etc that we use in the studio. I have tried to put everything that is in the video below. Feel free to email me on firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
I typically shoot at F4 at either 1/160th or 1/200th. My ISO sits at 100 or 200. I now also use a Tripod as it increases the hit rate for pin sharp images. Handheld was not as consistent especially at f4 and sometimes f2.8.
I have put links where I can below to where I bought the kit. None of these are affiliate links.
This video was filmed on an iPhone 7 Plus.
Camera and Flash Equipment:
Camera: Canon 5D Mark 4. I buy mine from Digital Rev (Click HERE)
Lens: Canon 70-200 2.8is Mark 2. Again from Digital Rev. My particular one, the little screws hidden behind the tripod mount come loose and have to be tightened frequently. (Digital Rev Link HERE)
Studio lights, Speedlights and Video lights
A note about Neewer Products: I absolutely love Neewer! I have many products from them from stands to Bowens mounts and now studio flashes. I have yet to be let down by them. The kit is well-built and arrives through Amazon very quickly. I am pretty rough on my kit as I travel to corporate headshots as well as actors and it survives well. I know that as a new brand to the market, you may well be cautious but so far, I cannot complain. I am in no way affiliated with them, but just love the fact that you can buy great quality photo equipment and not pay a fortune.
The Elinchrom equivalent to the deep octa in the video is almost 5 times the cost. It would have to be pretty special to be 5 times the light modifier! I believe that Godox are the same products but rebranded. For some crazy reason, I prefer the branding of Neewer.
Key light: Neewer S300N | I have only recently moved to having a powered light in the studio as previously just used Speedlights. I have this on power 2 (It goes up to 6). It’s great to have a modelling lamp rather than shooting blind. (Great light. Here is a link to Amazon
Key light modifier: Neewer 48 inches/120 centimeters Deep Hexadecagon Softbox. I properly love this modifier! I used the Godox 80cm before and still do on some location shoots but the quality of light from this is beautiful whether you use a studio strobe or a speed light. Here is a link to the modifier on Amazon
All other lights are Youngnuo 600EX RT triggered with a YONGNUO YN-E3-RT(The key light is on slave so triggers when the speedlights go off). This is the equivalent to Canon’s 600 EX RT and ST-E3 system but about 1/4 of the price. I do own some of the Canon flashes but I also drop them frequently or they get knocked in transport. At c£70 a unit, the Neewer onces are more affordable to replace.
The modifier on the hair light is a Godox 80cm foldable softbox. Great quality of light from a softbox that folds down into a bag. Amazon Link HERE
I have collected various stands over the years from random manufacturers. The most recent ones I have bought which strike the balance of height and weight are the Neewer 9 feet / 260cm ones. They do the trick fine. Amazon Link Here
I get lots of questions about my reflector stand. This is a funny one as it’s actually a Triflector stand that I have had for years. I still have the three triangle reflectors that go on it but I prefer the light and the catchlights that come from on big silver or white reflector. The stand allows me to make a three-sided support that I simply lie the reflector on. Here is a link to what it looks like when you buy it: https://www.manfrotto.co.uk/triflector-mkii-frame-silver-white-panels
Photo Backgrounds, backdrops and other stuff
I have a wide variety of backgrounds and include printed vinyl ones which are available online through to making our own. We also use various materials, curtains, etc to create texture in the background.
The silver background is insulation board from Wickes (Link) sprayed silver and copper. These are 2.4m X 1.2m. I walked back from Wickes with these on my head as they won’t fit in the car. It can be fun when its windy!!! I spray them in various paints. With the ones featured sprayed with metallic silver like this one (Link)
Vinyl backgrounds come from eBay. You do have to trawl through all the awful fantasy backgrounds, etc but there are some gems there!
Molly was amazing when she came into the studio for her actor headshots recently. She is currently in her third year at East 15 Acting School and needed a range of looks as she looks towards getting cast after she graduates. She arrived super early for her shoot which gave us extra time to try different lighting set ups and go through the great range of clothing options that she brought along. We had a chat about her usual casting types and shot her headshots with those in mind.
Molly was an absolute dream to photograph headshots for. She is funny and personable and we wish her all the best in her career when she graduates.
Working with young actors for their headshot photography, we often have shoots that include siblings. Sometimes one sibling is way more into acting or being in front of the camera. This certainly wasn’t the case the ‘Team Skelton’. All three of these guys are already successful with multiple projects both already released or filming at the moment. They must be destined for great things when they real names are Sonny Boy, Badger and Buddy! There is a real air of quiet confidence about all of them and you know that they take acting seriously. Their mum also does a great job in knowing how to get the best out of them. For their headshot session, we aimed for a range of images that not only portrayed them as a ‘blank canvas’ for a casting director but also leaned towards the style of roles that they like to play.
Sonny Boy Skelton
The oldest of the three, it was Sonny Boy that first got the acting bug and has had great success from Call the Midwife and Dr Foster through to having a number of production that have just completed or are filming
I will treasure my shoot with Tilly Tremayne for a long time. Such a lovely, welcoming and down to earth lady. Tilly has been a successful stage and screen actress for many years and has way too many credits to her name to mention. Lets just say that not everyone has a hand written note from Alec Guinness in their toilet! For her headshot shoot, I travelled down to her amazing house in Somerset. Its was a stunning day and her house had an amazing garden to shoot in. We spent a couple of hours talking and getting a range of headshots. She is often cast in roles of power (MP, Judge, etc) so we got some images that suited this as well as some general headshots. It was truly an honour to meet Tilly, I hope you enjoy this small selection of images from her shoot.
We are always more than happy to have a chat about any professional headshots requirements you may have. So whether you would like a bespoke quotation, are unsure which service is best for you or what to wear for a headshot it would be great to hear from you. You can fill in the below form or call us on 07810 004451
We would love to hear from you about what you are looking for from a headshot photographer. You can always call us to talk through any questions or how it all works.
Professional Headshots Studio
A105 The Fuel Tank 8 - 12 Creekside London SE8 3DX
Telephone: 07810 004451
Deptford Station (DLR): 7 minute walk from the studio- 6 min direct train from London Bridge or Cannon Street
Greenwich Station (DLR): 8 minute walk from the studio - 14 mins on DLR from Canary Wharf
In addition to our studio in London, we also photograph headshots in Bristol on Mondays. Our Bristol studio is in Portishead, about 20 minutes from the city centre.