Executive headshots, and business shots, are vastly different from actor headshots.
The primary difference between actors and executives is that actors' headshots should be more experimental whereas business headshots are traditionally more formal. This applies to both the clothing that is worn and the style of the shot.
Most business shots are done in a studio against the flat white backdrop. They are shot portrait style, as opposed to landscape, and usually have the subject standing in one specific spot, which is aimed at a three-quarter angle to the camera with the subject's hands held in front.
The primary emotions that business shots must convey is a combination of confidence and approachability. To achieve this look, the confidence should come from the eyes. This is something I demonstrate during my business headshot sessions so that subjects can get an idea of what it actually looks like. The approachability comes from a slight smile given off an image. What you want is to have an image that shows that you are professional and know exactly what you're doing while also showing that you are approachable and also easy to get along with.
You always want look approachable but confident in a business headshot. If you don't, your headshot won't get as much response.
If you have any questions about this at all, feel free to ask!
In a word, yes. Good, cheap headshots are hard to come by, but if you can find them, you will get a great deal. Where can you find them?
Well, for one, I offer great, discount headshots. Many actors have come to me exclaming that the headshots I've given them for less than $250 have been worth the same as a $700 headshot, and that makes me happy to hear. Some people tell me I ought to raise my prices, but I won't do that to my clients because why should actors have to spend tons more money for a picture of themselves? Plus, making contacts with lots of actors is more important to me than taking away your money. I'd rather get fifty $100 headshot clients than five $1000 headshot clients, it just makes more sense, especially given the fact that I am a filmmaker.
Besides me, look on craigslist. There are tons of good cheap headshot photographers there. Just make sure to ask them for samples before meeting with them, and ask to call them on the phone so you can see what kind of person they are. Remember that a lot of these headshot photographers are still trying to build their portfolio and are willing to shoot for only $50.
This is a great question. I have read so many headshot photographers' blogs and I have to tell you: most of them lie. They don't charge such high rates because they have to or because they are that good. The reason is simple: demand.
Remember: no headshot photographer, no matter how good, can charge more than a couple hundred dollars for a session when they are first starting out because they don't have a large enough client base. They slowly grow their base by providing consistent quality and good word of mouth, and then they raise their rates to match the demand.
I'll be honest with you because you have to understand: no photographer is going to charge less if they could get more, believe me. Skill has nothing to do with rates, time does. The photographers who charge $750 for a session have been shooting for years!
Now, granted, during those years they have developed a skill. But at the same time, many of them might not have a gift and might not be providing as good of quality as people who charge less but have only been shooting for one year.
When you are looking to hire a photographer, most people hire based on price. They assume that cheap means bad quality and expensive means good quality. That isn't always the case. you should look at how long the photographer has been in business:
If a photographer has been in business a long time and has high rates, that's a good sign. If they've been in business a long time and have low rates, that's a bad sign.
If they've been in business a short time, just look at the quality of work and don't worry too much about the rates being high or low. Just go off of what you can afford.
You need to promote yourself, but you can't spend money on the most basic promotion, your headshots. So what do you do? Here are a few tips:
Figure out your budget for headshots. The more you can spend, the better they will be. Just kidding! The truth is that you can spend a lot less money if you get along well with the photographer.
The more fun you have with the photographer, the better your headshots will come out, as long as the photographer has a decent camera and knows how to frame a picture correctly and photoshop it. But those are the technical things and any photographer should know them.
The best headshots are the ones where you look confident, content, and you look like you are the character you are playing. Knowing these things will let you get an amazing headshot.
To save money, find a photographer who charges less and you get along with well. Bring your favorite clothes, and just have a good time. That's all I can say. If there is anything making you not have a good time, your headshots won't look good. That's really all there is to it.
Headshots NYC - Professional Headshots in New York City
This is a hard one. There are a lot of questions that you guys (actors) keep asking me, but I'll try my best here.
Some of the best things to do if you want to find free headshots are to visit different websites that host contests or places like craigslist where people are offering free sessions in exchange for being able to use your image in their portfolio.
The problem with getting free headshots from people building portfolios of course is the fact that they don't have very much experience and you're likely not going to get very good images. At least it's free though, right?
I would highly recommend entering contests though. For instance, I give out a free headshot session once per month to people who refer three other subscribers to my newsletter. If you stay on my newsletter, eventually you may win a one-hour session, which you can redeem at any point.
Search in Google for free headshots and contests and you should find some different deals. The best way to get a free session though is to apply into as many contests as you can because eventually you'll start winning. And the more you enter to the higher your chances.
Additionally, I'll give a free session to the first person who comments on this post. We'll see how many people read this far (remember, it pays to read my posts, because you never know when I'll offer something for free!). I also do things like this on my newsletter, so sign up and you can get lots of free things.
So yeah, first person who comments gets a free one hour photo session. Everyone after gets a free copy of my eBook for actor self promotion tips (valued at $20).
Headshots NYC - Cheap, Professional Headshots in New York City
Hey I'm Martin, and my goal is to help you reach yours. I love writing content about career advancement, marketing strategies, productivity, and much more.