What is the one thing that casting directors look at besides your resume... which you may have completely lied on... It's the Headshot. The headshot isn't just a picture of you. It captures, to put it simply, you. The headshot shows your personality, your features and your image/aesthetic. It shows the casting director exactly what they’re getting. The headshot is probably the most important tool in your trade.
How do you find a photographer to capture you? Craigslist? Sure. But what about getting scammed or abducted by an ax murderer? Not worth the trouble.
How about your friend’s Uncle Bob? He just bought a Canon t5i at Best Buy, and says he’ll do your headshots for $30! Well that's fine and dandy. But problem is, you’ve never seen his work.
My job is to not only take a picture of your face. My job is to find out exactly who you are and recreate it using my camera. I have to dig deep inside your mind and personality (creepy I know but trust me...) to get it to reflect perfectly on camera. I make sure that you get that next gig.
This past session was absolutely killer. I not only had an awesome subject, but I had a fantastic setup to work with.
The set up consisted of three lights and a white backdrop (seen below). I had two Kino Flo 4ft quads set next to each other lighting my subject and creating an awesome catch light in the eyes. I had a simple 580ex ii flash set behind my subject to illuminate the backdrop so I could get that infinite white backdrop.
So the next time you are pondering who to choose to get your next headshot done, think to yourself: Do I want someone to just take my picture? Or do I want someone who completely understands me to recreate my personality in an image? You decide what will get you that next gig.