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WHAT TO WEAR IN YOUR HEADSHOTS? – Headshot Tips by Taylor Hooper: Headshot Photographer, NYC
What to wear in your headshots is one of the most important things to think about before your session. Clothes should enhance and not distract; say something about the characters your are right for, but not look like a costume; show you off at your best, stand out in a pile of head shots; and finally show your personality. Look at my portfolio and other resources and see what you like about the clothes in headshots that jump out to you. Think about what outfits you have that make you feel hot, get you lots of compliments, or that you wear for auditions. There are no rules in my book, but some of the guidelines below might make it easier to choose from your wardrobe.
1. SIMPLE: The simpler the better, we don’t want the clothes to distract from you and your personality in the shots.
2. FITTED: This is most important! Tailored, fitted clothes photograph best! Baggy, flowy, blousey clothes will make you look heavier in the shots.
3. CRISP: In a perfect world we would prefer clothes to be brand new- but washed once. So that it isn’t straight out of the package, but also isn’t faded or distressed. I recommend having everything you bring professionally cleaned and very well pressed/ironed. Bring your clothes on hangers if possible. Wrinkled clothes photograph very messy and are distracting. *Dress/button up shirts MUST be ironed as crisply as possible (pressed professionally is ideal) or they may not be usable.
4. COLORS/PATTERNS: Blacks, browns, and vibrant colors (yellow, green, red, bright blue) all look great in headshots. Solid colors are best. Bring at least one color that matches or brings out your eyes. Patterns that are bold but not busy can work- stripes, gingham, bold polka-dots, stuff like that can look pretty cool.
5. LAYERS LAYERS LAYERS: Layers look GREAT in shots- especially for men. Bring a variety of shirt styles and layers that can go on top. Blazers, jackets, hoodies, sweaters are all good choices.
6. JEANS: Bring a pair of nice-fitting jeans. They look great, plus, having pockets gives you something to do with your hands in the shots. So make sure that your jeans actually have pockets- jeggings I am talkin’ to you! This is especially important for women.
7. T-SHIRTS AND TANK TOP: Ladies- please bring at least 1 tank top (if it’s spaghetti strapped make sure you have a bra that works well with it- like a perfectly fitting strapless that doesn’t show through at all), even if you don’t like your arms or shoulders. You might be surprised at how flattering they are in headshots! And if you don’t have any new tank tops in your drawers, head to H&M, Uni Qlo, or Forever 21. Men- Bring a couple t-shirts, V NECKS tend to be more flattering than crew necks. And if you don’t have any FITTED, SOLID COLORED NEW t-shirts (Preferable v-neck) head to Uni Qlo, Old Navy, or Express for men.
8. BELTS: Bring some belts- ladies especially. For the ladies they can look really nice over a dress or cardigan to make it look a little more on trend- and cinch the waist in a little bit.
9. AVOID: Busy patterns, baggy clothes, and jewelry/accessories. Pastels don’t usually work- richer colors photograph better. Cardigans don’t usually work for women unless you are trying to look more matronly, conservative, or a bit older. Cardigans VERY rarely work for men. Although they are very trendy right now, they do not always translate well in headshots.
If there is something that you really love that doesn’t fit the guidelines, bring it and we can try it out!
HEADSHOT HOMEWORK – Headshot Tips by Taylor Hooper: Headshot Photographer, NYC
The most important thing about your headshot is that it looks exactly like YOU when you walk into the audition room. It should also show your essence, who you are, and how you are going to act the part that you are auditioning for. That’s a lot to stuff in one picture! Don’t worry it is possible (with a bit of preparation).
Here’s a little homework for you to complete before your headshot session.
This homework will not only assure that your acting headshot truly represents you, it is also a great way to prepare yourself for interviews with casting directors, managers and agents.
● How would your friends, family or people who know you best describe your personality?
● What types of roles are you going out for?
● Is there a working actor who is having your career, playing the types of roles you should play? Who is it?
● If there was a break down describing the perfect character for you to play what would the adjectives be?
● Is there a specific look you want to go for in your headshot?
● If you were on a T.V. show what would would it be? Or what type would it be?
● If you were in a commercial what products would you sell?
● What do you want your headshot to say about you?
If you can take your time and answer these questions thoughtfully, specifically, and accurately AND communicate the answers to me it will give us both a great professional advantage to get you headshots that WILL work for you.
Taylor Hooper Photography now has an Official Youtube Page, packed with videos on all things headshots! Check out my videos on Headshot Homework, Preparing your Skin, and even how to be more photogenic in your shots! And if you have any questions or suggestions for future videos, please don’t hesitate to contact us either by email or in the comments of our Youtube videos!
Had a great shoot with an amazing little actress Josia Ruby Kushner currently shooting “The Intern” with Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro
A brief interview about her Dance Shoot.
Amanda Castro is currently one of seven company members of Urban Bush Women based in New York. She’s just returned from UBW’s Summer Leadership Institute based in New Orleans and is getting ready for their 30th Year Anniversary National Tour beginning this Fall. This summer, She also choreographed American Dance Awards National Dancer of the Year Opening Number in Boston.
Taylor: “How are you going to be using your new Headshots”
Amanda: “I am looking to dive in commercially building my first website with the photographs from my shoot! My action shots have been used as promos for when I go teach & choreograph.”
Taylor: “Tell me about yourself as a performer”
Amanda: “Passionate in both Commercial and Theatre Dance, my mission is to continue to hone in on the skills and techniques of both worlds, not separately but as an integral study to better myself as a performer, teacher and choreographer. I have received my BFA in Choreography from California Institute for the Arts. Since graduation in 2013, I have been performing, choreographingand teaching around the United States.”
Taylor: “How did you feel the shoot went? Did you have fun?”
Amanda: “The shoot was amazing! It was great to have someone like you Taylor as my first photographer. You gave me time to relax and shake off my nerves! Most importantly, working with you made me realize how important it is to have high-quality photographs as a working artist, and how much plain fun it can be taking photos with someone who is just as passionate with their craft as I am with mine.”