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How to Create a Stunning Portfolio with Creative Headshots!

 "Red Riding Hood" by Benamoz

"Red Riding Hood" by Benamoz

 

Most actors rely heavily on headshots in addition to their resumes, and the audition itself to showcase their work. In the world of film and television, you need an acting portfolio which typically includes the standard head shot, portfolio, resume and a reel.

A great headshot is a critical component of your portfolio that will need to stand out – an amateur image or selfie just won’t cut it these days! Headshots are a crucial step to getting your dream job!

What is so important about a Headshot?

A headshot is a photograph of you from the shoulders up. It MUST be shot professionally. While we agree that the basic headshot is important, we have some suggestions to 'mix it up' a little...

Any headshot/portfolio you submit during auditions can unfold a lot of information about you in a matter of seconds.

Like your acting résumé, first impressions that casting directors may get from your headshots can be vital in the audition process. As you start your audition, the headshot would communicate your casting type, what you can do, what role and genre of movies or shows you would fit in, and your experience as an actor.

At Benamoz we provide headshots but we also provide performance and acting portfolios that serves as proof of your recent acting exposures. These can either be publicity photographs and/or creative shot formats!

Such documentation is intended to show off the range of your acting ability. The more proofs that you showcase, the better!

Most actors have at least four creative photos in their profile, which includes the headshot. 

Providing a variety of poses and expressions to show your range, such as having your hair up and down, being clean-shaven or with facial hair (men of course!), the use of natural lighting and studio lighting combined provides a consistent and creative range for the casting director to browse. When staging performance shots for your portfolio, there are many options to choose from when working with us. 

Additional factors to consider for your shots include costumes and makeup. If you have a special ability, like juggling fire, tightrope walking, stunt driving, working well with large animals, or anything else that will help you stand out, the creative/performance shot is a great way to stand out and highlight your talents in action.

Whether it's your first acting portfolio or updating an old one, it's important to include a wide range of photos to show your acting and casting range, keeping images recent and up to date.

We have provided a few images from a recent creative/performance session our client requested. She was interested in a wide array of photographs and wanted a certain look in story-telling mode style.

The session took place over a 3 hour period in 2 locations, a variety of poses and shots which included editing and unlimited edited images provided in USB format for our client.

Benamoz Headshot.jpg
 Playing with Light

Playing with Light

 A natural look and smile, showing her completely at ease!

A natural look and smile, showing her completely at ease!

 A distant look from our actor...

A distant look from our actor...

 Our actor/model wanted a more alluring look with a mix of rustic. She pulled this off quite nicely!

Our actor/model wanted a more alluring look with a mix of rustic. She pulled this off quite nicely!

 This has a magazine, vogue-like feel which we included.

This has a magazine, vogue-like feel which we included.

 Playing with silhouettes in the door frame, giving a theatrical feel while showing off her form.

Playing with silhouettes in the door frame, giving a theatrical feel while showing off her form.

We were so pleased to present this portfolio to our client. There were, of course many more images, but these were the main focal point for her and one she was extremely happy with! 

If you would like to book your own session, send us a note or click 'here' for more information.

Happy Acting!!

 

~ Benamoz