Having attractive and effective PR or self promotion material is essential for people involved in the entertainment and art world, such as actors, singers, comedians and artists. And argueably the most important part of that material is the headshot. After all if you want or need to be in the public eye the world needs to know what you actually look like. But not just any photo will do. A headshot photograph in any PR campaign should give an insight into your character and art.
If you are playing a dramatic role you will not require the same kind of shot as one that would be suitable for a comedian. Similarly, if you are an opera singer you will expect a completely different shot from what a rock singer would want. By having a suitable set of headshots taken you are letting the public, agents and other performers see exactly the image what you want to portray. And from that they will hopefully want to sample your work or watch you perform.
Needless to say, we are not talking about a quick snapshot here. We are talking about the very serious business of you acquiring crucial promotional material which will help you advance your career. So it absolutely essential that you choose the right photographer to take your headshots for you.
So how do you go about choosing your headshot photographer? People within your profession may be able to advise you of a good photography agency. Or, if you want to commence the search for yourself, the Internet is a good place to start. You can surf the many photography websites online. Look specifically at the portfolios of headshots on offer, and if a particular photographer catches your eye, make contact with him.
When meeting the photographer for the first time tell him exactly about the type of work you do. From that discussion he will be able to decide what kind of shots need to be taken. If you are an actor, in search of auditions, he may want to take a whole series of photos portraying you in different roles. For performers, he may want to take a contrived shot of you seemingly performing live. He will need to take many shots in order to produce the best promotional material for you.
The shots may involve the use of make up artists and hairstylists. This will make the headshot session more expensive. But if it produces the kind of self-promotional material that brings you in a lot of work, it will be money well spent.
Insight are Hull photographers specialising in portrait, publicity, corporate and wedding photography. They travel all round the county shooting headshot photography and you can view their online portfolio at their website. Visit us at