Should I get B&W or color Headshots?
This goes in cycles. Years ago, after color prints became widely available, the theory was that black and white was timeless, and gave you legitimacy. Then color took over. A couple years ago, a few agents and managers started favoring B&W again, because it makes your headshot stand out from the rest. But that was yesterday. Today, virtually everyone recommends color only. And generally speaking, you should go with natural color. Avoid heavily tinted, manipulated or filtered color – most often, it just ends up making your headshot quickly look passé or dated. Very rarely, a specific look WILL look great when the color is treated, but most often, it suggests that the photographer is just trying to show off their skills,and now the headshot is more about them than you and that’s never good!
Should I get a commercial or theatrical headshot done?
Horizontal or vertical?
All the advice online says a good headshot should cost $300 to $500. If you guys are so good, why do you charge so much less?
Because most good headshot photographers are located in big cities like NYC and LA. Almost everything in those cities, from studio space to transportation costs four times what it does here in the Capital Region. We have a nice 2000 square foot studio loft with both natural window light and studio flash, just like the best Manhattan headshot studios – but we don’t pay ridiculous Manhattan rents, so we pass the savings along to you. Honestly, anything else would just be greedy.
Which is better, natural or studio light?
There’s no easy answer to this one. It depends on a huge list of variables, including your skin tone, features, hair type, the photographer’s skill (or lack thereof!). . .you name it. So we almost always shoot in both types of light, and you can decide later which works best for you. If weather permits, we also shoot a look or two outdoors.
I’m a guy — do I need to have makeup done for my actor’s headshot?
If you routinely wear makeup, or if your roles or activities in front of the camera require you to wear makeup (on-camera news staff, for example) than yes, you should have makeup done for your headshot session. For the rest of you, we say no.