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Vancouver Headshot Photographer

The photographers in the network are available for professional headshots and many have photographed the hottest models, famous executives, popular destinations, and numerous celebrities.

Full Photoshoots for Portfolios
Aside from professional headshots, they are available for full photoshoots. A full photoshoot can include different outfits and varied settings in order to develop model portfolios. If you are new or an established model, actress, musician, business executive, you name it, they can capture your look!

Event Photography
These professional photographers can also capture your event! Event photography might include family gatherings such as weddings but also conventions, major event coverage, or location-based photography for media stories.


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Vancouver Actor headshots

To get anywhere as an actor, whether in film, TV, commercials, theater, etc, you MUST have a professional head shot. Agents will not register you, & casting directors generally will not see you if your head shots don't measure up. The "look "must be right for YOU. The wrong head shot can cost you hundreds of wasted dollars. In this seminar you will study hundreds of actual head shots, & learn how to get an excellent head shot for yourself.


Your headshot is your opportunity to catch the eye of the casting director and a major business tool, so if at all possible you'll want to invest in professional photographs.  Yes, this will be expensive, but your headshot is so important you should brace yourself for the costs.  If you're desperately strapped for cash, you can find a friend or camera bug who can take viable photographs but there's a limit what can be achieved without a photographic studio environment where the background and lighting can be controlled.  If an amateur takes the pictures, search diligently for a non-distracting background (a wide roll of seamless white paper is effective) and carefully set up the area.  Soft shadows are preferable to bright sun that makes you squint.  Casual snapshots of you enjoying a picnic on the beach just won't cut it.  Avoid the "high school/college yearbook" sort of picture!  You want your picture to be theatrical. (Further down the page you'll see a website that has both the theatrical and the yearbook sort of pictures.)

Clothing for Headshot photography.  There are no specified rules about what you wear, but select your clothing carefully, for it speaks loudly about your personality and image.  For example, if you're typically cast as a power executive, consider wearing a suit.  Avoid "busy" clothing--patterns, frills, those sorts of distractions.  Jewelry, too, can be distracting.  Take with you a variety of outfits so you can make changes.  

Your headshot will be a black-and-white, head-and-shoulders (say, mid-chest up, although some are just the head), 8" x 10" photo, shot against a neutral background that compliments your appearance, with careful lighting.   If you're dark-haired, a dark background isn't a good idea because your hair will disappear; if you have light-colored hair, a light background will make you look wan and washed out.  Virtually every headshot shows the actor looking directly into the camera and the key to a good headshot is a lively, warm appearance--and that comes from the eyes.  (Tip:  Borrow the trick used by experienced TV announcers and newscasters.  You don't look at the camera lens but instead you look past the camera lens, into the camera.  You aren't looking at a piece of equipment but instead at a human...and a human you like.  You want to project high energy.)  Hand props are likely more distracting than helpful.  

What to expect from a professional Head Shot photographer in Vancouver.  A professional photographer will arrange a studio environment, advise you about poses, make suggestions about costume, help you with makeup, arrange lighting, create a neutral background, take a large number of pictures, and show you proofs so you can select the one you think is best.  A good pro knows how to coach a great picture out of you; the photo session may be two to three hours long.  Some digital photos offer retouching.  You then have the pro make a number of 8" x 10" glossy prints made.   (Tip:   be sure to make arrangements with the photographer for ordering additional copies in the future, even by mail, because you may be in a distant city and need more pictures.)  Some photographers give you the negatives and prints are up to you.  Depending on various factors, expect to pay $50.00 to $1,000.00, although both the low and high ends are rare and $300.00 is probably the average.  Those who charge more will probably shoot two rolls of film (72 shots), and that gives you a nice choice.  You'll be shown contact sheets (small pictures) from which you can select.  (Tip:  an established pro photographer in a theatre city may have contacts with agencies or theatre professionals.  You may get a referral.  Ask!) 

Finding a professional photographer in Vancouver.  Film actors will find dozens of photographers in the Vancouver area.  Look, too, in the advertising pages of  theatre newspapers like Backstage and Variety.  But your best recommendation will come from a show biz vet who has dealt with photographers--ask friends, agents, actors you meet at auditions.  Before you sign up for the photo session, ask to see the photographer's collection of headshots and be very careful to be certain you have a complete understanding of the services.  Read the contract carefully.  No, read it very carefully.  If there is any passage you don't understand, get it clarified before you sign it.  Remember that a contract is an agreement between two parties--just because the photographer's contact is printed, you do not necessarily have to accept all of the terms. 

Look at other actor's headshots.  Using the Internet--use Google or your favorite search engine to look for "actor resume"--you can find head-and-shoulder photographs of other actors and evaluate them for your use.  Pay attention to the "image" the photograph projects, then see how that image is achieved with lighting, background, costume, and pose.  You'll see, too, how some actors are looking past the camera lens.  As you look at various pictures, select the aspects you think best for you.

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