I got into shooting headshots because, as a working actor, I became tired and frustrated at the process of having my own pictures taken. It felt like the photographers were more interested in taking the pictures THEY wanted (and getting me in-n-out) than finding out what I wanted out of the session. The whole experience would end up uncomfortable, costly and, ultimately, I was usually disappointed with the results. I began getting together with a friend of mine (who also was a photographer) and we began taking each other’s
headshots. Because we were able to take our time and feel at ease with each other, the pictures we took would always seem to reflect the comfort we felt with each other. This was what I wanted to experience every time I needed my shots done and what I decided I wanted to start doing for other actors.
As I said, I’m an actor as well. So, I understand just how uncomfortable the process of of getting headshots can be. People say that we should be comfortable in front of the lens because as actors we should be used to it. What they don’t understand is that when we are doing our job, it usually doesn’t involve staring right into a lens. My role as your photographer is to use my camera as a conduit that captures who you are as a person and as an artist. The only way I know how to do that is to work WITH you in a relaxed and comfortable environment of artistic collaboration. I also know that a good picture does NOT necessarily make a good headshot. There are many factors involved in getting a shot that will help get you into the Casting Director’s office for that audition. Remember, most of the time your headshot is your first impression in a casting office. Let’s make it a good one.