Actors & Dancers Headshots

So what is it you need a headshot for?

As a performer, your headshot is the first thing that agencies or casting directors get to see of you. So you want to stand out for all the right reasons.

I understand some colleges provide a photographer for your year shots, many people I talk to feel completely rushed during their time in front of the photographer and in some cases are unhappy with the results. Do you want the same lighting setup as the rest of your year group? how does that make you stand out?

My sessions are relaxed, we have ample time to chat about what you want for your portfolio and how best I can achieve this for you. Whilst I have an amount of time set aside this is a guide for me, the most important thing for me is for you to get what you need.

Headshot for Millie Bridger

Yesterday I had a 2 hour photoshoot with Paul for an update of headshots and body shots and I couldn’t recommend him enough! From the minute the session began right till the very end he made me feel extremely comfortable, and was always allowing me to view some of the shots which was so helpful. In less than an hour from finishing the shoot, Paul had already sent me my photographs! The only problem now is I can’t decide which photos to choose! Thankyou so much Paul


Young actor Blake Southern-Green
Headshot photography surrey

Can you tell me more about the shoot?

So to get the best from your Actors /Dancers Headshots session, we start with a chat about what you want to achieve with your headshots.

We will discuss your requirements and blend your ideas with my experience to create images that really capture your personality and image, the way you want to portray yourself.

Like all my shoots the relationship starts long before you get in front of the camera so that on the day we dont waste time and also get exactly the shot you want.

I work from a home studio in Camberley (Surrey) where I have more room than a lot of commercial photographic studios and means we can work both indoors and out in the same outfit.


On the day we’ll go through your choices of outfit and use what will work the best for you. As we go through the shoot I’ll constantly be showing you the images that i’m taking. I don’t understand why any photographer wouldn’t want to do this as it builds confidence and therefore relaxes you.

Following this your photos are loaded to an online gallery for you to choose your favourites.

Normally these are delivered back to you within 48hrs of receiving your choices.

How do I prepare for my Headshot session?

So now you have the shoot booked, how you prepare to make sure that you get the most from it? Certainly you need to make sure that you get plenty of rest and drink lots of water! This will really help you complexion on the day of the shoot.

Q: What should I wear?

A: Think about the look that you want to achieve and choose items that make you stand out. Variety is key, but that doesn’t mean you should head to your local store and buy the same T shirts in various colours. Be mindful that its good to have different necklines and textures as well as different colours.

Definitely don’t bring anything which has a busy pattern on it or a large logo.. we want to ensure that the viewer is concentrating on you and not being distracted. But whatever you bring please ensure that its ironed! Its not unheard of for me to get the iron out on a shoot, but don’t think I’m going to be doing all your ironing for you 

The sorts of colours that work well are bold rich colours like Green, Blues or even a Red/Yellow which will make the image pop. To soften the looks pastel tones will work a treat.

Black is okay for one or two items but be careful that the neck isn’t too high as you don’t want to look the a Cluedo piece.

Q: What do I do about hair or makeup?

A: With regards makeup, keep it light and natural to begin with, we will always have time for you to change things up as the shoot goes along. If you have particularly shiny skin think about using some matt powder and the lights will highlight any shine.

With hair (especially for dancers) think about how you would turn up to an audition and perhaps try some different styles (hair up or down) as you have no idea what a CD will be looking for so getting some variety really works. If you want to bring curlers or straighteners with you, that’s not a problem.

Are you looking to add Bodyshots to your portfolio?

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