Which type(s) of photograph(s) do I need?
Kevin: Is this a rhetorical question?
Clifford: A cat photograph!
Boof: Grrr… Woof!
A lot of people need professional photographs. Actors, models, corporate professionals as well as figures of public interest will regularly require current headshots and portraits. But who needs what when?
What photographs do actors need?
Actors are one of the groups that relies on headshots the most. Casting Directors make decisions based on what the face of an actor looks like and the range of emotions they are able to convey. The pictures of an actor’s emotional range are called “Looks” which are portrayed in headshots (a special type of portrait).
But there are times when you want to include a half-body or even full-body shot in your portfolio. For example, if a role description asks for a specific character type, such as an “overweight gaming nerd” or “buff surfer dude” a photograph which shows off your physique can mean the difference between getting the job or not.
What photographs do models need?
Models are usually booked based on their face just like actors. However, the body-type requirements for models are usually stricter, which is why comp cards (think of this as a visual resume for models) often include a healthy mix of headshots and half-body/full-body portraits. Depending on the job and model these may be examples of previous work or new portraits taken to score a certain type of work (e.g. fashion/beauty shoots).
What photographs do musicians need?
Musicians predominantly require portraits. Images that share an insight into the individual(s) behind the music, show them touring, performing, relaxing, etc. Their photos need to extend the story behind their music. I’m not really interested in Mick Jagger’s lips (seriously, I’m not!) but rather how he comes up with his songs or the backstage madness he’s involved in.
What photographs do corporate professionals need?
Business professionals are another group that greatly benefits from regular headshots. Especially if you are involved in social media or external marketing activities you want to make sure that you present yourself in the best possible light. That dark, grainy shot of you dancing at the staff Christmas party in 1999 does not cut it as a Twitter avatar…
Depending on your position/industry you are likely to benefit from creative portraits as well. Portraits like this will show an individual in their environment to tell a more compelling story. For example, a blacksmith in a foundry forging a sword shows the subject interacting with the environment while putting their actions into context and providing visual appeal at the same time.
These images are also excellent candidates for a company’s “About Us” page or as visuals that accompany a potential news/blog article.
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