May 2016

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5 Tips for Better Acting Headshots for Children

Guidelines for a great acting photography session

The Acting Headshot is the single most important marketing tool for an actor. It will be sent out and emailed to tons of casting directors and agents, who see hundreds of these every day, on their desk and on their computer. If your headshot is bad, you look bad. You want to be seen as a pro, not an amateur, so the way you present yourself in your picture is everything. If you want people to take you seriously, you must have a good, high quality, killer headshot. The purpose of an acting headshot is to see the soul in the eyes, to see spark, character, intensity- you cannot just pose if you want a casting director to respond well to your images. Following these tips will ensure that you are well received by agents who may be looking to sign you for future work.

1. Dress simply with a pop of color.

You want to stand out for the right reasons in your Acting Headshot. Wear a simple, solid colored t-shirt, think primary bright colors and no collared shirts or fancy dresses. We want to bring attention to your face and bring out your eyes. Anything else will only take away from your face and distract from the range of emotion you can display, and that is what you are trying to sell.

2. Keep a natural look with your makeup.

These aren’t glamour shots, so keep the makeup looking natural. Focus on makeup to even out your skin tone and minimize the shine to enhance the lashes. Do your hair the way you would for any audition. You want to look the best for your headshot, and if choosing a multiple look package change it up a bit to show off your different personalities.

3. It’s all about the eyes.

Just like with on-camera acting, it’s all about the eyes, and what’s happening behind them. It’s your closeup, your moment. Your eyes should be perfectly in focus, alive, and energized, and not dead and glazed over. There should be strong inner thoughts, implying a backstory and a life behind the eyes. Strong piercing eyes will bring a picture to life and help it stand out in a pile of hundreds.

4. Think about your character.

Will you be going for a tough guy role? The sensitive type? Think about what role you are going for, and take the time to put yourself in their shoes. What color would they wear? What is their backstory? What emotion are they going to bring to the camera? You want all of this to come through in a single shot.

5. Practice.

Rehearse at home in front of a mirror. Practice poses and expressions. Visualize different emotions while looking in the mirror, and watch how this changes your expression. If you’re having trouble with expressions, watch your face in the mirror while running lines from a favorite scene. Imagine you are acting out a scene and pause the recording at that perfect moment that conveys all of the emotion of your character. Pick a few of these moments and study your expressions.

We want you to be successful and by following these guidelines you will make your session the best it can be.

Child Acting Headshots

Show off your Space with Architectural Photography

Bring your building to life for prospects.

Many of your prospective clients have never visited your office in person, and they may never have seen your space alive, filled with human interaction, and performing as intended. They may not experience the sensibility of your space – the carefully conceived wash of light against plaster, steel, or stone, or the painstaking detail of a stair. Great photography can capture these details, and convey the outward representation of the careful consideration you have placed in how your business operates.

Architectural Photography

Don’t sell yourself short by relying on snapshots of your business. Count on kpstudios for images that reflect your aspirations and bring your vision to life. Visit our Architectural Photography Portfolio for more images, and contact us for help with your next project.

Increase your Sales with Retail Signage

Build a lasting first impression that sells.

It’s estimated that around half of all in-store purchases are made spontaneously, and many of these are based on the information available to shoppers at the time of purchase. Attractive in-store signage can dress up an otherwise overlooked location as well as promote your products or services and increase your brand recognition.

increase sales with retail signage

The window signage for It’s About Time Urgent Care in Helena transforms their otherwise plain storefront and increases awareness of their services. Pedestrians easily notice the bold colors from a vantage where the building sign isn’t visible, making their business easy to find and attractive.

bud's best retail signage

The Bud’s Best Cookies sign at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Complex alerts event attendees to the availability of product in a situation where purchases are often decided before customers get to the concession stand.

Contact kpstudios for fresh and unique solutions for your marketing.

The Unique Challenges of Artwork Photography

Getting the best image for your portfolio.

Photographing artwork presents a unique set of challenges. With online galleries and social media becoming major sources for artists to promote and sell their work, getting a good quality image is more important than ever.

Special attention must be paid to lighting in order to show contrast and texture, while avoiding excess bounce-back which can wash out colors or result in hot spots. On many pieces, the large size can make getting even light levels a challenge. Sometimes getting the best lighting can be a trial-and-error process. Generally, two equally spaced diffused light sources produce the best images.

Perspective is also important in photographing artwork. To avoid distortion, the camera must be centered directly on the piece. Some minor distortion can be corrected in post processing, but every effort should be made to get the image perfectly square.

Portfolio Photography

Artwork Photography

When Ellis Harper Advertising needed images of their work for their portfolio, they turned to kpstudios. When Fonde Taylor needs images of his artwork, he trusts kpstudios. No matter what medium you work in, kpstudios can help you get the best possible image to represent your artwork on social media, in an online portfolio, or for print reproduction. Contact us today.