Acting Headshots

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Acting Headshots

The Bruiser Arts Academy Summer Schools provide professional theatre development for young people, offering ataste of life as professional actors. They also offer excellent personal development skills, allowing participants to express themselves creatively. Being a Bruiser actor is not easy, as the exhausted students can testify, but the young ‘Bruiserites’ rise to the challenge superbly. Acting Headshots

The successful candidates complete a rigorous rehearsal period, learning a variety of physical theatre and vocal techniques under the excellent tuition of Lisa May and Ross Anderson. These budding thespians get to grips with the visually exciting, rhythmic and choreographic elements for which Bruiser is renowned, leading to a spectacular final showcase performance. Acting Headshots

As part of the program Bruiser got me in to take the headshots of the students who were taking part.  The majority of the participants have not had professional headshots taken before.  Acting headshots are nearly always required when actors hand in CVs for casting calls.  The image itself is printed usually in black and white and is 10″x8″ in size. Acting Headshots

Many young actors try and take their own photos either by using an iPhone or similar or their own point and shoot camera.  This in my opinion is the first easy mistake to make.  The first thing casting directors look at is usually the photograph.  It needs to be sharp and professional looking.

Bruiser were running this years academy in The Mac Belfast.  I had to shoot these acting headshots on site, this would require a mobile approach.  For this shoot would require a lastolite background, in this case black.  I would also be using a mixture of three Nikon speedlights with umbrellas attached.

Most of the time i use two speedlights to the front left and right of the subject.  Then i use another speedlight behind the subjects head to illuminate their their hair. Acting Headshots

 

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