Actors’ Headshots.

So your agent has asked for new headshot pictures and your heart has just sunk.

Yes, as an ex-actress I can completely empathise with this and felt exactly the same way each time I got that call. I always hated every minute of my shoots – being told to ‘open your eyes more’ or to ‘relax’. I never failed to find the shoots horribly demanding and hugely intimidating, usually sending me into week-long depressions when I saw the end results.

Unfortunately, though a great headshot is a must. Without it, there is no way of getting through that door. Not only do you need one but you need a fantastic photo and you need to get them taken regularly. Sorry, guys – I know that’s not what you want to hear but with a tv director for a husband I hear only too often how badly actors are marketing themselves. It’s a business so treat it as one and the jobs will come flooding in!

Testimonials.

Will Beynon.

Cheers for everything Henrietta, you’ve been fantastic and the shots are awesome. I couldn’t be happier.

Charlie Cox, Agent at Diamond Management.

Terrific photographs at a competitive price and a couple of hours spent enjoying Henri’s tremendous company. Highly recommended!

Abigail Thaw.

I hate having my photo taken. I’m an extremely uncomfortable sitter but Henrietta turned the process into a relaxed and enjoyable social occasion. She instantly made me laugh and put me at ease. It seemed effortless, although her obvious understanding of light and composition made you realise all the work had been prepared in advance. I just had to sit there and have a good time. I was thrilled with the pictures.

Eric Loren.

I’ve been to many photographers over the years and had loads of photos taken for headshots and publicity. I have to say that working with Henrietta Garden was by far the most enjoyable and relaxed I have ever felt with a photographer. I am thrilled with the photographs as is my agent. I can’t recommend her highly enough.

Tony O'Callaghan.

Henrietta – Funny, friendly, very witty and amazing photos at the end of it.

Will Barton.

I was extremely pleased with the photos taken by Henrietta. She made me feel at ease which meant that the photos have a relaxed quality I’ve never achieved before! I’m so pleased with the results as is my agent!

David Michaels.

I think, like a lot of actors I don’t really enjoy having publicity photos taken but Henrietta made it so painless, fun and enjoyable I almost didn’t realise that we’d done them. Being so relaxed meant that the shots we got are exactly – exactly – what I wanted. They’re just perfect. Thank you, Henrietta. Very much.

Jane Frisby, Casting Director.

I’d certainly recommend Henrietta to any actors asking me for amazing headshots at realistic prices.

Jennifer Hainey.

I am not a fan of getting my photo taken, which is a bit of an occupational hazard, but Henrietta was fantastic. Even before the shoot, Henrietta called to let me know all the ins and outs, what I should wear, how much makeup was required. Then on the day, everything was so relaxed and friendly and we were giggling all the way through which brought out the most natural headshots I have ever had. The results were better than I could have asked for. I would definitely recommend Henri to anyone looking for new professional photos. Thank you so much again, Henrietta, you have been awesome!

Carol Starks.

I’m delighted with my photos from Henrietta. I’ve so often been disappointed with headshots in the past, but the session was so relaxed and enjoyable and Henrietta was so encouraging and fun, that it brought out the best in me – and I feel this shows in the photos.

Cate Hamer.

The most fun I’ve ever had having my photo taken and I couldn’t believe the results!

Ivan Kaye.

I usually hate having photos, But Henrietta was a pleasure, and I’m delighted with the results. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her.

Caroline Gruber.

Oh my God!! I love every single one of them, they’re brilliant!! In many ways the best I’ve ever had because you got ME and not some simpering actress! THANK YOU! I’m thrilled.

My experience.

Because of my first-hand experience as an actor and as a ‘casting director’ for my husband  I really do know how to ensure that my clients feel happy, comfortable and totally at ease. My shoots are never scary or intimidating but always actually really fun. That is the only way I believe that a photographer can really capture the essence and character of the actor – after all, that’s what the casting director is looking for when your headshot lands on their desk (or laptop).

For an actor, a really good headshot is a must – no matter how much you try to convince yourself that your five-year-old pic still ‘looks like you’ and is ‘still ok’ it’s not going to get you spotted and through that door unless it’s up to date, new and captures the attention of those with the brief. Being married to a tv director has only confirmed this even more – seeing him toss cvs and pics aside that don’t capture his attention says it all really.

Before the shoot.

We’ll have a chat, whether on the phone or over email to talk about what to bring and the ‘looks’ we’re after for your shoot. It’s generally good to bring a  few tops for us to choose from on the day as we’ll not only have more variety but you’ll actually need some completely different ‘characters’ to give your agent and to put on your Spotlight profile. We will discuss what you should bring along beforehand as it’s always a little different depending on your age, gender and general casting type.  As you’re allowed up to 5 images on your Spotlight profile it’s best to make the most of that.  Different looks and ‘characters’ up there help those casting directors to immediately visualise how they can cast you so don’t skimp on that!

What happens during the shoot?

I usually take actor shots outside in a particular location near to me in Crouch End, North London but can also take studio shots at my home there if you’d prefer. I find natural lighting more filmic personally but studio lighting with a black backdrop can look good too and we can discuss this prior to the shoot. The shoot takes around an hour and involves a good few changes of clothing during which we’ll get you all the shots you’ll need.

After the shoot.

Once I’ve loaded up the pictures and deleted any less than marvellous ones I’ll do some general post-production on them all before loading them all onto a contact sheet to send over to you for your perusal. If you have an agent I can also send it directly to them as they usually like to do the choosing – after which we hopefully come to some decisions about which 5 to choose. If needed I can also put them under my husband’s nose – it’s often useful to get the opinion of those who will be employing you after all. 

Once you’ve chosen your five favourites it’s back over to me and my editing tools to make your portrait absolutely perfect, dynamic and stunning with just the right amount of re-touching and editing – though nothing too drastic to hinder it looking absolutely like you.

With a fantastic new headshot out there doing all that work for you, you can rest assured you are doing all you can to get those casting directors to call you in. Next thing, of course, is your showreel – but I’m afraid I can’t help you with that.

Give your agent something they really can work with – they’ll thank you for it and so will you when those castings start coming in.

Prices

Photo session (however long it takes) £295.00. Includes.

  • Pre-shoot chat
  • Contact sheet emailed to you on your own link
  • Five of your faves re-touched, beautified and in suitable image sizes for all uses
  • Extra re-touched images available at a cost of £40 per image

If you would like to book me for a shoot or have any questions about my work I would be delighted to hear from you.

henrie@henriettaphotography.com

07973 825734

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