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Paul Pickard Photography

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Email  staffordphotostudio@gmail.com

What is a Headshot in Photography?

Headshot photography involves a portrait picture with a particular focus on the person’s face. The image itself includes the main subject, starting from their head to shoulders, with their preferred scenery as a backdrop.

To achieve the best first impression, every individual with a platform needs a quality headshot, especially for their profile picture.

In other words, everyone is always in need of a high-quality headshot, so if you can master your headshot photography technique, it can drive a lot of business for you!


Making sure you get good quality acting headshots is absolutely essential to your success. For you as an actor, your headshot(s) will be your calling card, one of many important – if not the most important – ways to get yourself noticed and get attention of directors to call you in for an audition.

When it comes to film acting, very often a role can be cast simply if you have the right look, even if you’re average in terms of your acting skills; therefore, getting good headshots taken by some of the bests headshot photographers in London is as important as having solid acting training, resume and show reel.

If you have good quality, professional looking headshots, you will:

ly speaking, solid, neutral colors work best for headshots, as you want to avoid anything that distracts from people’s faces. 

If you’re looking to achieve a formal style, make sure everyone remembers to bring their best work clothes. Men often forget their jackets, so for a consistent look, try to have a spare one on hand, even if you need to clip it at the back. And if possible, send out a reminder the day before your scheduled photo shoot. (Oh, and include an ironing reminder, too – there’s nothing more frustrating than a photo ruined by wrinkled clothes!)

Also, if you’ll have lots of time with a person, get them to bring a few items of clothing. You can do changes throughout the session and provide them with a variety of final images.

Great headshot photography includes separation between the subject and the background. There should be a clear foreground subject (the head!) and a clear (ideally blurred) background.

The easiest way to achieve this effect is by positioning your subject a handful of feet in front of any background elements, be it trees, grass, a stairwell, a building, or a desk. For indoor portraits, don’t let your subject lean against the wall; instead, bring them out so the wall can blur. 

Also, if you are using a studio background (or the wall in an office) and you let your subject get too close, you may see shadows on the wall, which makes the images look less professional. Bottom line: get your subject away from the background, no matter how interesting or nondescript it seems.

People often feel more comfortable sitting down, and at the end of the day, comfort is king.

Ask your subject to rest their hands on the tops of their thighs (it gives them something to do with their hands!). It also ensures that the subjects know where they need to be, and that they don’t move around too much.

And honestly, it’s pretty tough to tell whether a headshot is shot standing up or sitting down, so don’t stress too much about how either option looks.