I just finished Killian McHugh's commercial workshop, as well as a Groundlings class earlier this year. I'm eager to submit to commercial agents for representation. I've been using this batch of headshots to submit electronically to castings for the last six months. I've been handing the first one out as a hard copy for comedy and commercial auditions. Just wanted some input as to whether this is the one I should use to submit to commercial agents, or if I should order different prints of one of the others. Or, worst-case, perhaps none of them are good enough? ... (Don't say it!) haha Thanks for weighing in!
You've got a great look.
NO to #1. It's too far out and in landscape. Even if you cropped it closer to your chest to the top of your head, it's going to look weird because your chest is stretched out in the photo.
#2 is good.
#3 can be cropped closer
6 (last one)
The green shirt photo is the only one I would consider submit-able. However I don't think it's very strong, especially shot on a dull grey background. It just happens to contain the least distractible elements.
It's great that you've done some workshops and classes. Now it's time to get the full prep package and shoot with a photographer who excels in shooting actors' headshots.
There's tens of dozens of them here in Los Angeles, contact some who you think can really help you get the photos you need to market yourself effectively!
Justin Gill | Headshot Photographer Los Angeles
These feel a little cheesy to me (sorry) especially number 4 and 6 with your arm up. I like the plaid shirt outfit, but I don't like the dark cloth couch background (especially don't like dark backgrounds for smiling commercial photos) and I don't like how posed you look.
Hope that helps
Cheesy, huh? ... How dare you?! lol. JK. That's why I posted on here - to get feedback.
Here are two more. Are they better, or equally cheesy?
Yes, those are less cheesy but There is too much of your body in the composition, you would have to crop quite a bit, to about the top of your pocket. I don't like the blue painted wall with your purple shirt, but that can probably be lightened easily to gray or changed.
I'm not a photographer, but I like them. I think they seem "alive" and genuine. I like the green shirt the least as it seems more posed. I think you have a twinkle in your eye and they say who you are.
I think the last ones you posted are definitely the best. There is something slightly effeminate about the pose in the green shirt shot which doesn't otherwise match your look. I like the shirt/tie look for a commercial shot even though the white shirt isn't ideal, but it looks like your skin has been over-retouched. The last two shots where you're standing against the blue background work pretty well, but I agree with Joanna that they should be cropped much tighter.
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