Sunday, May 15, 2011

Selecting the right Acting headshot

All Photos by: Chris Turk ©2011

As I mentioned in my last blog, I shot new headshots with photographer Chris Turk. It was an amazing experience! Click HERE to to read all about it! 

Basically, we shot 5 looks, and I selected 3 of my favorite looks...

Narrowing it down to 3 looks was really a challenge! I went through a LOT of photos and based my choices on the types of roles I was submitting for, and on the type of characters I want to play. There were so many amazing photos! I had so many options, which was kind of overwhelming! In a good way of course...I'd rather have a lot of options than none!

 I decided to share my photos with my industry peers and friends online (on my social networking sites Blogger, Facebook, Twitter...) to see what type of response the photos would get. The response was really amazing and only helped to reassure my choices!

I wanted to allow a little time to go by before going to get them printed up. Sometimes I like to walk away & come back before making a final decision on things, just to be sure. Sometimes I just know immediately! Either way, I trust myself in my decision making!

A day or two went by, and I realized that I didn't have any photos that showed me smiling! For many reasons I have always had a smiling headshot, especially because there are many casting directors looking for actors with great smiles, and I really love to smile! (^.^)

I decided to go back and look at all the photos on the disc (Luckily, the photographer gave me a disc with all the photos).

I'm so glad I did! I decided to go through the photos featuring me as the young mom, teacher, nerd look (glasses, head band, flannel shirt). I figured this look would be perfect for a smiling shot! I hoped I to find one. There were a lot of photos to go through and I took my time going through each one. All I needed was one great shot! To my delight there was!!!

I don't know how I missed this photo, but I loved it! This photo is exactly what I wanted! Perfect! 

The bottom line is, I really took the time to think about what I wanted. Knowing what I wanted before going back through the photos made it was easier to see it! 

I'm so glad I thought about it, and let a little time go by  before having my photos printed up! Here are the three I'm going with now:

 All photos by: Chris Turk ©2011

Stay tuned for more acting stories!

PeAcE LoVe aRt & sOuL
Denise Vasquez

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