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Model & Actor Headshots

Headshots Los Angeles

So, let’s paraphrase how Dictionary.com defines headshots. It states a photograph of someone’s face, especially a promotional photograph of a model, actor, or author. Hence, the key word here is “promotional.” Thus, almost anyone in business can use a headshot.

So, there are three general categories for headshots, at least as defined in Wikipedia. Go there for the full details are read paraphrased summaries below.

Entertainment Headshots Industry

In theater, film, and television, actors, models, singers, and other entertainers are often required to include a headshot. This is in addition to their resume, when applying for a job. Indeed, these head shots are usually more artistic. So, they intend to portray the subject in the best possible light. Headshots often feature the actor or actress facing off-center. What’s more, a performer will often have headshots expressing different poses and expressions. This is to give a potential employer an idea of the subject’s range of appearances or expressions. Furthermore, these types of head shots are called “looks.” So, it is common for an actor to have different head shots for different roles. Generally, these consist of a change in attire.

Modeling Headshots / Actor Headshots

Modeling headshots are also known as comp cards or tear sheets. Consequently, they are a compilation of images for casting in one sheet. They are often combined with a resume of work, name and relevant statistics. Chiefly, they are done in color. However in some jurisdictions, such as the UK, they may be in black-and-white. By all means, models use them for castings and modeling work applications. A close-up headshot is often required to show a model’s skin complexion for beauty work… Of course, models’ head shots are also often professionally retouched. This is to ensure their close-up beauty photograph appears perfect, in particular without blemishes or spots.

Business Headshots (Executive Headshots)

Corporate headshots are portraits often produced digitally. Overall, they are used for engaging in social media, the ‘about us’ page and industry specialty sites. A headshot or head shot is often used for branding because it can showcase the business leader’s life, style and personality.

Comparatively, corporations will use the headshot to merge branding between the people working for them and its agency. Traditional head shots are still taken in a studio setting. However, shots “on-location” or “in-the-field” continue to increase in popularity. In both cases, backgrounds tend to be simple. In addition, subjects are often shown head-to-chest or head-to-torso.

Corporate Headshots

Corporate head shots serve a variety of purposes – in no particular order. First, they can be used for annual reports. Second, they are often used for LinkedIn personal profiles as well as publisher profiles. Third, they are used for Facebook (and other social media profiles). Fourth, they show up on the About us page.

Fifth, they are use on (nonstandard) resumes, corporate catalogs, brochures and advertising collateral. Sixth, they can be used on company publications and websites (internal and external); Seventh, they sometimes appear with press releases and other announcements. And, eight, they can also be used on marketing materials, articles and newspapers, and author pages.

Getting Professional Headshots

Headshots are proven to be important. For example, it’s estimated people will remember six times more about your profile if there is a picture to go with it. Also, one survey found nearly 9 in 10 hiring managers say a selfie on a resume or job application is unprofessional. Also, nearly 6 in 10 of them said they wouldn’t hire someone that used a selfie. As a matter of fact, the survey suggested these feelings were also for professional networking sites.

Furthermore, you can read more reasons why you should get professional headshot here. Therefore, in all cases, headshot quality is important. As a result, it cannot be done with a smartphone or similar cheap camera.


A good camera, lighting and studio location are critical to having a great headshot. The above photos are results for The Light Committee. They show real-world examples of working with a quality headshot photographer. This includes actor headshots and business headshots / corporate headshots.

Please look at other photo libraries for other examples. Headshot photography is provided throughout the greater Los Angeles area. You can come to The Light Committee studio for your headshot session or have The Light Committee come to you. Location headshots are also possible.

Professional Headshots

Hence, a professional photographer has the skills, the gear and the know-how to bring out the best in your look. The skills matter because by comparison to simple cameras there’s a lot to know. Undoubtedly, using a commercial grade camera and lighting is technical. A good headshot is certainly not a smartphone selfie.

These are the reasons why the word “professional” is in front of “photographer,” to demonstrate the difference in skill, knowledge and the gear used. Also, almost all headshots – or at least a portion of yours – should be done in a studio setting. Location or environment headshots can be added to complement studio headshots.

So, be sure to discuss your headshot goals with your photographer (i.e., commercial looks for acting, business look for LinkedIn, beauty photographer for modeling, etc.). A discussion matters because headshot setups can vary depending on the industry your in. See this link for better ideas on what to expect. It also has ideas for how to make your headshot session run smoothly. There are also some rates listed on this website to list some standard options.

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