What to wear to your acting headshot session


What to wear to your actor headshot session is a matter of personal taste, but here are some guidelines. For guys, I suggest jeans and crew or turtleneck shirts in muted colors like gray, navy or brown. Long-sleeved goes without saying unless you’re really buff! Also, a knit sweater with no pattern in small knit will also look good. And if you have a nice suit or outdoor or dress jacket, bring it along too. Ladies, a simple boat or v-neck styles looks elegant and casual on just about everyone, no matter your size or shape. And for everyone, please, please avoid loud patterns, stripes, logos or “messages.” If you’re still not sure about what to wear call me or check my Pinterest page for some examples.

How long does a photo shoot take?

A two to three outfit shoot should take about an hour. While you’re changing I’ll be tweaking lighting and reviewing your images to make that you have plenty of poses to choose from. This variety will give you the option of providing “different looks” to casting directors and agencies.

What do I get for the price?

During our shoot, we’ll take as many as 75 images or more. I’ll then post your proofs anywhere from 15 – 25 images online to your own personal gallery to review at your leisure. Choose your favorite(s) to retouch and I’ll send those to you in high-resolution format.

What’s the difference between a commercial headshot and a theatrical headshot?

A commercial headshot is as its name implies—for commercials. The actor would be smiling, conveying warmth, trust, and approachability—the quintessential girl or guy next door. A theatrical headshot doesn’t mean it’s just for theater but for television and film work as well. The look is more serious and nuanced with clothing colors more muted. (The terms “theatrical” and “legit” headshots are often used interchangeably.) During our session, we’ll be taking both commercial and theatrical headshots.

How do I get my headshots printed?

There are a number of companies who specialize in headshot printing around the country. All you’ll need to do is upload your retouched .jpg. Here are a few headshot printers that do a very nice job at reasonable prices: ABC Pictures, Reproductions and Spotlight Printing. They also print zed cards or composite cards. A marketing tool for actors and models usually the size of a postcard. Zed cards show a variety of poses such as full body, 3/4 shots as well as headshots. Zed cards include your name and body measurements.

Check out my Actors Resources where you can find out more information about the local acting scene.

Please contact me at 443.840.0484 or email if you have more questions!