Actor Headshot Photographer in San Diego
Internationally acclaimed actor headshot photographer Laurens Antoine brings tried and proven theatrical headshots to San Diego.
5 things to look at when choosing your actor headshot photographer:
- Your actor headshot photographer should have a lot of experience shooting actors. It’s very specialized and few photographers understand it.
- Be leery of actor headshot photographers that want to make a beautiful picture. Scenes, distractions, and fancy wardrobe distract from the message you need to send!
- Make sure your actor headshot photographer has worked with seasoned actors, as well as aspiring. They are shot differently and most actor headshot photographers cannot distinguish the differences.
- Beware of actor headshot photographers that use props. It’s just not at all well received in the industry
- See what TV and film studios any actor headshot photographer has worked with. That is where you learn the business!
As a bonus, we have worked on the other side of the casting table. Very few actor headshot photographers can say that!
Laurens Antoine: The highest rated actor headshot photographer in San Diego!
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A headshot used for auditions is unique. Don’t make the mistake of getting yours from a regular headshot photographer.
We know the business of acting inside out.
Most reviewed and highest rated.
Discounts for aspiring actors.
Unmatched customer service, and delivery.
Over 3000 actors and models served!
3000 Actors and Models
Our experience goes well beyond having shot over 3000 actors and models. It goes beyond having shot so many celebrities for magazines too.
Laurens Antoine is the only known actor headshot photographer that has worked in casting for major networks. This unique insight has taught us what happens behind the scenes: How directors and CSAs comment on headshots behind closed doors. Having worked where decisions are made brings invaluable expertise. Expertise that helps you put your best face forward, in a highly competitive arena.
Headshots for actors are very specialized. One can be a great photographer, but is hindered without the understanding how the auditioning process works. They’re just not going to know how to push the right buttons.
Before booking an actor headshot photographer, make sure they have the right experience.
Applying Your Genre
Every role has a genre, and every actor their own strengths. Dramatic, comedic. Good guy, bad buy. Approachable or aloof. The list goes on and on.
If you have been working steadily, you know your direction. If not, you need to cover broad genres while you are finding your path. Moreover, if just getting started you may be looking at more commercial work to get your reel started.
These are important things to know so you get the right actor headshots. We can help you with this.
You Need to Connect!
Engagement is our favorite word. It means your headshot connects with the viewer. This connection is one of the most important aspects of your actor headshot.
You can’t fake a smile, your eyes will show it. You can’t use just facial expressions to project a mood. You have to feel it, or again, your eyes will show it.
Being engaging in your headshot is what we work on. You may not understand that now, but you will at your session. Especially when you find that one shot where you can sense that connection!
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Lighting and Wardobe
Lighting and wardrobe share an important trait. They both need to appear simple.
When it comes to lighting, appearing simple is anything but. You still need to define and sculpt the subject’s face and head. Further, it needs to look 3 dimensional and pop off page. Why? Engagement of course!
Lighting can also do miraculous things in accenting one’s best features while at the same time diminishing others. Because many “actor headshot photographers” use the wrong lighting, we see a lot of had headshots. We use up to 11 lights to bath you in soft light where needed, and hard lighting areas of definition. All the while, adding subtle contrast.
Wardrobe is simple. It shouldn’t be noticed, and definitely not be at all distracting. We do a telephonic wardrobe consultation before every shoot.
What Happens in the Studio
Our studio and environment is designed to not be intimidating. We let you relax and spend a lot of time talking. That helps us get to know you, and at the same time allow you to be the most comfortable. 60 – 90 minutes are blocked off so there’s no rush.
We have a makeup area, a place for wardrobe, even a shower. Relax, and get ready for a great shoot. Let us do all the work!
The Session Is More Than Shooting
Many components go into your actor headshot session. It begins with a phone call that accomplishes two things: First, we get to know each other and develop some chemistry. And, we also discuss wardrobe.
Once in the studio we continue talking. When we start shooting we do so in bursts. Shoot some frames, look at them on the computer and talk some more. This helps you understand why we have you do certain things and direct you in certain ways. It can take a couple of these bursts before you hit your stride.
While we shoot an assistant marks images for us to look at so we can avoid outtakes. If needed, we may try alternate wardrobe.
Each shoot has a crest where things are going it’s best. Rushing makes that crest too short. We want to take advantage of the time you are the most engaging. Once finished, the grading system on our computers helps make the final selectin process easy.
After your session, your image gets retouched and a proof is sent by email. Once all that is settled we will help you get your prints. We know that many actor headshot photographers use prints as a profit center, we do not! We turn you on to a wholesale printer that you pay direct, but can take advantage of our industry discounts.
Personalities, many of which are celebrities, are shot more like actors, but with some twists.
Their headshots are generally used for publicity and advertising, not auditions.
It’s important to bring out the same traits you’d recognize on television, most of which are natural. Many shoot with actor headshot photographers, but we feel that our celebrity experience is far more valuable with personalities. The audience is different, as is the connection they make with viewers.
Professions that fall into this category are news/sportscasters, sports stars, even reality stars. On a lesser celebrity scale, but just as important, lecturers fall into this category.
75 Million Strong!
Baby Boomers are now tied with female head of household as the largest advertising category in both print, and on TV.
Think of how many investment – retirement products, and services ads you see. Health care, pharmaceuticals, vacation, reverse mortgage. It doesn’t end! This is also a market where producers and agencies are always shopping new unseen talent.
When searching for an actor headshot photographer makes sure they understand that difference between commercial, dramatic and comedic looks. Your actor headshots needs to fit what Boomers are being hired for.
Kids and Teens
When shooting kids and younger teens, we focus on keeping an energy up to ward off boredom. Attention spans can be short, with focus in short supply!
That makes these shoots fun, and fun shoots produce great product. Because of the short lifespan of headshots for actors this age, we offer abbreviated sessions to update as time goes on.
No Markup for Prints
We understand that a common profit center for most actor headshot photographers are prints. We do not follow this creed.
We offer you two ways to get prints:
We will upload to Costco and order prints for you for free after your shoot. You just pay Costco directly. We will charge $50 for reorders as a admin fee.
We will also upload to a commercial printer in LA (Genesis Printing) where you can order from whenever you like and bypass our admin fee. Genesis is a highly regarded commercial printer that specializes in actor headshots. They normally supply studios who mark up the prices. However, we have authorized them to provide prints to you at what would be our wholesale pricing. Genesis ships prints anywhere you like.