San Diego Actor Headshots
Internationally acclaimed photographer brings proven actor headshots to San Diego.
5 things to look at when choosing your photographer for actor headshots :
- Your photographer should have a lot of experience shooting actors. Even more importantly, that they have had succcss with it.
- Be leery of photographers claiming they shoot actor headshots, that also create styulized photos. Ornate scenes and fancy wardrobe distract from the message you need to send. That doesn’t work for actor headshots.
- Make sure your photographer for actor headshots has worked with seasoned actors, as well as aspiring. They are shot differently and because most actor headshot photographers cannot distinguish the difference, the result can mean failure.
- Beware of actor headshots with props. It’s rarely well received in the industry
- See what TV and film studios your photographer for actor headshots has worked with, because, that’s 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 headshots in San Diego!
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Actress (Fox, MTV)
Actor (Feature Films)
E! Entertainment Host
Host, Steven Spielberg's "On the lot"
UFC World Champion
Dancing With The Stars
Broadcaster, Super Bowl Winner
Actor (The Office, Broadway)
Actor (Feature Films)
Actors Are Our Business
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.
Over 500 5 Star reviews!
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 San Diego 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, which brings brings invaluable expertise. Acting is a highly competitive arena, and one you cannot afford to make mistakes in.
Acting headshots are very specialized. One can be a great photographer, but will be hindered without the understanding how the auditioning process works. It’s important to understand know how to push the right buttons.
Before booking an photographer for your acting headshots 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 needing 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. Facial expressions alone do not 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!
P.S. Don’t forget to reade our reviews, we are the highest rated photographer for actor headshots in San Diego, if not all of California!
Lighting and Wardobe
Lighting and wardrobe share an important trait, and they both need to be simple.
When it comes to lighting, appearing simple is anything but. You still need to define and sculpt the subject’s face and head. Furthermore, 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, and at the same time diminishing others. Because many photographers use the wrong lighting, we see a lot of bad actor headshots. We use up to 11 lights to bath you in soft light where needed, while hard lights add definition. This combination adds subtle contrast.
Wardrobe shouldn’t be noticed, and definitely not be distracting. We do a telephonic wardrobe consultation before our theatrical shoots.
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
Prints are a common profit center for most actor headshot photographers are prints. However, we do not follow this creed.
Two ways are offered to you to get prints:
Upload to Costco and order prints for you for free after your shoot. In this case you just pay Costco directly, at their low price, and we will charge a simple $50 admin fee.
Or, we can upload directly 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 have been our wholesale cost. Genesis ships prints anywhere you like.