ACTOR HEADSHOTS THAT
STOP THE SCROLL
ACTOR HEADSHOTS THAT
STOP THE SCROLL
As an actor, your headshots are one of your most important marketing tools. This is true whether you are submitting your 8×10, a digital headshot, for your personal website, and even for making sure your social media branding is firing at 100%. You are your brand. Whatever images you choose to show casting directors, or to represent your personal/digital branding is important. During our session, I will coach you the entire time to draw out honest reactions from you. We will work together to make images that grab people’s attention at a glance.
If you wear makeup, I highly recommend hiring one of my trusted makeup artists. I only want the best artists working with you on your headshot session which is why I work with Louisville’s best makeup artists, The Beauty Patrol.
The Beauty Patrol is a team of highly skilled, full-time makeup artists that I have been working with for years. They know exactly how headshot makeup should look, use only professional products, and stay with us throughout your entire session to make sure your makeup looks amazing on camera and to make changes as we go to ensure you have a broader range of headshots to help you book your next paying job.
(Represented by Helen Wells)
When booking Ben Marcum, get ready to have fun and be amazed with the results! It’s such a personal experience, and he makes you feel like the center of his attention. His partnership with terrific ladies at The Beauty Patrol only further adds to the professional touches he has to offer.
I have heard so many good things from friends before booking my first headshot session with Ben, and turns out the words were TRUE! The whole experience was indeed fantastic!
Ben was very professional, very dedicated, and very fun to work with. His good personality and sense of humor make you feel very comfortable in front of the camera. And his interpersonal skills can activate the genuine reaction of you, thus produce genuine headshots. Most importantly, his excellent photography skills capture and produce the best static moments. He is a hard worker with good ethics, and also very efficient.
Ben Marcum Photography has the highest quality headshots in Louisville! I was so impressed with how the makeup and lighting came together to produce such a beautiful and NATURAL shot! Ben and Pam (the lovely makeup artist I worked with) truly take care of their clients! They were so accommodating, fun to work with, and super talented! I left the studio with ten times as many options as I expected. During the photo shoot, Ben gives excellent direction on how to produce the best image and provides feedback on the spot to make sure you get the most out of your time there. I would recommend Ben Marcum to anybody! It was such a pleasure to work with him!
What can I say about Ben? I feel like nothing I write in this review is going to do him and his work justice, but I’ll give it a shot. He is hands-down the BEST headshot photographer I’ve ever worked with and is a true gem for the Louisville area. No matter the reason for your headshots, creative or professional, call this man. He’ll have you rolling on the floor with laughter during your entire shoot, and will coach out expressions you didn’t even know you could make. He makes the whole process painless and stress-free. If none of that is testament enough, I was so nervous about my teeth being a negative factor that I went in resolving to barely smile, and yet the first photo I picked from my proofs was a full-on toothy, laughing grin – if he can get me over that phobia, the man can do anything. In short, if you’re in need of headshots, call Ben. I truly can’t recommend him enough.
Plan on your acting headshot session to be up to 2 hours. This includes clothing changes, makeup, or any other grooming time needed throughout the session. When you get to the studio we will take some time to look at the clothing that you bring. We will pull together a couple looks, normally 2 to 4, and put together a plan for what order we will shoot. If you have specific requests, now is the time to let us know. If you are working with my makeup artist, you will head over to the makeup chair and get ready.
Once we start shooting, I will be working with you the entire time to make captivating images that showcase your range and will be usable for the type of roles that you are working for. I shoot with my camera connected to my computer (Tethered). This enables us to see the images as we go. We will take time during the shoot to look at the images so that we know what is working and what is not. This allows us to fine-tune your images. Since we will be reviewing the images after each clothing look, you will know that we created images that you can work with. There will be no surprises by the time you leave my studio.
I shoot my headshot sessions horizontally. If you need a vertical shot, please let me know and I will be happy to frame a couple up for you.
My headshot sessions are shot on a solid white, gray, or black background.
Remember that you and I are a team in this process. We are going to work to get the best images we can of you. I will guide you the entire time, but you also have to be willing to let go and have some fun. Let me assure you, it is always strange to step in front of a camera, at first. That is true for most people. However, We will have a lot of fun and get great images.
A 50% a non-refundable deposit is required to schedule your session. This will apply towards your session fee. I will send you an invoice that will be paid via PayPal for this session fee/deposit. If you are using my onliine scheduler, you will pay your deposit there.
After your session, I often go through the entire session one more time, with a fresh set of eyes, to make sure that I didn’t miss a great image that you should look at, or that any that maybe shouldn’t be in the final mix didn’t slip past us in our excitement. After I know your gallery is full of the best options, I will upload them to a password protected proofing gallery.
Basic retouching of selected images normally takes between 1 and 2 weeks for digital delivery. I do not go crazy on retouching. I want the image of you to look like you when you go into auditions or to meet with casting professionals. My retouching consists of minor blemish removal, color correction, exposure correction. If advanced or special retouching is quested, additional fees may apply.
I do not release unedited images.
If an image is needed more quickly, a rush fee of $50 per rushed image will apply.
The makeup artist that I work with stays with us the entire session to keep an eye on your makeup while you are in front of the camera and to make adjustments to your makeup, if needed, as we change looks.
The makeup artist fee is paid directly to the artist the day of your shoot.
You should update your headshots at a minimum of every 2 years. If you make any drastic change in your appearance, you may need to update sooner. I do offer a returning client discount for your session fee. Returning client rate is currently $300 (a $50 savings). If my prices change, the returning client rate will adjust. Please be sure to ask about current rates. The retouching and makeup artist fees are not discounted.
If after your session, you would like my opinion as to which images are most marketable, I will be happy to book an hour session with you to go through each shot with you. My post-session consultation is $100.
For your acting headshot session, I want you to bring 7 to 10 outfit choices with you. Most likely, we will shoot 2 to 4 of them, but it’s good to have options here. Make sure you love the clothes you bring. If you don’t love it or are not comfortable in it, don’t bring it. That also does not mean bring 7 of the same style shirt in different colors. Think about range in your outfits and how you carry yourself in different clothing. For example, I know I feel very different when I wear jeans and a t-shirt and when I wear a suit. Both looks are very much me, but they have a different effect on my “vibe”. I crop in very close to head and shoulders, so you don’t really need to worry about lower body changes unless it affects your attitude (sometimes a great pair of shoes changes everything).
You will want to avoid busy patterns and logos, or anything that has a poofy front or sleeves. These things can be distracting in a headshot. Don’t worry about being seasonal. T-shirts and tank tops can be great. I do love layers and textures, so light jackets and sweaters can be great. While we don’t need to be in costume, do think about the roles that you may want. We probably want to get girl/guy next door, something you might wear to a job interview, and something with attitude.
There is not really a good or bad color. If you love it, bring it. I would rather us have too many options here and not need them, than not have enough, or have you go “Oh man, I wish I brought that one jacket.”
If you are worried that your wardrobe is a little lacking for your headshots, have some fun, go shopping. If you don’t think you want to keep the pieces after the session, we don’t have to take the tags off so you can return them (of the store allows it. Always check the return policy first).
We will not want any jewelry in your headshots. Things like earrings and necklaces tend to pull the eye away from your face which is the last thing we want.
Women, I do not require you to work with my makeup artist, but I do highly encourage it. We work together on a regular basis, and the makeup is applied to work with the lighting that I use. She is there with us the entire session and knows what works well for camera. She is able to help us make small adjustments as we go to help add a little more versatility to your session.
If you have any makeup allergies, please let us know before your session. If you have makeup sensitivities, we may also request that you bring any makeup that you already have that you know will be safe for you.
Please come to your session with a clean face and no makeup. If you have a skincare routine with creams and oils it is still perfectly okay to follow exactly as you do daily.
Pro tip: Sometimes it’s extremely hard to get that excess mascara off, especially if it is a long-wearing formula. Take a q tip, any tissue, or even your fingers and use coconut oil across your lashes. Wipe away gently while the oil dissolves the solution in the mascara. A little bit goes a long way with this method.
We like to start with a very clean/natural look, then add a little makeup about midway through the session if you’d like (maybe a little eyeliner, a touch darker lip, normally in the pinks, and maybe a light eyeshadow if needed). If you’d like to start a little more than natural, that is fine too, just let us know. Ultimately, we want to keep your look simple so that casting directors can envision you in multiple roles, and so you can easily recreate the look when you go on auditions.
If there is a specific foundation, mascara, hairspray, or any other product you have an absolute love for please bring that item. The makeup artist no problem with using a favorite product or shade that you have come to know was made for you.
If you have sensitive skin and require a special foundation please bring that with you the day of the shoot.
You should come to the studio with your hair styled as you would on a good hair day. Hairstyles are extremely personal, and you will know how you like to wear it, and how to most easily replicate the look when you are going on auditions. If you want a style change through the session, for example, your hair is curly and you want it straight, one of my makeup artists can help you with that. Please let us know before your session if this will be the case so we can plan accordingly. If you have long hair, I do encourage you to bring a ponytail holder. That can be a good look for your portfolio.
99.8% of the time, I do not want makeup on men. You may want to use a little dab of moisturizer (if your skin is not oily) and a little clear lip balm, and that is it.
If you have or can grow facial hair, feel free to come in with what you have. If you then want a clean-shaven look, bring your shaving supplies and you can shave at some point during the session.
About a week before your session, start drinking lots of water, and try to avoid anything that can dehydrate you. Well hydrated skin looks great on camera. It has a nice, healthy glow.
The night before, get a good night’s sleep.
Eat something before you come in.
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