June, I was back in Los Angeles for a few days to photograph a series of Portrait Sittings with three very talented actors. Bo Foxworth, Tony Amendola and Saul Rubinek.
Bo Foxworth is a wonderful stage Actor and recent star of screen and Stage Play All The Way in which Brian Cranston leads the cast as President Lyndon Johnson. My first Portrait sitting of the trip; Bo is a natural in front of the lens, a pleasure to photograph. My theme for the portrait sitting was ‘Expressive’. Directing Bo to assume extreme emotions. To achieve my goal I asked Bo to assume a Shakespearian Character. He obliged me with his favourite Richard III. To my astonishment, Bo became the Machiavellian King presenting me with the true theatrical talent.
Tony Amendola has an instantly recognisable face and was the subject of my second LA Portrait Sitting. I had the delightful pleasure of seeing Tony on stage, playing Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler at the LA Antaeus Theatre. Amendola is a wonderfully versatile actor appearing on screen in the Mask of Zorro and in the television series Stargate SG1.
Seeking once more, expressive and animated portraiture. I reverted again to the Bard. Tony obliged me with a unique performance of a soliloquy from Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. When working with exceptionally talented actors, truly great things can happen. As Tony performed I clicked away at the shutter; capturing a series of remarkably animated and expressive portraits. Movement is essential in portraiture, so many photographers keep their subjects static, whereas I prefer movement and animation.
My final Portrait Sitting was the most powerful. Actor Saul Rubinek has been a prolific presence on both the stage and screen for many years. Starring in films such as the Unforgiven to television series Warehouse 13. Saul was very familiar with my style of portraiture and when we sat down to discuss the sitting he had a very simple idea. Instead of Acting to the lens, he would tell me a story. The sitting was very profound as Saul regaled a tale about a traumatic time in his life, as he spoke I clicked the shutter and each frame I captured was emotional and thought-provoking.
Having been in the business of photography, with a strong focus on Actors Headshots, for over a decade, I’ve got an excellent understanding of what casting directors are looking for in your Actor Headshots. I’m not in the business of churning out uninventive passport-style pictures that don’t reflect who you are as a performer. I work to bring a dynamic and inspiring edge to the images you receive, and which go on to become an essential element of your portfolio.
I create shots that make you stand out from the crowd – essential when a casting director is potentially viewing thousands of different options available to them. You won’t be lost among the masses. With the right photoshoot and expertly handled images, your shots will grab the attention of the casting director and point directly to your talents and accomplishments whilst also reflecting the truth of the person you are.
Selecting Your Photographer – What to Look For
Knowing which photographer to use for your Actor Headshots can feel a little overwhelming. Can you trust them? How do they work? Do they have a proven track record? These are all valuable questions worth asking.
It may help to look at the portfolio of a photographer to see who they have photographed before now. Sir Ian McKellan, Sir Derek Jacobi, Sir Patrick Stewart, Brian Cox, Iain Glen, Natalie Dormer, David Warner and Julian Glover are just a handful of the famous names from the acting world that I have had the pleasure of working with.
Where to Look
With a schedule that is likely tough to manage – with you frequently being in different location – choosing a photographer who will be available where you are is also essential. Whilst some photographers have one base alone, Rory Lewis Photography can be found on home-turf in Liverpool but also across the UK in Manchester, Leeds and London. And if that doesn’t suit, then I’m frequently a pond-hopper and able to conduct shoots Stateside, most often in Los Angeles.
What Does the Headshot Represent?
In my experience of successful shooting, an Actor’s Headshot needs to represent one thing: energy. The energy that you will bring to the stage or screen and the character you are looking to play. To create and nurture this energy to come across in the photographs you need a relaxed session with expert guidance. Used to acting in movement, my job is to create that same energy in a still: sometimes a tricky achievement for actors used to a very different style of constant flux.
I pride myself on being able to get you to act for the camera and in so doing, teamed with my photographic knowledge, capture an image that is full of energy and dynamism. The result is a shot that will represent you as the actor or actress that you are.
What to Expect from a Headshot Shoot
When you’ve chosen me to undertake your headshots, you get direction in the same way that you are used to when working on stage or screen. Together we bring out your varied emotions, movement and characters spanning the breadth of your desired roles…from heroes to villains, hopeless romantics to cheeky comedians. Your portfolio will soon be varied and reflective of every approach you need for every casting situation.
As Edgar Alan Poe wrote, the eyes are the window to the soul, and with my direction we capitalise on this whether you’re looking for Shakespearean artistry to images expressing anger and villainy. Your acting talents will be captured in pure essence.
Staying Still for the Camera
I fully understand that actors are movers. Your energy feeds from movement and sittings aren’t necessarily naturally comfortable settings for such individuals. With my understanding and expertise we work in an improvisation class style to allow your acting talents to meet the stillness of the camera. Even if you hate having your photo taken (it is possible with actors too!) chances are you will soon come to forget that the camera is even there.
Taking Our Time
I pride myself on offering my clients one key thing: time. I will not rush a shoot. I believe time is what makes each and every shoot successful. There will be breaks, including coffee, for banter and relaxation, which is then reflected in the next stage of the shoot. Producing energy for the shots takes careful nurturing. We will be inside and outside as possible. You never know, you might even have fun.
Putting it All Together
Once the shoot is complete, with plenty of opportunities for feedback and adjustments along the way, I work on compiling a large selection of photos for you to browse and narrow down. I offer different packages depending on the number of costume changes you’re looking for, and the number of final headshots.
I offer student reductions, make-up options, and child actor options. You won’t find Rory Lewis Headshot photography nerve-wracking. You will get a portfolio reflecting your energy as an actor.
Leeds based Actor Andy Price booked his Actors Headshots Session at the Central Leeds Studio last week. A stage Actor Andy needed to update his portfolio of headshots. Actors Headshots are very complex to capture; as an Actor you have to be able demonstrate your Acting ability on camera.
Not a simple feat as stills photography is an unnatural concept for actors; who are used to moving on stage. However, as a photographer I enable my subjects to move capturing them in motion; allowing them to in essence ACT on camera. Performing soliloquies, assuming characters from hero’s to villains. With over 10 years experience working with the worlds most talented thespians. I have the skills both in direction and lighting to make your actors headshots stand out from the rest.
If you are in need of Actors Headshots please take a look at my packages. I’m available UK Wide and also in Los Angeles (USA) Several times per year.
Actor James Podmore arranged his Actors Headshots at the Liverpool studio last week. Opting for Package One, James wanted to update his Headshot portfolio with a fresh look. It is important to update your headshots at-least once every year. As an actor your image and style changes continuously, your always learning and need a good photographer to demonstrate your acting ability in still photography. This is no easy feat as Actors are so used to moving on stage and screen.
With inventive scenarios and direction, working with the worlds most recognised acting talent. Including Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Natalie Dormer, Sir Derek Jacobi and many more. I have developed my own unique style of working with actors ensuring their photographic headshot experience is an enjoyable; relaxed session; to create the very best in Actors Headshots.
Thank you to Actor Joel Quinn, who booked an Actors Headshots update session at the Liverpool Studio this week. Joel was very kind to leave me a review of his experience below. Based in Liverpool and holding sessions monthly in Manchester, Leeds & London studios. I have developed my own unique style of working with actors ensuring their photographic headshot experience is an enjoyable; relaxed session; to create the very best in Actors Headshots. Please take a look at my comprehensive and affordable packages.
Written on: 02/03/2016 by Joel Quinn Via Reviewcentre.com
I contacted Rory for an Actors Headshot Session and I was not disappointed. Rory was extremely pleasant and welcoming . As for the session itself I couldnt have felt more comfortable about my shots. He kept me visually updated throughout the shoot with how they were turning out so that we could adjust and tweek things to get the final shots I was looking for!
Actor Julian Bleach accepted my invitation to sit for a Portrait at the London Studio. Julian is best known as co-creator and “MC” of Shockheaded Peter, a musical entertainment based on the works of Heinrich Hoffmann, which won the 2002 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment. He is also known for playing Davros in Doctor Who.
I admired Julian’s role as Niccolò Machiavelli in Showtime’s series The Borgias. It was wonderful to work with him. Bleach has a wonderful bone structure, I enjoyed playing around with shadows, highlights and back-lighting to create the portrait.
Toby Jones is one of the UK’s most prolific actors, After appearing in supporting roles in films between 1992 and 2005, Jones made his breakthrough as Truman Capote in the biopic Infamous. Since then, his films have included The Mist, W., Frost/Nixon, Captain America: The First Avenger, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Dad’s Army. I invited Toby to sit for a portrait at the London Studio and to my wonderment he graciously accepted. He arrived at the studio looking very bohemian and scruffy. Jones only, 5ft 5in with his quirky tufty bed head hair and a few day’s stubble. His distinctive looks have helped him play a range of flawed heroes.
Before we met, I spend days watching his work, Patterns emerge when you binge-watch Toby Jones. One is his formidable ability to define a character before he even opens his mouth. In Infamous, a blink-and-you-miss-it gesture tells us his Capote is going to be a terrible gossip (he scans the room slowly, mouth closed but tongue sticking into one cheek); in Berberian Sound Studio, his walk suggests a man both pedantic and socially crippled; in The Girl, the grind of little jagged teeth hints at Hitchcock’s sadism.
Jones is one of my favourite actors, seeing his bohemian image I wanted to create a series portraits with a uniquely patent and unadorned view of Toby. Unprepossessing the viewer with Toby’s distinctive and individual character. Jones was a joy to work with, and seeing his immense talent first hand through the lens is a joy to behold.
Actor Charlie Hiscock young star of the Borrowers, arranged an Actors Headshots update session at the Liverpool Studio this week. It was wonderful to meet Charlie and I hope his career is a successful one, it was wonderful to listen to stories about his experiences filming the Borrowers and the celebrities he encountered. Based in Liverpool and holding sessions monthly in Manchester, Leeds & London studios. I have developed my own unique style of working with actors ensuring their photographic headshot experience is an enjoyable; relaxed session; to create the very best in Actors Headshots.
Rory Lewis Photographer
67-69 Victoria Street
August/September is a busy period for Actors Headshots, with actors graduating and the Annual renewal/entry for Spotlight approaching on 15th November 2015; having a good headshot is an essential part to being casted.
I am offering Two discounted sessions on Saturday 29th August 2015 and Saturday 3rd October 2015. If you can’t make these sessions don’t worry my full comprehensive packages are available at any time.
About Rory Lewis
Rory Lewis is one of the most sought after Actors Headshot Photographers in Britain, photographing Actors Headshots for many years. Rory has created Actors Headshots for the UK’s finest Acting Talent, Stars of Stage and Screen from Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, Sir Derek Jacobi, David Warner, Emma Rigby, Iain Glen, Julian Glover and the list goes on. Rory has developed his own unique style of working with actors ensuring their photographic headshot experience is an enjoyable; relaxed session; to create the very best in Actors Headshots.
Both Indoor and Outdoor Shots Taken
25 Minute Headshots Session
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Saturday 29th August 2015 or Saturday 3rd October 2015
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Rory Lewis Photographer
67-69 Victoria Street