Young Actor Dachi, popped into the Liverpool studio last week for his first Actors Headshots Session. Being Dachi’s first sitting, I can only imagine how he felt, it is a neracking process having your picture taken.
I specialise in Actors Headshots with over a decade of experience. Children like Dachi are unique and that needs to be captured in their casting shots. However, importantly, these aren’t family photo album snaps, but professional images perfectly directed and honed to promote, to make your child stand out from the crowd and be invited for audition. Good headshots are your ticket to get through the door.
A good headshot will, at its most basic, demonstrate your investment in, and your understanding of, your child’s career, and an understanding that first impressions count. Capturing the essence of not only your child’s character, but also the character they are capable of playing, requires a photographer who can demonstrate versatility. If you are looking for headshots for your child please check out my packages available in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and London.
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.
Britain’s Got Talent Star Beau Dermott is poised for West End Superstardom. The young singer who already in talks about making her London stage debut has been showered with praise by some of the biggest names in musical theatre.
I received a call from Beau’s parents this week who arranged a portrait sitting for Beau’s first headshots at the Liverpool Studio. The photoshoot was The Star’s first professional sitting.
Beau is no stranger to being in front of the camera, no doubt from her amazing stage performances on Britains’ got talent. Breezing through the headshot session I was able to direct Beau with ease to capture a series of wonderful frames.
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.
Author of STARFISH Akemi Dawn Bowmen arranged a Portrait Sitting at the Liverpool studio. Akemi was in need of a Portrait for her latest book. It was wonderful to work with Akemi who is originally from Las Vegas and now living in Cheshire. Akemi also served in the United States Navy. I’m looking forward to reading her latest book. If you are an author in need of a portrait please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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.
“For Actors & Actresses looking for an update or discounted Actors Headshots Photoshoot. I have created a mini package Available on One Day Only at The Liverpool Studio” Sunday 28th June 2015″
Rory Lewis is one of the most sought after actors headshot photographers in the UK photographing actors headshots for many years. Based in Liverpool 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. Unique Headshot Photography using ‘direction’ and his inventive ‘scenarios’, Rory easily encourages clients to express themselves, creating natural, approachable headshots that get you noticed.
Liverpool Headshot Discounted Actors Headshots Session
Sunday 28th June 2015
20 Minute Session
ONLINE GALLERY OF ALL YOUR IMAGES AROUND 100
1 RETOUCHED/AIRBRUSHED IMAGE
Session will run from 11-7pm
Rory Lewis Photographer
67-69 Victoria Street
67-69 Victoria Street
Client Reviews & Feedback
“Excellent professional, easy going, brilliant experience. I booked with Rory at his Liverpool studio, which is very close to Lime Street Station, so easy to get to. All contact between us was prompt and clear and all business was complete before the photo session. Ive been photographed professionally for 16 years in London, Edinburgh and manchester and these are the best I’ve had. As well as advice and direction from Rory,he was happy to take my lead on different shots and let me feed into the session my experience of what I required. Very happy and will be booking future sessions to update regularly my cv photo and with different looks etc. Thanks Rory. Good bloke.” Keith Faulker Source Google Reviews
“I booked a short, 1-hour Actors Headshots session as a ‘taster’. Rory’s customer care was excellent from the start, with clear communication and guidance beforehand and throughout. Rory has an easy, conversational manner that made the hour tick by without any sense of stress or ‘production-line’. As a result, I was very pleasantly surprised that it produced over 170 shots – which gave plenty of scope for choice for the final finished image. Both this and the initial contact sheet came through very quickly. The only delay in the process was from me taking so long to decide which image to choose!”