Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Spotlight Recommended Actors Headshot Photographer

spotlight logo white11When you come to Rory Lewis for your Spotlight photos my aim is to give you a relaxed and comfortable session, this is why I only see a maximum of two clients per day. Upon Spotlight’s recent visit to Liverpool, they posted me as their recommended photographer in the Liverpool Region. For the past 10 years, I have specialised in portraiture, in particular with Actors, and have tailored a package which offers a relaxed session to get the very best selection of Actors Headshots for your Spotlight Page.


I will take 200-400 images of you during the session which will include studio and outside locations , afterwards all your images will be uploaded to your own web gallery the same day which you, your agent, family and friends can all access via your own password to view and choose those 3-6 images depending on your package.

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Devon Beigan Actress Head Shots“ 

“Very pleased with the results of my Actors Head Shots. Camera quality was excellent and the Photos where of a high standard. Rory was really professional, he made the experience fun and worth while. 


As it was my first time I was unsure of what to expect. However, Rory guided me through what he wanted me to do and done so in a polite manner. I was especially pleased by my makeup and hair results and the artist was also professional and very kind.


Overall my experience was enjoyable I would highly recommend Rory and his team.” 

Thank you…….


I will discuss with you prior to the shoot the selection of tops I need you to bring to the session in order to create four to six different looks via clothing, lighting, change of background, hairstyle, interior & exterior (weather permiting) locations to present to your agent and casting directors.

Don’t believe I can create that many looks then see my many examples of past clients and read their testimonials.


The re-touching will be sympathetic to each client without being unrealistic ie spots and skin blemishes, as Spotlight themselves say – the casting director, agent or production company want to see a photo of the “real” you so if you turn up to an audition or casting looking completely different to your photograph you are wasting everyone’s time!



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(Note Package ONE Available in Liverpool & Manchester/ Package TWO Available in Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds & London







(STUDENT NUS Price £179)

(Optional Makeup Artist £70)

Sessions Available in Liverpool








(STUDENT NUS Price £242)

(Optional Makeup Artist £70)

Sessions Available in Liverpool & Manchester, Leeds




Online Gallery of all 400 IMAGES



(Optional Makeup Artist £70)




To Book Please Email Me or Call 07717 139 637  For Availability

Abi’s Headshots

This was my first time have professional headshots taken and I found the experience really relaxing and professional experience.

Rory was friendly and considerate which put me to ease and allowed me to feel like I was doing it in the right way. I would recommend him.


Abi Actors Headshots, Rory Lewis Photographer Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds

NUS Discount For Student Actors/Dancers/Performers

If you are just starting or have finished a University or College performing arts, dance, drama, or acting qualification? Then I can help by offering 10% off for graduates and students on Actor’s Headshots and Dance Portfolio Packages (on presentation of a valid NUS card).


With actor’s headshots and dance portfolio packages available from as little as £179.00 for Students & Graduates. I can shoot images that will help take you to the next stage, giving you the advantage at castings. Good headshots and dance portfolio images can be the difference between success and failure.


“You have the ability and you need to relay this in your photographs.”


Poor and unprofessional shots will not do this and you will only find your photograph at the bottom of the casting directors pile.


To book your session or for more information please email or call 07717 139 637, studios available in Liverpool and Manchester.


I am always keen to encourage independent feedback and I have asked my clients to leave reviews on the; you can view some of the feedback from my clients below.

Rory Lewis Photographer Actors Headshots

Devon Beigan Actress Head Shots“ 

“Very pleased with the results of my Actors Head Shots. Camera quality was excellent and the Photos where of a high standard. Rory was really professional, he made the experience fun and worth while. 


As it was my first time I was unsure of what to expect. However, Rory guided me through what he wanted me to do and done so in a polite manner. I was especially pleased by my makeup and hair results and the artist was also professional and very kind.


Overall my experience was enjoyable I would highly recommend Rory and his team.” 

Thank you…….

Devon Beigan, Actress BBC Casualty


 Rory Lewis Actors Headshots

“I have nothing but positive things to say about Rory Lewis and his photography. I am really pleased with my photographs and think the experience and what you get is excellent value for money.


I was pretty nervous upon getting my photographs done and felt quite daunted, cringing at the prospect, but as soon as I arrived Rory’s professional yet friendly manner instantly put me at ease and after a few minutes, I felt completely relaxed.


Rory even gave me advice about how to kick start my career as a professional actress during the shoot! Overall, my photographs and the ones that Rory airbrushed are really good, fantastic quality and I would highly recommend him to any actor needing headshots as he is reliable, professional, affordable and a really nice guy.”

Lauren Flanagan Actress



“I had a great Dance Photoshoot with Rory, he was very friendly and made me feel relaxed and at ease when doing the shoot.


He was very professional and helpful during the shoot he helped me with Dance Poses and showed me how get the best finished results with my photos.


I had so many great images to choose from i was spoilt for choice! I also chose to have the makeup artist and she did such a good job, they is nothing i can fault about this photo shoot it went great!”


Katrina Budzynski Dancer

Dani Actress Portfolio

Dani Actress & Model, booked a Portfolio session on Location at the Abode Hotel in Manchester. Dani wanted a portfolio which illustrated her acting and modelling talent, requesting a more editorial feel to her photoshoot.

Manchester Model Portfolios Rory Lewis Photographer

Manchester Model Portfolios Rory Lewis Photographer

Manchester Model Portfolios Rory Lewis Photographer

Manchester Model Portfolios Rory Lewis Photographer


Working With Actors

I am a Portrait Photographer, though I can’t afford to market myself solely as a Portrait Photographer I must shoot a wide variety of work from Models to Product Photography & Interiors.


Don’t get me wrong I enjoy being a general photographer every assignment is unique and exciting. However, I am a huge fan of Stage & Film. When I shoot people who aren’t Actors  I don’t enjoy it as much.


Actors in my opinion make the best models. Actors take direction effortlessly on camera, when I shoot an actor I try to bring their true character into the picture. I like to take the time to have a conversation getting to know the actor helping them feel at ease.

If i’m shooting an established actor I like to do my research. Some of the famous people I’ve photographed i’ve not know much about. I didn’t know a great deal about Emma Rigby, so before our shoot I watched some clips on Youtube and read some articles.

The Two RonniesAnother exciting opportunity presented to me was a shoot with Matt Littler & Darren Jeffries. Formally from Hollyoakes and Now Presenters for T4. Their Agent approached me to shoot them for a promotional portfolio update. Again I applied some research and looked at similar duo presenters like Ant & Dec and even the Two Ronnies who inspired the shot below. The shot really brings out the quirkiness of the guys.

It was film & stage that inspired me to become a photographer in the first place, and I strive each day as a professional photographer to shoot more & more exciting projects with Film & Stage Actors.


Recently Devon Beigan, young actress & recent Star of Casualty, arranged her first ever Headshot Session. It was fun to show the fun and serious side of her personality, shooting a broad variety of expressions to illustrate all aspects of Devon’s Character.

Devon Beigan © Rory Lewis 2012

In 2014, I will be holding my 2nd Exhibition and I will be approaching stars of stage & film to pose in several projects to help raise money for UNICEF. Last year’s 2012 Exhibition helped to raise £400 for Macmillan Cancer Support I hope to beat last years total and raise over £1000 for UNICEF. It is an amazing feeling to raise money for a good cause while doing something you enjoy.


If you are an Actor or Actress looking for headshots please take a look at my Comprehensive Package. Based in Liverpool and able to shoot in Manchester and Leeds & London.  A Photographer who can create headshots to make you stand out with casting directors. Proper Actors Headshots, that will illustrate your character and ability as an Actor.


How To Get The Most Out of Your Headshot Session

Devon Beigan Actress Headshots Rory Lewis Photographer Liverpool, Manchester

For an entertainment professional, or someone looking to get into the entertainment business, your headshots are one of the single most important investments you’ll ever make. More than just a photograph, they are, Indeed-in most cases, the difference between getting the job you want, or, spending another morning in your dressing gown watching people fail lie detectors on Jeremy Kyle.


Your headshots should simultaneously reflect you as a person on your best day, but also show your distinct ability to take on a whole new identity. Think less “Here’s actor X as a businessman”, and more “Here’s the businessman, Mr X”. Their narrative should be instantly recognisable, and they have to be very striking, yet subtle enough to be believable.


Headshots are deceptively complex. You’d be surprised just how much goes on above the shoulders; it can, and should, go way beyond letting the collar in the shot tell the casting director what roles you’re going for.


Take your “corporate” headshot for instance. You might think it’s enough to just throw on a shirt and tie, and sometimes, if you’re lucky, it might. Most of the time, though, it won’t be enough, so it’s important for you and the photographer to add some extra dimensions to the shot. This is achieved using angle, lighting, composition and facial expression. Let’s take it beyond the collar and tie and think about your motivation for this shot. Let’s pretend this is actually the job, not the session, and that you’re in character. You’ve got the part and this is your first day filming. Are you playing a young or older executive? Because that would possibly change how you’d be looking into the camera. Youth might imply a hint of arrogance, or, maybe if that’s too strong, a touch of pride. If you’re an older executive, this isn’t your first rodeo, so you might be quietly confident, relaxed and self-assured. Your motivation will show in your eyes, and if you get it right, you’ll have a believable headshot. Again, to stress, you don’t want a shot of you dressed as the character, you just want a shot of the character. The line between you and the role must be seamless.


But is that all? No, most definitely not. What about the mood of the shot? We create that with lighting. We use lighting to build on the narrative of you as an executive. When I think of an executive, I’m thinking of a brightly lit office, clean facial features and even, vibrant skin tones. I’m thinking your position in the photograph should be aspirational to those viewing it. Obviously, since it’s a headshot, we can’t have an office in the background, but we can use lighting to create that ambience. If we combine the right lighting with the right facial expression and the right clothing, if everything comes together for just one shot, then you have a winning headshot right there.


Then we tear the lights down and we move onto the next headshot. It’s hard work doing it right!


The same goes for every shot you take on the day throughout the clothing and scene changes. Meticulous planning and attention to detail is what gets you an amazing headshot.


So the opening wasn’t really advice as such, just a fairly broad description of what you can expect at a headshot session, and what will be expected of you.


Now onto what you need to bring with you for the session.



This one is simple: Whatever will help sell the illusion. You’ve probably got a good idea of your strengths and weaknesses, and the roles you intend to audition for, so bring any clothing that will compliment the characters you want to play.


Discuss with your agent before hand about what ‘looks’ you’re going for (corporate, parent, profile picture). They can help you get together both a list of the looks you want to achieve, and the things you’ll be using.


As a rule of thumb, no headshot session should be without the following:

  • Tie

  • Shirt (white or a soft, neutral colour)

  • Suit Jacket

  • Plain t-shirts/tops of varying colours, along with dark grey and white.

  • V-neck tops if you’re male


That’s assuming you’re going for something very standard, along with a couple of all-purpose profile headshots, that is about the minimum you’ll need. But don’t just bring that, or you’ll be in for a boring session! Bring anything you like, anything you love, anything that makes you feel good. Remember, this is about capturing you on your best day. If you think of something you want to bring, then think “Naah, that might be silly”, bring it anyway! I cannot stress enough that you absolutely can not, under any circumstances, ever bring too much stuff to a session. The more variety in your clothing, the more variety in your headshots.

Make a list of everything you’ll likely need, and pack it all in a bag, freshly washed, the night before.

If you’re shooting with specific roles in mind, then consider clothing to suit that role’s time-period, and if you don’t have any, get to the charity shops! I’m not saying you should rock up to the studio dressed like Henry VIII, but attention to detail can add that extra edge to the shot. What I’m really saying is that if you’re auditioning for a role in Pride and Prejudice, don’t bring the clothes you’d expect to wear in an episode of Casualty.



This is a list of things that sweeten the deal and give you a bit more control over your output.

Shaving cream
Hair gel/mousse/etc
Make up (Nothing heavy, just the basics. Foundation for men is good)
Lip balm

Just a few things there that will help you hold your sheen for the whole shoot.



Not everything works for headshots, and often, it can detract from the final result. Here are some things to leave at home:

Contact lenses (Especially ones that change your eye colour)
Wide open V-neck tops if you’re female
Makeup or foundation that is powder based (Can be a nightmare to retouch if it starts flaking!)
Generally anything that is deep blue or black
High collars that hide the neck[/list] That list is not exhaustive, but those can be followed as a general rule.




If you’re going out clubbing the night before your session, I’m sad to say that it probably won’t be beneficial to the shoot. In a perfect world, you’d moonwalk up to the studio at 9am after 3 hours sleep and nail the session with the same grace you showed on the dancefloor as you cut rugs three hours previous. Unfortunately, unless you’re auditioning for a part in Eastenders, the tar-black dustbin liner eye bags and the expression of perpetual mental anguish is likely to detract from the headshots you take.


So make sure you’re well rested. Drink plenty of water the night before and moisturise in the days leading up to the shoot. That goes for men as well!


If you’re male and the headshots call for you to be clean shaven, do so carefully. Use a sharp razor and moisturise afterwards, because razor burn is a bugger to remove in Photoshop.


Whether male or female, make sure your hair has been washed and conditioned the evening before, and in most instances, it’s best to avoid styling it until you arrive at the session. Once everything has been discussed, you’re then in a better position to work out how you want your hair. Same for men and shaving. Try to shave at the studio if you can, because a bit of stubble can work really well for certain headshots, and if you’re prone to the previously mentioned razor burn, you might be able to shoot before it appears.




If, the evening before, you find yourself pacing the room and hurling random expletives into the mirror at a brand new spot, zit or pimple, I’m here to tell you it’s not the end of the world. Pimples, spots, blemishes, and anything that is considered temporary (as in, it won’t be there next week) can be flawlessly removed in photoshop.


Don’t be discouraged if the shoot isn’t going how you expected it to. Every session is a journey, and expecting to walk in there and start nailing headshots first time is a recipe for disaster. Stay relaxed, stay focused, have fun, and let it all come naturally.



Bring loads of clothes, wash your hair, and get a good night’s sleep!