Last month I had the esteemed honour of Photographing Veteran Actor Julian Glover at the London Portrait Studio. Julian who Trained at RADA has had a rich illustrious Stage, Film and Television Career. Staring in Star Wars the Empire Strikes Back, Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade, James Bond For Your Eyes Only and of course Game of Thrones to Name a Few. The Prospect of working with Experienced Actors is a real treat for a Portrait Photographer. With so much character and experience, I wanted to bring this through in the Final Images. To begin with we sat down to discuss the session I was interested to learn about Julian and his work. At present Julian is Staring in the Scottsboro Boys a Powerful West End Musical the Story of a Group of Nine Black Teenagers, brought together by fate in a case that sparked the American Civil Rights Movement. Julian has also played a great deal of Villains in his time and through our conversation I decided to create two looks; a Simple Plain Thoughtful Character Portrait, then turn it around and capture a Portrait of the Villain’s Julian has Played.
Actor Tino, booked a session at my Liverpool Studio this week. Tino is about to apply for a place at the New York Film Academy. Working with Aspiring Actors and new Talent is an exciting prospect. This was Tino’s first sitting, and Tino like many young actors was unsure on how to pose for his headshot session. Over the years I have developed my own unique style of working with Actors. Ensuring Sessions are relaxed and enjoyable; using ‘inventive scenarios‘ and direction, to create natural approachable headshots. I always like to start with a few test shots which we can view on the computer so that any necessary changes can be made. We then work in the studio for a time, this gives you a chance to get a feel of how I work and I can find out what works best for you. clothing and hair styles can be changed whenever needed. (A Makeup Artist can be provided if Needed). From time to time I will show you photos so you have a clear idea of what is going on.
After another coffee break I take more studio shots using a different background. Throughout the shoot we will aim to get as many looks as we can, with clothes, different hair styles, angles and emotions. The session will last around Two Hours and in that time I will take about 500 photos, which will be cut down to around 200/220. I shoot in colour and convert into black and white so if you require any colour shots this is not a problem. You will receive your contact sheets on-line via this website within 24 hours. Once you have chosen your two photos I will re-touch and crop them for you and changes can be made before you receive your final photos. With regards to airbrushing, I feel this is a very important area as too much can spoil a photo, this is why I spend a great deal of time working on your photos and like to include you in this process via email or your private page so please make sure you pick the right photos. You will receive all final photos by via your private page.
Tino Booked My Package One Session in Liverpool, I have TWO Comprehensive Packages Available. I run sessions every month in Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, and London. To Arrange Your Session, please checkout my Actors Headshots Page.
If his stellar performance as the wandering wizard Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit isn’t enough to convince you of Sir Ian McKellen’s formidable acting talent, then his scene-stealing turn as Magneto in the X-Men series; his six Laurence Olivier Awards; and overall contribution to British stage and screen, certainly will. He is also the single most acclaimed British theatrical personage of our time.
I invited Sir Ian to sit for a portrait session while he and Sir Patrick Stewart were performing Waiting for Godot in the Cort Theatre in New York and was flabbergasted when he accepted. I travelled to Sir Ian’s home in London where I felt truly humbled to photograph this titan of the stage in his own surroundings – he even had Gandalf’s sword hanging on a clothing rack like an umbrella! I was faced with the curious task of celebrating an immeasurable acting talent and so I sat and pondered for a minute. We drew inspiration from his prominence as a Shakespearian performer and decided on a style of portrait reminiscent of the renaissance artist, Holbein, using lighting to preserve the intimate detail and wisdom found in his expression.
In a short thirty minute session, I managed to compose myself keep from gushing about Sir Ian’s incredible career, but I was no less in awe of his presence; his gentlemanly charm; and his total dominance in front of the camera. With the support of Calumet Photographic Rental, I photographed Sir Ian McKellen with Hasselblad H4D-40 Camera & 100 F/2.2 which is one of the best Fixed Prime Portrait Lenses i’ve used. Calumet Rental is a true resource for the Photographer with a wide range of equipment on offer, and located two locations in the centre of London on Drummond Street and Wardour Street.
“Thank you for the easiest Photoshoot ever!”
Sir Ian McKellen
For over 80 years the Black & White Headshot has been the Professional Actors Calling Card. I have always wanted to ask why Black and White has been so coveted as apposed to brighter colour photographs.
“It’s worth noting that Spotlight does still print its directories in Black & White.”
Don’t get me wrong Black and White images carry subtle tones, but actors and performers seem to be living in a nostalgic world. From my research in writing this article the main reason Actors chose Black and White images over colour was price. Aspiring and even established actors have to count the cost of their headshot.
Colour Film in the mid 20th century was expensive to process, which meant for decades aspiring actors would choose Black and White. Over several decades Black and White became the standard for actors. In the modern world of castings Black White Images sometimes look dated, times are changing and I believe actors should choose to present their images in colour.
Colour images stand out from Black and White images and in the highly competitive world of Acting I would recommend Actors think about how they want to present themselves. Its worth considering amongst a pile of Black & White images a colour image really stands out.
Colour film has been widely available for over sixty years, and over the past two decades the medium of digital photography has made the process of producing colour images less expensive.
“Be daring, be different, be impractical; be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. ” Cecil Beaton
“In 2013 Spotlight members uploaded 94,176 new portfolio images”
Colour is now becoming industry the standard; and in all of My Packages I present your final images in Both Colour and Black & White. So you can have the best of both worlds and at no extra cost giving you the edge when it comes to casting!
If you are interested in booking an Actors Headshot Session please Get in Touch. Sessions are available throughout the UK in Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, and London.
Clients may not realise it but I can offer a wide Variety of Photography Services in London, with access to some amazing studio facilities and equipment in the Centre London.
From Actors Head-Shots to Model Portfolios, Commercial, Product & Advertising Photography.
With clients from Karl Pilkington to John Lewis, & Pepsi; over 10 years experience behind the Lens and a great team of Makeup Artists, Hair Stylists, Retouchers, and Photographic Assistants,no Photographic Project is too SMALL or too BIG.
As a photographer I take pride in my ability to work with clients to first assess their needs and then set up the necessary shots that will capture exactly what they want. Please Email Me or Call 07717 139 637, for more information or to quote on your next project.