Headshot of the Week
Actress Korrina Rico
Headshot of the Week
Actress Korrina Rico
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Avoid Dead Eyes
When we’re talking about headshots, you want the client to be able to see who you are. I like to think of happy things to put life in my eyes. You just think of whatever works for you. If you’re having a bad day, it’s going to show on your face; the camera will pick it up. And I really don’t like to look surprised. I used to have a problem with that when the camera flashed. I try to have strength in my eyes. You have to look approachable, like the girl or guy next door, someone you can have a conversation with. If it’s a smile, I just make sure I’m giving extremely genuine smiles with good thoughts on my mind. And if it’s partly open lips, I think to breathe through my mouth a little bit so I get perfectly parted lips.
Variety Is Everything
Give a variety of facial expressions. If they don’t have any type of footage of you, you want to let them know that you’re comfortable and can give all kinds of expressions.
Get to Know Your Photographer
If I haven’t worked with a photographer before, I like to get in a conversation with him or her immediately. Just about what they’re doing and their day. And that’s how I feel if we’re going to click. And for the most part you’re going to. If you’re in the same industry, there’s going to be some sort of similarity. It puts me at ease, and when I’m at ease it helps me get the shot. When I was younger, I used to care about having a pretty book, but now I’m like, as long as these shots get me the job that’s going to make me the most amount of money. And it’s important to keep relationships with photographers and stylists and get to know them for who they are.
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If you are an actor or model, you know the importance of a good
headshot. When trying to book a job, your headshot is the first impression of
what casting agents see – it’s important that it be the best representation of
yourself. So you want to look your best! I always tell clients that for the week
before their headshots are taken, they should be exercising, getting plenty of
sleep, drinking a ton of water and eating clean.
The best advice I give my clients is to substitute 2 meals a day with 2 meal
replacement shakes per day. Typically I recommend doing a shake for breakfast
and a shake for lunch, then eating a healthy dinner. Some of my model friends
recommended a weight loss shake by 310 Nutrition called 310 Shake, which I
always recommend because it has less than a gram of sugar per serving and is
only 90 calories per serving. At such a low calorie count, it gives people room to
add different things to the shake to change the flavor so they don’t get sick of
drinking it. I like mixing in spinach and kale, sometimes apples, and strawberries
and bananas together are always a good idea! 310 Shake follows my rule of
eating clean and keeping out the bad stuff, enabling you to look for very best for
headshot day. The protein shake doesn’t contain any sucralose, fructose or
aspartame. It utilizes a proprietary protein blend and leaves out the soy.
Basically, 310 has taken care to cut out all controversial ingredients and are able
to present their customers with a clean, healthy meal substitution.
Drinking this, combined with at least 7 hours of sleep per night, 2 liters of water a
day (easy equation to remember: eight 8-ounce glasses, the 8×8 rule), moderate
portion sizes of lean meats and fish, veggies and fruits, and grains and beans,
plus some healthy exercise will get you looking your best so you can book all
those jobs that you are destined for!
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A head shot or headshot is a specific type of portrait (usually a photograph) that realistically demonstrates a person’s appearance for branding or casting. Many head shots are promotional pictures of actors, models, authors, just about anyone wanting to bring their best for online engagement through social media sites and the “about us” website page. Headshots could be a portrait of a face or full body with a background that clearly illustrate the personality inside the person photographed.
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1. Wear clothes that fit you.
2. Pick clothes that are sort of generic but with understated style.
3. The color palette of the clothing should be muted such as grays, blacks and earth tones. Think fall and summer clothes.
4. Layering is a great way to add depth and a little character to your outfit without being too flashy.
5. Try to match your shirt with a jacket. Then you can do some with the jacket and some without.
6. Avoid jewelry or anything that draws attention away from you.
7. Make sure you wear pants that are part of the outfit. This allows the photographer to take 3/4 shots.
8. Wear clothes that are not out dated. If the clothes you have are not current hit up HandM for example and pick up a couple of inexpensive outfits.
9. Make sure your clothes are not wrinkled when you come in for headshots. Be professional.
10. Plan your outfits to show case your personality. Your clothes for a theatrical headshot should feel like a part of you.
When you see a person, do you just concentrate on their looks? It’s just a first impression. Then there’s someone who doesn’t catch your eye immediately, but you talk to them and they become the most beautiful thing in the world. The greatest actors aren’t what you would call beautiful sex symbols.
Acting deals with very delicate emotions. It is not putting up a mask. Each time an actor acts he does not hide; he exposes himself.
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Mathew Cape Theatrical Headshot Los Angeles
While visiting Paris last spring I had the pleasure of working with Los Angeles based actor Mathew Cape (IMDB). The theatrical headshot above is one of so many great photos from our shoot. Mathew is so easy to work with and really dedicates himself to the process.
We shot at his place near Notre Dame. If you are familiar with Paris the specific area we shot at was Le Marais. Place des Vosges. Absolutely amazing backdrop for photography.
Photographing theatrical headshots in Paris with Mathew was an amazing experience. Thank you Mathew.
“It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.” Alfred Stieglitz 1864 – 1946
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Korrina Rico Theatrical Headshots Los Angeles
In this blog we will discuss some of the important aspects for an actor to take a great theatrical headshot. This photo I took of Korrina Rico last week is a terrific example of a great theatrical headshot. With great preparation and good coaching you too should be able to nail your next headshot session.
First of all lets talk about clothing. As you can see from this photo the clothing is not distracting. The neck of the shirt is pleasing to her facial shape. Everyone is different. You must be aware of what will work for you. Think about the shape of face and how to best frame it with the neckline of a shirt. Details are super important. So with a little preparation you can pick the best option for your facial structure. This will give your headshot a feeling of ease because your eyes are not being distracted from your face.
Next I would suggest a nondescript background. Something moody but it could be anywhere. A clear and distinct background can make impressions on casting directors and overshadow the importance of you in the foreground. Make sure you plan your backgrounds before with the photographer so you know what to expect and are pleased with the outcome. Theatrical headshots should be a little moody. I wouldn’t go too moody but just enough to make your theatrical headshot have a feeling of mystery.
Last but not least I suggest that your facial expressions in a theatrical headshot have a juxtaposition. I like to think that when I look at the photo I’m not sure if the person is happy or sad. There is elements of serious but the eyes have a playfulness that makes you wonder. An interesting photo makes people want to know more. I feel that the right facial expression in a theatrical will make a casting director want to know more about you. So be prepared for the callbacks…
Korrina Rico Theatrical Headshots Los Angeles
This monthly blog post will be dedicated to clients that are booking work with the photos we have done together. It could be an editorial or a commercial campaign. Just proud of my friends and want to basically say congratulations.
Robert Kane Chan is kicking it off strong this month. He just came back from Asia where he spent a handful of months working the Asian markets. We have done 3 headshot sessions over the past year and it’s really paid off. He has booked campaigns for Target, Heineken, HSBC, Coco Cola and Microsoft to name a few. Congratulations Robert! Keep it up my friend.
It’s always nice to hear what my clients are out there booking. If you shot with me and want to submit your story to me please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
“It’s never too late – never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.” – Jane Fonda
“I don’t say: ‘can’t do that’, ‘won’t do that’. I’ve never thought in that way about work. The genuine truth, and I do think about this a lot, is that I’m one of the least competitive people you’ll ever meet. Except with myself.” – Daniel Craig
“Eventually stardom is going to go away from me. It goes away from everybody and all you have in the end is to be able to look back and like the choices you made.” – Matt Damon
“If there’s any message to my work, it is ultimately that it’s OK to be different, that it’s good to be different, that we should question ourselves before we pass judgment on someone who looks different, behaves different, talks different, is a different color.” – Johnny Depp
Acting Headshot Tips
Headshots can be a confusing ordeal if you do not have the right understanding of what differentiates each type of headshot. There are a handful of different types of headshots and I will try to give a brief description of each one.
Commercial Headshot –
When you are doing your commercial headshot you need to be able to give a genuine smile. I like my clients to give me a variety of soft smiles, big smiles and laughs. If you don’t feel comfortable smiling and most people do not, you will need to let go or practice smiling days before your shoot. It sounds silly but practicing anything will make you better.
I also believe if you look away from the camera and smile, then turn back to camera with that smile will give better results.
It gives you the ability to not be intimidated by the camera by giving you a moment to yourself.
Theatrical Headshots –
A great theatrical headshot captures the genuine essence of the actor or actress.
The poses can be more comfortable and less stiff.
The expressions can be anything and everything. I say throw the kitchen sink at it. Give every little bit of expression you have. Just remember to keep it genuine.
I think the best tip I can give for this is to have a conversation with the headshot photographer the whole session. Don’t focus on speaking with your words. Let the photographer talk and you react to the conversation with expressions. =)
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Preparing for a photoshoot can be stressful and overwhelming. Not sure of what to bring or what will be needed to improve your photography session. Many fall into a state of panic and some make a checklist.
I want to help everyone feel prepared and so they can relax and enjoy the process of taking photos. I’m going to give you my preparation techniques and you can decide which would work best for you.
One Week Before
It’s pretty straight forward. But it never hurts to say the obvious.
I spent the beginning of this month working in Paris. What an amazing trip. This photo I took towards the end of my stay. The sun in Paris during the beginning of July doesn’t set until close to 11pm in the evening. Kind of strange. I sat here for 3 hours relaxing and taking photos. I will always remember this moment.
After 15 days in Paris, I’ve returned, recovered from the Jetlag and now I’m back in swing of things. I feel revitalized and full of life. Now it’s time to plan some shoots and take some headshots. =)
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Commercial Headshots Vs Theatrical Headshots
Headshot Tips –
-In LA, a good price range is $250-500. If you’re paying more than $500 in LA, it’s normally for a name. Photographers in other markets like NY do tend to usually run higher in pricing. Bottom line: High pricing does NOT always correlate to high quality headshots!
-With regards to looks,
Unless you’re the REAL DEAL, you DON’T want character shots ie. literally dressing like a cop, doctor, etc. NO PROPS EITHER! This is an insult to the casting directors and will get you laughed out of this business.
You want 3-4 looks that can each suggest multiple roles or essences!
For example, a business suit look can suggest doctor, FBI, lawyer, detective, secretary, business person,etc. A casual look (jeans and t-shirt) can suggest high school, college, blue collar. An upscale j-crew/Banana Republic look can suggest young parent, preppy, white collar, etc.
These 3-4 looks you choose should be based on how you know you REALISTICALLY will be cast. If you’re a woman in your late 40s you’re most likely not going to win dressing like a college student. If you’re in your late teens or early 20s, a full business suit won’t help you that much, maybe a slighty unbuttoned dress shirt with an undone tie and no coat.
-COLOR IS STANDARD!
-For commercial headshots, it’s usually smiling and brighter colors. For theatrical (film/tv) it’s usually a more serious/intense expression and muted colors. Of course there are exceptions to the rules. My top commercial headshot is also one of my most used theatrical shots, especially since I like doing comedy.
-If you want to be serious, you NEED PROFESSIONAL headshots. For each cheap actor out there, there are a 1000 seriously investing in their career.
-It’s important that your head and part of your upper torso are clear so agents and casting directors can fairly judge you physically. NO extreme close ups or where it’s just your head.
-8X10 is standard size. Anything bigger or smaller will be filed in the circular file cabinet(garbage can).
-Always have your name printed on the head shot in case your resume does get separated.
-NEVER print your agency logo on the headshot UNLESS your agency is paying for it. What if you leave or the agency goes under and you printed a bunch with an agency logo? MONEY DOWN THE DRAIN!
-Avoid printing stuff on the back. Why?
Ink will smudge on photo paper. Even if you downgrade to Lithos (a lower quality headshot that can be printed on), the headshot is now dated for a serious actor is constantly updating his or her resume.
A printed on the back resume can also give off the wrong message that you’re not working much.
You should have your resume (that has your email and CELL phone number printed on it) neatly cut to fit your 8X10 headshot and stapled to the back.
-Having a border can have advantages in that you can NEATLY hide the staples by stapling where the border and photo meet.
-NO GLOSSY. Get matte or pearl finish (non glossy). Most indoor lighting tends to reflect off of glossies making it difficult for the agents and casting directors to see.
-No busy patterns or jewelry that will take away from your face.
-Your headshots need to LOOK like YOU on your best week day!
-Do NOT wear makeup or style yourself in a fashion that would make you look too glamorous ie. As if you’re trying to be sexy at hip club on a Saturday night.
Tell your photographer to avoid:
-Landscape cropping as the majority of your photo choices. When a landscape photo is posted online on LA Casting or Actors access, it’s appears very tiny compared to a photo that was cropped portrait. CDs get submissions as really tiny thumbnails. They might miss your photo if it’s smaller than the majority of photos that are cropped portrait.
Of course landscape can look great for personal websites or as hardcopies.
-Shooting you at weird angles, especially angles that would distort how you really look.
-Chopping off the top of the head. When too much of your head is chopped off, it makes it a little difficult as to what you really look like. Cropping off a small part of the top of your head is forgivable, but not to the extent where you look like a Hannibal Lecter victim.
-Too close. Don’t get it cropped too close to where people can’t see your body. At least some of your upper torso should be visible in your shots so CDs/Agents have a fair idea of what you look like physically.
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Many times people that work in the business world are chained to a desk all day long and don’t give the proper attention to grooming. Make sure your eye brows are plucked, nose hairs trimmed, teeth whitened, hair is cut and combed.
If possible do some cardio and drink lots of water days before your shoot. This will make your skin glow. Hiking is another great way to get exercise and get a little sun so you don’t look like you’ve been chained to a desk with only florescent lighting. =)
When you know you are going to be getting your new company headshots done use it as a time to improve your over all image. Check your suit and see if it is out dated, it still fits or if it is the image you want to portray yourself as. A picture speaks a thousand words. It is definitely worth having a suit that properly fits you and that is not out dated.
For photoshoot purposes the suit should be a solid. The ties should be classic and not too distracting. Please make sure that the shirts don’t have wrinkles and are fitted. Details are important for quality photos. So look at your Corporate Headshot photoshoot as the perfect time to step up your image. Who knows, it might lead to a raise.
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1. “It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.” Alfred Eisenstaedt
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