Last few months have been busy. Its that time of the year again when 3rd year drama and musical theatre students need to get their head shots done. For many of them it’s the first time they have ever sat in front of a camera! So many things for them to think about, hair, make up, expression, do I smile do I look moody….
For me, there’s only one important thing. The eyes! Get them to say everything! It’s not easy to do but it makes the portrait work. If the eyes are dead, all the hard work with make up and hair will be wasted.
I shot student actress Jessica Bennett in natural light with just a reflector to accentuate her eyes, no need for anything else.
School of Rock the musical has taken the West End by storm, most recently winning the Olivier award for outstanding achievement in music. M.A.D photography recently worked on a shoot with one of the musical’s young stars, Grace Schneider, who can currently be seen playing the role of Marcy. Grace has also appeared as a young Drew Barrymore in feature film ‘Miss You Already’.
Grace is represented by A&J Management http://www.ajmanagement.co.uk/
Queuing up at a casting or heading to the post office with a printed, glossy, 10×8 black and white headshot is very quickly becoming a thing of the past. Technology has taken over and agents and casting directors want the quickness and ease of an emailed shot seen through a screen, be that a desktop in the office, a laptop in a trendy cafe in Soho, a smart phone on the Victoria Line or an iPad in the casting room. At the click of a button your headshot can be seen, sent on to a colleague and viewed by all the necessary people in an instant. It is fast and efficient meaning you are seen by as many people as possible and the image is crisp and clean every time. Black and White is also on its way out, current trend is to really see your vibrancy and personality in colour.
As a professional actor your headshot is one of the most vital tools to make your mark in the industry. Whether you are looking for an agent or trying to grab the attention of casting directors you need a shot that is striking, real and engaging. Your headshot is the first port of call for industry professionals and it needs to look like you in a natural way, capturing your personality and the spark in your eyes. Individuality and naturalism are vital and a great headshot is not about looking overly glamorous, it is looking like you – on your best day. At MAD we work in a very relaxed environment as we feel it is extremely important that you feel at ease and have fun during your shoot to really capture you at your best. We offer both studio and natural light shoots all in one place to give you a range of looks to really make you stand out from the crowd. We really want to capture that glint and energy in your eyes that tells just a glimpse of your story and personality, just enough to draw the viewer in to you and leave them wanting to find out more.
Had a great time this week working with two of the musical theatre students from Stella Mann College.
Laura Ewert and Emma Haughney are in their final year and they are both looking forward to graduating this summer.
Had fun yesterday working with young actress and singer Amelia Nicholls, Amelia was shaking like a leaf when she turned up for the shoot, she’d just had a call form SGA Production informing her she had been cast as the presenter for a new UK tour of the children’s CBeebies BBC TV show ‘Tree Fu Tom’. Amelia will be playing the character Sky Ranger! Well done.
Great working with Performers College student Jessica Bradshaw on her new head shot portfolio. Jessica is hoping to follow in her mums footsteps into the West End. Jessica’s mum, Kim Winfield, was one of the original cast members of Cats in 1981 New London Theatre.