What are the uses for professional headshots?
You’re connected to an infinite number of people on the web, most of whom you’ll never actually meet face-to-face. But, their impression of you can have a direct effect on your lifestyle. Potential employers, agents, association heads…even your soulmate could be looking at your profile right now. The lines are blurred between “social” and “professional,” because it’s all out there. Put your best foot – and face – forward.
Your headshot is your personal branding. You wouldn’t settle for anything less for your company image, so why compromise on your professional profile photo? Take a look at the photo image appearing at the bottom of your email or on your LinkedIn profile. Does it make you look slightly disheveled or not on top of your game in any way? You don’t want potential clients, or even your employees, to view you as less than an organized, competent executive.
It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event, a rite of passage like a wedding or a significant anniversary. Your senior pictures can’t be taken lightly, because they’ll never come again. It’s a window of time that sets the stage for your professional trajectory, so take care in choosing a knowledgeable professional with a flare for portrait photography.
Models and entertainers, from stage to screen, are keenly aware of the connection between great photography and something very basic: a paycheck. Your ability to work is largely riding on the impression you make to casting agents, directors, agents and other production associates. The glimpse they get of you – those first few seconds they gaze at your head shot – may inform their belief about your talent. Hire no one less than a pro, especially someone who knows the Hollywood scene.
Why do I need professional photography?
You actually have an edge over your competition if you don’t hold the widely accepted belief that everyone’s a photographer. Just because someone’s phone has a camera doesn’t make them Annie Leibovitz. You’re not tempted to leave an unprofessional impression by using an amateurish photo on your profiles or career-altering headshots, just because it’s cheaper.
A photo taken by your friend and sent off to The Actor’s Photo Lab in L.A. might sound like your best shot at cutting back your hours at Starbuck’s, but it’s not your best shot at getting a professional gig. You definitely won’t get someone at CAA to look at you (that’s Creative Artists Agency, if you’re new in town).
Your headshot is what accompanies your slating when you’re in front of the casting director. Is it time for a new one? Let’s put it this way: it NEEDS to look just like you. When they refer to your headshot later, they have to remember you. That’s why you need a new one every couple of years. If not, it’s kind of like handing out business cards with the wrong address.
Head shots should do more than get you in the door. The goal is to get you work and get you agency representation that gets you more work.
For LInkedIn, Facebook, and for senior portraits, just like corporate headshots, you want to choose a portrait photographer who knows good composition, an expert in lighting, who can navigate the landscape of top quality visuals in a field of competitors.
Where can I get the best headshot photography in Los Angeles?
You want your professional photo to be on point, to communicate who you are in a version that’s appropriate to its function. If you’re in a creative field, you want a fellow artist with a point-of-view that’s consistent with your own. Coldea Productions is a team of L.A. filmmakers who create video packages and film commercials, as well as still photography for every industry from real estate to individuals, like you. We have a shared frame of reference and connections.
Who better to create your Hollywood headshot than L.A. film industry professionals who know what they’re looking for when they’re hiring you? It’s like sitting behind the boss’ desk.
Color?Black-and-white?Glossy or lustre? We can answer all these questions for you, so you’re getting professional advice with the deal. We get to know you, streamlining the process so the product you get is all you. You choose the look, whether it’s California cool, preppy, hipster or athletic and natural – whatever. We have a track record of nailing it for working actors.
Sure, there are a lot of photographers in Los Angeles. But, because our team is made up of working film industry professionals, we are able to catch a vision for what you want to convey so your photo package is one that you can confidently take to an audition behind the gates of Paramount or DreamWorks, or when the director flies you up to Lucasfilm in Marin County.
At the end of the day, it’s you getting noticed – in a good way – that’s the goal. For something as important as headshots, in Los Angeles or anywhere else, a senior portrait, or anything you put out in cyberspace, quite frankly, you want the best quality possible. Give us a call.