Tips - The Actor Headshot

It has to look like you~!

Casting Directors expect the person in that headshot to walk in the door.  Because your headshot had a particular look that fit the need and you walk in with an entirely different look.  You may have cut your hair, changed your hair color or just look younger in person and they wanted older.

In the eyes of the Casting Director you just pulled “The Bait and Switch” not on purpose or with ill intent but this is how they feel.  

 Patrick Boyer

Patrick Boyer

It has to represent you.

This one is different in nature than it has to look like you.  This is your VIBE, your FEEL of your character.  Your headshot has an edgy bad to the bone feel but you come into the room with out an edgy bone in your body, very timid in nature.   The vibe you came into the room just does not match the vibe of your headshot. 

 Rebekah Hart Franklin

Rebekah Hart Franklin

It has to STAND OUT from the crowd in a positive way.

Standing out – breaking the noise is difficult but it is a prerequisite.  If your headshot does not stand out it will not be seen let alone picked.

A great photographer that specializes in headshots for the market you want to work in is a good starting point.  Great lighting, contrast, composition and a photographer that knows how to capture your “Sprit” your “Vibe” in a photograph are a must. 

Reasons for Corporate Headshots

Corporate headshots are photographs a businessperson, with the focus being on the head, face and shoulders. Professionals use them for business networking as individuals or as part of their company's marketing materials to promote services or a brand identity. A professional photographer usually takes corporate headshots in a digital format.

Corporate Headshot

Keeping Current

Headshots that are updated periodically, such as every year or two, allow business professionals to show who they are right now, not an image from when they started their careers 20 years ago. Current headshots present a more honest and accurate depiction of whom their colleagues are dealing with. An updated headshot also gives the impression that an organization is keeping up with the times when it comes to doing business. Digital photography has greatly improved what a professional photographer can do to produce a high-quality corporate headshot.

Marketing and Promotion

A corporate headshot can be used to promote a business or its representatives by adding a personal touch. Especially in industries where face-to-face communication is essential, such as in real estate, a high-quality headshot helps personalize a company. Headshots can be used as part of a complete marketing and promotion package, such as on a business website, business cards, newsletters, email blasts and brochures, or to market individual appearances, such as for the author of a published magazine article or on a projected image serving as a backdrop for a public speaker.


Photos taken by amateurs or with smartphones -- those that are out of focus, in non-corporate environments or full body shots -- do not help a businessperson make a good impression. Professionally taken photos that are clear, natural-looking with balanced lighting and are industry-appropriate are the best way to present a company's representatives. A focus on the person's face gives little opportunity for judgment or criticism of the person's clothing or environment as would be seen in a personal, full-body or landscape photo.

Identity and Networking

Many companies utilize social and business networking sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to connect with other businesses, potential clients or employers. Corporate headshots can be used on a company's social networking site, or on the personal page of a company representative, as part of the company's brand identity to create recognition. In this capacity, headshots present the faces of an organization -- and its brand image -- to the world. Professionals in the finance industry, for example, might want to present a conservative image, complete with business jackets and ties in their headshots. The photos also may be used as avatars in a worker's email account, so each email she sends is accompanied by a thumbnail of her headshot to put a face with the name.

Mt Vernon Art Exhibition

The inaugural Mt Vernon Art Exhibition hosted by TLP Photo and Kelvin Bulluck Pictures is a platform for emerging and established artists in the Mt Vernon and Baltimore area.   Our mission is to provide artists without a venue the ability to reach other artists and art lovers with the donation of  our studio space on Historic Charles Street.

           Dec 1st 4pm to 11pm Artists Reception and Washington Monument Light Up Night~!


Dec 1st 4pm to 11pm Artist Reception and Washington Monument Light Up Night.

Dec 2nd and 3rd Noon to 8pm Open Gallery

Open Themed Gallery


Charity Paint It Forward  - with Jen Seidel

Jen Seidel-

Kelvin Bulluck –

Katherine Guo -

Scott Philip Goergens 

Paul A Greene 


Color Choices For Your Headshot

From our Corporate Headshot Blog~!

When it comes to choosing an outfit for your professional photo, it’s a good idea to stick with basic, solid colors. Here’s a rundown of what colors look best for a photo along with a few colors and other things that you should avoid.

What looks best

In general, dark colors are more slimming and more flattering for most people. Think navy, black, deep red, etc. You can’t go wrong with a classic black shirt. Remember, your photo doesn’t need to be trendy or earth shattering. You can always dress your shirt up with jewelry and play around with that during your photo shoot.