If you know some coordinators/ casting director in Mumbai or in your town ask for different head shots from his/her files which are preferred/ selected.
Check the frames and the parts of your face body, angles, lights shown. If you do not know any coordinator, no problem. Either contact us for a free advice or check at the bottom of this post for some selected photographers in Mumbai.
Good And Bad Shots
How To Avoid Bad Head Shots
With regards to looks, 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 general looks that can suggest multiple roles or essences!
For example, a business suit look can suggest a lawyer, principal, detective, secretary, businessperson etc. A casual look (jeans and t-shirt) can suggest the high school, college, blue collar.
Your head shots need to LOOK like YOU on a REGULAR weekday!
Do NOT wear makeup or style yourself in a fashion that would make you look too glamorous i.e. as if you're trying to be sexy at a nightclub on a Saturday night.
Tell your photographer to avoid
- Too close. Don't get it cropped too close to where people can't see your body. At least your upper torso should be visible in your shots so CDs have a fair idea of what you look like physically.
- Shooting you at weird angles, especially angles that would distort how you really look.
- Silly poses. Head shots are supposed to be as natural as rain. Making stupid poses will just make you look stupider.
Some examples of silly poses
List/options of some of the photographers/ photo studios in Mumbai
The Headshot - is India's first dedicated headshot studio in association with Peter Hurley, brought to you by Siddharth Vasani.
Sandesh Jayakar Good but expensive Rs. 40,000 http://www.sandeshjayakar.com/
Yasar Curtain Photography: 3rd Floor, Meher Chambers, Mumbai cell: 919930510506
StudioFM B/1, Ground Floor, Building No. 9, Amrut Nagar, Jogeshwari West, Mumbai 400102 Tel : 32466425 Mobile : 9819362655 / 9323239057 E-mail : hamactors (@) rediffmail.com