Shooting Talent

I have a rule and it’s quite simple. I always keep my posts as positive as possible because I don’t like negativity. There is enough of that out there but I may bend that rule for this post.

Although my life revolves around photography, I go for auditions because I have a certain love for acting.

Headshot by Avinash Gowarikar ( )

Headshot by Avinash Gowarikar (

For those of you who don’t know, as actors, we have to update our headshots every now and then. They’re either outdated or our look has simply changed. The experience is a monetary investment and an emotional investment as well.

When I shoot actors, I know what it’s like to be in their shoes because there are certain things that bother me when it comes to certain photographers.

First and foremost, I don’t believe that you can get quality images when you overbook. Yes, money is important and we all have our responsibilities to fulfill but as a photographer, I can’t justify overbooking. It’s the worst thing I could do.

If a photographer wants to shoot eight people in a single day, it’s clear that his/her priority is not producing quality work. He/she is going to be exhausted after the 6th client and the same goes for their the make-up artist/team.

You need to give a decent amount of time to each actor to settle in and to get a sense of the nature of projects their interested in booking.

I’ve been in a situation where I felt that I was in a headshot factory of some sort and trust me, it’s not a good feeling. Any shoot that lasts less than an hour, isn’t a good session.

Also, I have noticed that a lot of photographers have this huge ego and tend to forget that the shoot is not about them. It’s about their client and if they don’t feel comfortable, it’s going to show on camera. There are certain things that you can retouch in post but you can’t retouch emotions/feelings.

We’ve all seen images that lack what I call the “soul” factor.

So if you’re an actor, remember these tips:

  • Don’t let any photographer rush you. If he/she does, be polite and ask them if they are in a hurry! Your photographer will get the point.
  • Always ask your photographer about what their thoughts are on wardrobe.
  • Be comfortable!

Last but not least, rest well and have a positive attitude!