actor headshots FAQs

What to wear for actor headshots?

Clothes & colours will make a big contribute to the 'eye-catchability' of your ultimate image. Our advice would be to bring too much clothing rather than too little with you to your headshot session - a small suitcase is perfect! 


As a general rule, bright colours & patterns are a little distracting. That said & done, there are always exceptions especially if you are a soul rebel ;) If you happen to be a big, smiley personality, work in comedy or/& have dark coloured skin then strong colours & patterns can definitely work. If colours & patterns are what you would normally wear, bring some of these items & DEFINITELY bring lots of neutral options too.

Colours which accentuate your eye colour are an absolute must. Borrow/beg/buy if you don't own complimentary colours as per below:

Blue eyes: Blue tops. Simply as - must bring blue tops. Stronger tones better than pastel. It is the #1 colour to accentuate your eye colour in your headshot & put one of your best features forwards. Please beware of wearing green, it slightly dilutes beautiful blue eyes in a photo. Feel free to bring green if you love your green top - just also have other colours & LOADS of blue.

Green/Hazel eyes: Green is where it's at. Totally bring green. Green eyes are rare you lucky thing you & very beautiful so let's show the word. Gotta bring green. Right? :) Please be careful of blue, it tends to remove green in an image. If your blue top is a favourite, still bring it & bring lots of green & some other colours too.

Brown eyes: Big congrats! The most versatile eye colour. Green a great colour for brown eyes & veering towards earthy tones for a headshot is also great idea. Brown eyes can also most easily handle colours with strength & depth.

AVOID PLEASE: Motifs, logos, designs, illustrations on the front of tops. No lace, no crochet, no polo necks, no heavy detail. They provide distraction from the main focus, which is of course your gorgeous face :)

BLACK TOPS! ALWAYS bring black tops please. If all else in your bag fails, your black top is your hero. No lace, no patterns, no crochet. A simple fitted black top//t-shirt. Even a few.

A variety of colours arriving with you for your session is a great plan! A professional camera sees colours a bit differently at large megapixels in an 8x10 crop, than your naked eye does in 'real life'. So, your favourite white coloured top may seem completely different in an image, than in your mirror at home.


Strappy tops are fabulous! Particularly in the under 30s. They nicely show décolletage (lower neckline) area. Not too low cut is better.

Let's chat bras! Please, please, please wear a bra which does not show outside or through a top as it renders a shot unusable, unshootable or commands a photoshop guru from planet photoshop.

Girls & Boys:

Tops which are fitted or at least slightly fitted are best. They ideally need to hold the contour & shape of your shoulders & body. Baggy tops make everyone look bigger than what they are - nicely defined lines are better ;)

Where can I get headshots done?

We have spaces at Pop Brixton & Brixton Town Hall, both situated a few minutes walk from Brixton tube. Sessions are usually a mix of inside & outside shooting (although if super cold then we may stay inside) potentially using both natural light & studio lights. This provide great range & variety.

Occasionally we shoot headshots on location around London, either street style or with a hired location. Do talk to us if you have a specific requirement. This particularly might be more relevant of you also need modelling portfolio, as well as acting portfolio.

How to look my best for my headshots?

It's stuff you already know :) Drink lots of water, get loads of sleep, workout/run/gym/yoga & eat healthy prior to your session (cut down on sugar & caffeine). This helps your skin to be it's most beautiful & luminescent.

No alcohol (sorry!) on the day of the shoot or day before - our pro level lenses will show up an alcohol induced 'tiredness' in your headshot. 

A spot appeared!

This is where we utilise photoshop magic :)

...& yes, we can utilise photoshop to correct other anomalies too whilst ensuring you still look like you. Don't be shy - just ask. 

It's raining!

When outdoors we'll be shooting under bridges with a golf umbrella in between, so we'll be protected by the rain. Unless it's sideways rain, then we'll probably stay indoors! 

The light can be amazing when there's natural cloud diffusion so it's worth a go!

Make-up - suggestions?

This is very personal to your own personal brand. Actor headshots are usually best on the more neutral side, although some thought needs to be given to what your make up is on a daily basis. If you're a comedienne & have eyeliner a la Amy Winehouse & that's your style then go with that. Likewise, if you're more natural then go with that look. We'd definitely advise wearing make up - it looks better on camera. 
Powder & concealer is a great combo. Heavy foundation (surprise surprise) looks heavy in a photo & best check concealer/foundation/powder all match your current skin tone. Skin colour changes with seasons. Darker make up is best applied lightly - eyeliner, mascara, eyebrow pencil. A camera lens will readily soak up colour & dark colours will look strong. It's also much easier to add later in post, than take away. Make sure mascara is fresh & before the 'clumpy' stage of it's life ;) Lower lashes only need a light application. 

Cheek colour is great. Faces look rounded with blusher on top of cheekbones - hello again 80s. Better to apply underneath where cheeks suck in - adds more contour & shape.
Lipstick/ligloss is a great idea!

Bare minerals make up has a luminescence which looks great in shots!

Feel free to come lightly made up & you can add more as we go.

Make-up &/or Hair Artists are very useful! We can arrange an MUA for either the start or the whole of your session. Prices vary between £75-£150 dependant on level & time required.

Don't like my photo taken or my own face in photos :( 

Completely understand! Communication via movement & sound is your specialism as an actor. Communicating via a still photograph is a slightly different skill set, which we'll happily teach you on the session. 

Your thoughts influence your opportunities, life & success - thoughts create reality, so choose the good ones! Feeling fear or nerves around your headshots means you're leaving your comfort zone. Congratulations - this is where your dreams can truly come alive. 

At soul rebel headshots, we work collaboratively & will direct where needed to create your most impactful headshots to date.  We always have fun! This helps create 'THE' shots. 'THE' shots that show your soul. Oh yes - 'THE BOOM' shot. 

In the quote below by Al Pacino tells it that it's all about the soul - we agree for film & headshots:

How should I style my hair? 

First up, get any trims/colours booked in your diary a week prior to your headshots. Hair sometimes requires time to settle & this also allows time to correct any hair disasters. Fringes will need trimming a few days before your session - they grow quickly & your eyes are the most key aspect of your headshot. 

Gentlemen - have a look at your eyebrows &... shall we just say it?! Check out ears & nose - trim as required :)))

Make it neat - it will show in your photo . Hairspray is your friend :)
Blow dry on the way to your headshot is a great idea & saves worrying what to do. Medium/long hair is great as a mixture of up & down do's to add variety to your headshots. Even if you don't normally wear your hair up - you'll be surprised how great you look with it up.

Plan out a few hair styles beforehand, so you know exactly what to do on the day & can maximise shoot time.

Want to radically change your hair/shave your head & have shots before & after? Fabulous! We'll split the 'shoot it all' session in half on different days while you visit a hairdresser in between. 

I'm a bearded man! 

Lush! Bear in mind if you have a very bushy beard, it's probably best to create some shape for your headshot.

Get it trimmed a few days before your headshot so it's neat, can settle & there's time to fix any beard mishaps...

Shaving halfway through is possible. If you're going completely clean shaven, we could split the session into 2 halves with a few days in between. Your skin may like time to settle if it's the first meeting with a razor in a while. 

How does the editing process work?

Your shots will be hand edited by on a completely individual basis. We subtly 'clean up' images as it's paramount that your headshots look like you. So, we talking about evening out skin tone, tidying stray hairs & potentially adjusting shado

Non-permanent features on your face will be removed. This covers blemishes, redness & dry skin.

Permanent features such as lines, scars, moles, birth marks & eye shadowing are what makes you, your very own magical self. They are your experience, your character & your wisdom. At auditions a casting director will obviously be seeing these aspects of your appearance, so it is wise to retain them in your headshot. Albeit that discussed, if they appear more prominent in the finished image than face to face with the naked eye, then our suggestion is to subtly lighten them to how you appear in person.

As an example - left shot is unedited - right shot is edited.

Payment terms? 

Cash on the day or bank transfer to arrive in our account prior to session commencement, thank you please. 

This saves millions of years (feels like it) of admin time chasing around reconciling later. Keeps prices sharp this way ;)

Do I pay a deposit?

Yes, 25% deposit upon booking. If you need to reschedule the date for any reason we're happy to move dates with 48hrs notice or more. 

If there has been some kind of emergency within 48hrs prior to your headshot session - tell us - we're very understanding peoples & will try to help.

My agent wishes view the gallery? 

Yes of course - please share the link which we'll send you.

We love agent feedback :)

What about selecting final headshots?

You will have access to a private online gallery accessed via the soul rebel headshots website & can star your favourites.

Galleries will be made available 24-48hrs after a shoot.

Can I keep all of the shots? 

Apologies, but no. We only deliver fully retouched shots. It won’t do any of us any favours to have unedited shots in public forum representing us professionally. Extra retouched shots are £25 per shot at the time of selection. £35 per shot if it's after a period of time & not edited as a batch following on from the shoot. It always takes longer to go back later.

How many shots do you take?

As a rough guide, you will receive circa 40-50 shots in your gallery per hour of shoot time. 

We focus on variety, quality of the image & cultivating collaboration during the shoot, rather than shooting hundreds of frames.

How shall I pose?

Feel free to experiment! 

We can help you create a variety of responses which will generate real expressions & emotions.

We also have a few tricks up our sleeves which we will teach you to ensure you look like a total pro in your headshots :)

Turnaround times?

Your private online gallery will be ready 24-48hrs following on from your shoot. 

Retouching is 7-10 working days from when your final selection is received. Maybe quicker!

We always aim for as quick as possible :)

Do you keep shots in case I’d like more later?

Shots are kept in the cloud for 6 months. If you'd like extra shots later, they are priced at £35 as always takes longer to find/discuss/edit later. 

Extra shots are £25 if edited in a batch following on from your headshot session.

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