I was delighted to be able to take the headshots for a couple of performers who had never had professional headshots done before. Although there are aspects of headshots that you aim for in each session, I treat each person's shoot as an individual experience. This means taking the time to test from different angles, different settings, and, if possible, different sources of light to get the best shot of that person. In doing all of this work I'm also trying to get the best shots of these beautiful and interesting faces without going overboard and making the photos no longer look like the person. There was a great tweet recently from a casting director in which she said...

And that is a real challenge. Many people have a hard time with photographs of themselves. They see only (or mostly) the flaws they think they have. Whereas others, myself as the photographer included, don't see these things but look at the beauty of the photograph and a human face as a whole. It's a challenge therefore trying to capture images that I think make great headshots, that please the person being photographed (though they should always let someone else, their agent most likely, choose images), try to capture something enigmatic, and on top of that capture a range of moods from neutral, to brooding, to flirty so that they have options. It's tougher than it looks but it's also thrilling when the images come out and I'm excited by them.