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Child Actors' Headshots

What should a headshot say about your child?

  • Your headshot should be a true and accurate representation of how you look, don't edit out any birthmarks or moles, these are part of your character and should be embraced.

  • Make sure it's professional, don't try to cut costs by getting your photo done by your mum and never even think about using a mobile phone. Amateur photographs usually mean amateur actor.

  • This is not a place to be funny. Crazy hair, foolish grins and plastic moustaches and cigars should all be left at home. Keep it plain and keep it simple.


A good photographer may well cost in excess of £250 for a session, so this is not something to take lightly.

Choosing a photographer
  • When choosing a photographer, a good starting point is our database of actors. If you see a headshot you like, click on the user's portfolio and you'll find details of which photographer took it and a summary of their contact information.

  • Word of mouth recommendation counts for a lot. Assuming there's no commission involved, actors will only refer photographers whose work they're happy with. Ask other actors where they've had their headshots done, see which names crop up again and again and look out for those who offer a professional, friendly service at competitive rates.

  • Search our directory of photographers directly. The number to the right of each entry gives you an idea of who many users have headshots taken by that photographer.

  • Additional examples of their work can usually be found on the photographers website.

Find out what is included in the fee. You'll often find that photographers will offer discounts to students, Spotlight members, Equity members and CCP members and so it's worth investigating whether there's room for negotiation. Remember to factor in the number of shots the photographer will take, the number of prints included and the cost of getting copies made. Make sure to have this clearly laid out so that you're not disappointed to receive five prints when you'd been expecting ten.

Make sure you get a good night's sleep before the session and arrive wearing clothes which make you feel comfortable, confident and relaxed. Ensure the clothes don't distract from your face (no loud shirts or patterned blouses) and help bring the focus your face. You may consider taking a collection of tops to ensure you capture the right you. Don't wear too much makeup and don't get your hair cut the day before - give a new cut time to settle in. Also avoid props, backgrounds, accessories or anything which distracts from your face. Most good photographers will be able to advise you on such things, so do consider their advice, as the good ones will have been doing this for many years.

When choosing a shot select one which looks most like you and which you think best reflects your look and talents. Ask the opinion of people you trust. While family and friends can be helpful and supportive, they may not be the best judges, better to ask fellow actors, your agent or the photographer.

The photographer will own the rights to any of the photos they take of you, even though you pay for the initial session. If you want to reproduce the picture in any form (online, spotlight, publicity for a show) you will need to get permission from your photographer. The should also be credited whenever you display or print the picture.