Actors Headshot, Jay Waylett

Jay, who is a young aspiring actor based in Haywards Heath Sussex, called me with an urgent request to make an actors headshot for a film casting that he wanted to attend 3 days later, and wondered if I could fit him into a photo session here in my Brighton studio.

Unfortunately the studio was completely booked out with other clients and I suggested we do his last-minute actors headshot outdoors. Of course on the day that we’d arranged it was freezing cold, heavy showers and blowing a mini-gale.

Jay wasn’t put-out and neither was I – so I suggested he come along to my house as I sometimes shoot actors headshots in my garden with reflectors and lights and thought we could sit out the rain hoping we might get lucky with a break in the weather and jump outside. I did this because Jay was really keen to get his shots done quickly, and I was happy to oblige.

Hey and we got lucky with the rain – with clever use of location equipment we managed to make some brilliant warm, sunny photos of Jay for his casting, even though it was actually dull and miserable and cold.

I’m such a huge believer in remaining positive and never giving up and this was so true for Jay’s photoshoot.

Here are three from the hour we had together – Jay was brilliant to work with (I loved the way he followed directions and could go from ‘intense stare” to ‘glowing-smile’ in the blink of an eye), and I wish him all the best in his career.

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Actor headshots for casting, Spotlight, Castingcall, theatre agents, film castings from Brighton’s busiest headshot and portrait photographer David Myers.

Sussex, Brighton, Hove, Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Hassocks, Lewes, Eastbourne, Surrey and South of England.

 

Musical Theatre Actress Rosie Zeidler Headshots

I just love these new headshot portraits from my photoshoot of the lovely Rosie, who is a student of musical theatre, and I photographed her at her home near Brighton Sussex.

Rosie wanted a variety of headshot looks from her photoshoot, to help with her application to study drama and musical theatre at university. I set up a small location photographic studio inside, and we also braved the cold to get some photographs in the garden (with a nice bit of low winter sun helping us out a bit).

Rosie was totally professional, took brilliant directions and I’m sure she will love her career choice.

Here are just 4 from the photoshoot.

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David Myers is a professional headshot and portrait photographer in Brighton Sussex and the south of England. He works with young actors and actresses providing industry beating headshots for PR, Spotlight, Casting Call, theatre agents, casting directors, programmes, brochures, posters.

David Myers photography works with businesses and companies to promote their work using profession corporate portrait photography.

The most professional solution for portrait headshot photography in Brighton, Sussex, Hove, Eastbourne, Worthing, Haywards Heath, Burgess Hill, Guildford, Tunbridge Wells, Surrey.

Portrait of Stage Combat Actor – Brighton Photographer

Jon Harrison, a specialist martial arts and stage combat actor, came down from London to have his actor’s Spotlight headshots taken in my Brighton studio. Jon brought with him smallswords, rapiers, daggers and all kinds of things I’d never seen before, and it was a really interesting photoshoot.

Jon has studied acting, martial arts and stage combat and wanted a varied selection of shots for Spotlight and his new agent.

It was a fascinating photoshoot and he came away with some amazing headshot portraits, both conventional and more edgy. I have started to use a Nikon D800 for portrait headshots, and I’m really impressed with the resolution from its 36 MP sensor, and the wide tonal range available. Simply stunning. Here is the D800 combined with the 70-200 2.8 lens

So here are just a few shots from Jon’s portfolio Spotlight photoshoot.

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Providing Brighton, Sussex, London, Kent and Surrey with industry leading headshots for theatre, film, stage, TV actors, actresses and up and coming drama students. Working from his studio in Brighton Sussex but available to travel and make headshots using a location studio or natural light.

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Drama and Theatre Students – Big Discounts on Headshots

As a Brighton photographer I am a huge believer in improving the standards of headshot and portrait photography provided to Spotlight, agents and casting directors. I know most students have real problems finding the money to get a professional headshot but c’mon guys this is your future you are investing in here!

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You wouldn’t think twice about spending decent money on a guitar or an amp or a violin if you studied music? Fender Telecaster – £800 anyone? £1500? Anyway – up to the end of September 2013 I am offering Drama and Theatre-studies Students big discounts on my usual headshot photoshoot prices so you can experience how it is to get a professional photographer to photograph you.

As long as you can show some proof of theatre/drama studies you can have my usual headshot sessions, with all my hints and tips on how to engage with the camera, together with 5 fully retouched images as digital files for the astonishingly delectable price of £105 (normally the price starts at £165). If there are 2 of you for the same session then it’s a crazy £80 each. 3 of you then its £70 each. I might add a little-biddy petrol cost onto the price if I’m travelling out of the Brighton/Hove area.

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We can shoot in the studio or on location and you’ll get 5 professional headshots for Spotlight, casting directors, agents. All given at full resolution for printing and a smaller web-ready size for emailing, Facebook etc.

I’m expecting a bit of a rush on this offer so I apologise in advance if I can’t fit you in.

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David Myers is Brighton and Sussex’s foremost headshot photographer for the entertainment world, actors and actresses, musicians, singers and drama students. He’s a nice funny guy, could do with losing a couple of kilos, but he knows everything about bringing out the very best of you on camera to help promote your career.

Lessons in Photography – Miley Cyrus

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I’ve worked as a photographer for many years (portraits, headshots, entertainment) but I still learn stuff; unfortunately sometimes I learn stuff ‘The Hard Way’, and this is a lesson I learned not so long ago.

I was commissioned to be the unit stills photographer for the filming of Miley Cyrus performing as Hannah Montana at a theatre in London. I had arrived early on the train from Brighton, searched out the best locations and positions to photograph from, and got some general photos of the set, the film crews working, the stage and lighting etc, before the performance started.

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I then nipped outside to photograph the front of the theatre with the giant neon ‘Hannah Montana Live’ sign. Unfortunately there were some tourists stood in front of the theatre and kinda spoiling my shot – two teenage girls and their mother. They were mucking around doing funny poses and larking about while the mother took some photos with her phone. I just stood and waiting till they left and then took a photo of the theatre and sign with no people on it.

Back inside they were setting up for the sound and light check and who came on stage but one of the teenage girls who’d been larking about outside – Miley Cyrus. Of course I had never seen here before and had no idea what she looked like. Stupid me!

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The lesson – do your research beforehand. No matter what the job is you must research it, so you can at the VERY LEAST recognise the person who you will be photographing – and especially if they are a celebrity, a musician, a singer, an actor – someone who as an entertainment photographer, you or I should be aware of!

Afterwards the company who had commissioned me asked if I had any good ‘candid’ shots of Miley, perhaps goofing around………Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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David Myers is a professional people photographer from Brighton photographing headshots for actors, actresses, singers, musicians and the entertainment business and working throughout Sussex, Kent, Hove, Worthing, Eastbourne, Burgess Hill, Surrey, Haywards Heath, Guildford. He works with theatre and drama students and provides photography that casting directors and agents want. He works on location or in the studio.