One of the most important requirements for actors and thespians is a professional headshot. Your whole career or chance of the next job can depend on one image.
You already know the power of a great headshot, it’s the difference between success or not being called for an audition.
I know the secrets to the great headshot. I also know that no one is an expert at having a headshot taken. This is why I will coach you every step of the way.
In 3 simple steps, you will learn the poses and techniques to make that winning image.
You are looking to impress casting directors, producers, and acting agents. The importance of high-quality professional headshot photography cannot be overstated.
You need a picture that states who you are in one glance. We can help!
We are in easy reach of Manchester, Bolton, and Wigan as we are just off J5 on the M61.
I have spent over 40 years in the entertainment industry. I have sifted through, looked at, and chosen people from thousands of images I have been presented with over many years.
I have also taken hundreds if not thousands of headshot images. Knowing what to look for in a final image has helped me produce a successful style that gets the client the results they desire and deserve.
Reasons to be cheerful:
All our actors headshots are suitable for:
Most of all, great headshots.
To provide you with a selection of top quality professional headshots that will give you confidence, that will help you get your foot in the door, to get you in front of the casting director, to give your agent something to represent you.
Headshots open doors, create an expectation, tell a story. If you don’t have a headshot, an image, then you may be missing out on work and opportunities. You may never get the break you feel you deserve, no matter how good you are.
During our headshot session, I aim to help you, capture the emotion, set the mood and have some fun along the way. Your headshot photo needs to look like you, maybe several versions of you, the acting you, and the true self.
I will take lots of shots, more than enough. We check them as we go along, together, to make sure you are happy.
Whether your a complete beginner or have some years of experience, we will help you achieve great results with your images.
Once you have booked your headshot session in, we will send you one of our information sheets packed full of helpful advice and tips on how to prepare for your photoshoot.
This covers many things from choice of clothing, grooming, make-up and what happens during and after your photo-session.
You can also speak to me, your professional photographer, a couple of days before your appointment if you have any last minute questions or just to calm any nerves you may have, its good to talk and we are happy to help in any way.
Very few people know how to pose for headshots, it is not something you will do every day.
I will lead you every step of the way, step by step, explaining the best body posture and position, the best head position for you (because we are not all the same), and how to get the best expressions with your eyes and mouth.
Within an hour you will be an expert!
Our sessions are private and you can relax and enjoy the experience. I try my best to create a warm and friendly atmosphere and all my feedback has been positive pointing to a fun but professional photo session.
Atherton Photo Studio is just off Junction 5 on the M61.
I am fairly close to everywhere in the North West, the following is an approx distance by car and my directions page has more details.
Leigh 5 mins
Bolton 20 mins
Wigan 25 mins
Warrington 25 mins
Stockport 30 mins
Chester 40 mins
Blackpool 45 mins
Liverpool 60 mins
Leeds 60 mins
If you are (or have) a child, at school, and aged 15/16 or younger, you may be entitled to a discount on our session fee.
Full pricing will be posted soon, for now, please enquire by completing the form below.
Your headshots are designed to help you get work as an actor. They are designed to please your agent and casting directors, not your mother or best friend.
Acting agents will want to display the right picture of you on their website and will sometimes ask for a photographer’s release form which can be done for you quickly and it is free.
You may want to display them on your social media of acting websites such as Spotlight, Mandy, and StarNow amongst others.
Actors Headshot photographs are designed to be clean, attractive, thought-provoking, eye-catching, and look like you, all at the same time.
That’s some ask!
Our aim is to attract the eye of the person you are trying to impress.
All our actors’ headshots are suitable for:
I have a specific but flexible style in order to get you noticed.
Due to the wonderful British Weather its no surprise that 99% of our headshot photoshoots are indoor. Although natural light can give some outstanding results, you are at the mercy of the sun, clouds and other elements.
Atherton Photo Studio is a professional compact studio with all modern lighting and only the highest quality Canon photography equipment.
I have access to some wonderful natural backdrops in the grounds of my studio to the rear of the building, including a mixture of different coloured brick walls and greenery.
I use a mixture of flash and constant lighting in the studio with a variety of different coloured backdrops in addition to the popular back and white, the prefered choice of many casting agents.
I will help you every step of the way and there is much more information about my photoshoot sessions on my pricing page.
Remember my session times are not strictly limited in time, I don’t book hourly so you won’t be rushed and we will pick your images at the end of your session so you won’t be waiting days for an upload of hundreds of similar images nor will you be left alone to choose the best ones.
There are many photographers in Manchester. All I can say is look at my Google reviews and testimonials, and the images of course. I make the headshot session an experience.
Whats the difference between headshots and portraits?
Simply put, headshots are from the shoulders or chest upwards and portraits cover the whole body head to toe. Portraits can use many more props such as chairs, sofas and even the floor. Costumes will be much more important on a portrait shoot.
Talent starts young these days and agencies will still insist on professional actors headshots no matter how old the young thespian may be.
In order to help out we do provide a small discount for school children, that is everyone under the age of 16 – or 16 and still at school.
We can get some amazing images for you if you need child actors headshots for our next superstar of the cinema or theatre.
Age isn’t the main consideration, as long as the parent believes that the child protege is able to sit calmly in front of the camera and follow simple instructions, its a piece of cake!
Anyone 17 and under has to be accompanied by a parent.
I am afraid that this does not extend beyond 16.
All images are taken and treated in the same way as adult images, in the same studio with the same equipment, and edited to the same high standard.
Our studio is open in the evenings and at weekend so we can accommodate after school or weekend sessions.