Ben McMath


Ben McMath

Ben McMath


This here is Ben McMath a second year Mount View Student just about to go into his third year.  So for Ben all this acting stuff is beginning to get pretty real and he wanted to get a good headshot to start the year off with.  I really like his relaxed and natural smile in this frame.  Its never easy to get a rid of  tension around the mouth, which can lead to those pretty scary half lunatic half mentalist smiles we’ve all got in our holiday albums somewhere. but Ben got this sorted within the first few shots of the session. Nice one.

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Colour Vs Black and White in the UK

So what do people think??

The UK still seems pretty traditional on this and black and white is very much the done thing.  But surely black and white dominance is down to historical reasons of reproduction costs and film costs? Colour is a lot more accurate – hair colour, freckles, eye colour etc can all be confused in black and white prints but then again there is something timeless and essential to the black and white image.

So yeah, opinions please! 3…2…1… Fight!

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Sam Ford


Sam Ford


Ok here is Sam.  Top chap. His casting tends to put in brooding, introspective roles which I think this image nails pretty well.  His agent also wants to see the colour version so stay tuned to see some 21st century colour headshots coming this way. Which also nicely leads on to my next post…

edit: and here is said colour version


Sam Ford Colour


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Chara Jackson


Chara Jackson


So today we had the amazing Chara in the studio.  This chic has some serious presence!  Its one of those shoots that’s hard to chose the winning image from but I love this shot for so  many reasons: great strong eye contact, a really relaxed smile with no hint of tension what-so-ever, lovely shoulder positions, and a great depth of field on the lens blurring out everything except the face and really drawing the viewer in.  Everything you could ever need from a headshot. The viewer goes straight to the eyes and the expression keeps you looking for ages.

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Liam Currie

This is Liam Currie another ALRA student joining the pro headshot gang.    A total natural in front of the camera it didn’t take us too long to get a load of great shots.  This is just one of them.

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Ben Tosh

Hey everyone this is Ben Tosh an ALRA student who is just made the (in my massively bias opinion) totally awesome topnotch  move to go ahead and get some professional headshots done.  We wanted something that reflected Ben’s easy going, cheerful character and we really nailed it with this shot.  He’s back up to Scotland for the holidays while his folks swan off to Disneyland but will be back tearing it up in London well before the start of next term.

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Chantal Bluck

Chantal Bluck

Chantal Bluck

This is Chantal Bluck, one of the most naturally smiley people I’ve ever met.  Its usually the hardest part of a shoot; getting a believable, engaging smile but none of that here – if anything it was hard to chose which one to go for but this shot pretty much had everything we could have wanted in it.

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Alex Berry

Alex Berry

Alex Berry

We shot this last week.  Alex is a great looking guy with a cool as f@@k attitude.  We had loads of great shots in the can after the shoot but we went for this one due to the strength of the eye contact and the fearless expression.

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what actually is it?

“headshots”, “head shots”, “HeadShots”…. anyone…. anyone?

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Lauren Crace Shoot


Lauren Crace


so this weekend I shot the stunning Lauren Crace, of Eastenders fame.  It was a fantastic shoot, with Lauren giving it stacks of professionalism all the way.  This is the only image i’ve edited up so far but I absolutely love the sense of strength and depth that her expression and body language gives.

heading back on the tube as Lauren got stopped by a group of excited fans who asked me to take a picture of them all together.  Instinctively I thought about charging but the moment passed and I didn’t say anything…

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