It isn’t natural for an actor to be unanimated. To have no script. No set. No costume. No character.
To simply sit and stare into a lens can feel extremely exposing. An engaged, relaxed, self-assured actor headshot is the outcome any actor wants from their session, and my background in the industry has brought me to a place where the working environment to create that shot feels
more like an informal rehearsal session than a photo shoot. Working this way removes the fear that so many actors feel when a camera is turned on them and they are asked to sit still.
I've worked as an actor, director, producer, agent, casting director, acting tutor and external panelist
Trained: National Youth Theatre; Guildhall School of Music and Drama (BA Hons in Acting); Birkbeck University of London (Masters in Theatre Directing)
Throughout the experience I gathered over the years, I came across a lot of actor headshots. I set up Jennie Scott Photography in direct response to the growing need for actors to commit to a strong commercial branding. It is striking how the style of British headshots has changed over the years. Recently, a more States-style actor headshot has taken over the traditional, or classical, black and white image. Photography is changing, colour shots are breaking through into Spotlight and agent websites, and with the growth of tv work, commercials, independent film, idents and virals, a more commercial, contemporary image is needed to reflect a changing industry.