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06 Sep 2018

I’m the Future Face of Arts and Culture!

Unit stills photographer, Aimee Spinks wins the award for the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Future Face of Arts and Culture 2018!

28 Jun 2017

How often should you update actor headshots?

This is probably the question I get asked most about actor headshots – how often should they be updated? The rule of thumb is to ask yourself: “Do I look any different to my current headshot?” That means…. Have you gained a few years? Had a few birthdays? It can be surprising how much we change in just a few short years and how that rate of change differs across age groups. Here are my recommendations for how often you […]

05 Jun 2017

How to prepare for your actor headshots

How to prepare for your actor headshot session… Your actor headshots are a key marketing tool for your acting career, so it’s important to prepare yourself in order to get the most out of your session. Here are some things you might want to consider:   Think about your casting type. A good actor headshot is not only eye-catching but also successfully conveys an actor’s casting type. For instance, if you typically play edgier, authoritative or confrontational roles, you may […]

05 Jun 2017
Behind the scenes

Interview with a Casting Director

Everyone wants to know what makes a great acting headshot. Well who better to ask than a casting director and a director? Sharon Sorrentino is a London based casting director with over 13 years’ experience in the industry, responsible for casting multi-award winning films such as The Journey, Grandfather and The Storyteller as well as authoring The Audition Room,  a pragmatic guide for actors offering tips and inside knowledge on how to land the audition you want. Tracey Street is […]

13 Apr 2017

What to wear for actor headshots?

What to wear for actor headshots  One of the most common questions I get asked about actor headshot photography is ‘what should I wear?’ Though the industry is certainly more flexible and open to contemporary style portraits than it used to be, there are still some very good rules of thumb to follow in order to make sure your actor headshots look professional and that your clothes aren’t distracted the casting director from you.   Colours: Below are my recommendations […]

05 Apr 2016

Ask a Unit Stills Photographer!

I often get asked questions from students and aspiring stills photographers about how I got started in the world of unit stills photography and where I hope to take my career. I thought it might be a good idea to write up all my responses and pop them into a blog so that others can see them:   How did you get started? After realising I wanted to pursue a career in unit photography, I began attending local networking events […]

08 Jan 2016

RDF Television Documentary Casting

So, the lovely folk at RDF have been in touch and they are looking for people to take part in an upcoming documentary. Check out what they have to say below and give them a shout if it’s something you want to be a part of!   An exciting new TV series is seeking people to share their problems with experienced agony aunts Do you have a relationship issue? A secret you’re keeping from a loved one? A problem in […]

06 Oct 2015

Actor Headshots: Mark Jermin Management

Stage School Actor Headshots   Hello! My name is Aimee Spinks and I am the photographer who will be carrying out the actor headshot photography sessions for Mark Jermin Management this November. Here are a few notes to bear in mind for yours:   What to Wear: It is important not to wear anything distracting in your acting headshots which is why I strongly recommend that you wear a plain Tshirt or vest top in either black, white or grey. […]

14 Jul 2015

Actor Headshot Photography with Amy Fallon

To date, Amy has been one of my favourite performers to work with in producing actor headshots and I’ve also been fortunate enough to see her in action in shows including This Happy Breed in which she played the hilarious role of Sylvia, and Miss Prism in The Importance of Being Earnest. Amy really is a great character with superb comic timing and we wanted to explore this in her most recent actor headshot photos (we worked on her first set of actor […]

14 Jul 2015

Actor Headshot Photography with Jenny Jenkins

During last week’s actor headshot photography sessions, I had the pleasure of working with the brilliant Jenny Jenkins: an actor and director based in Stratford-upon-Avon. She has a wealth of classical performance experience having worked for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and toured with Heartbreak Productions, most recently as Rosaline in Love’s Labours Lost. As a director Jenny runs Bright Particular Productions who’s most recent work includes a site specific performance for Royal Shakespeare Company PILOT Sites. Jenny can be found on […]