A headshot shouldn’t capture perfection. It should capture your unique personality.

You may think the point of a good headshot is to make you look good. That’s part of it — but not the most important part. Ultimately, what’s most important is not how you think you look in your headshot — it’s how the person using it to make a business decision thinks. Likewise, if you’re looking for professional headshots, then you’re probably on a real-world schedule. After we shoot, proofs are delivered within 24 hours. Then, based on which shots we select, final headshots are delivered within 24 to 72 hours. We can shoot on location — indoors or outdoors — or in my studio.

Headshot Tips For Actors

Headshot tips on everything from makeup, wardrobe and appearance, and a tip specifically for kids.

Actors Headshots

A successful casting director looks at a whole lot of headshots. Thousands and thousands. They are the visual resumes of the industry. If you want to build a career as an actor, then your headshot is going to be your calling card, your foot in the door.

And the reality is that having slate shots is more and more of a necessity in the entertainment industry today. Therefore, I also offer these live headshots — professionally lit with crisp, clear audio — that will give casting directors a chance to see your personality and hear your voice.

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The first step is ensuring your headshot and slate shots meet basic industry standards. If they don’t, then most casting directors will make a snap judgment as to which pile you end up in (and it’s not the one you want to be in). And having professional slate shots as part of your actor’s access profile is one more way to stand out from the crowd.

There are basic elements about the lighting, background, makeup, and other visual elements that I understand. I’m a professional and provide a professional service.

And … I’m an actor myself and have worked on both sides of the camera. I’m committed to our craft and the world of entertainment and believe in the maxim “a rising tide raises all boats.” So, even if you don’t shoot with me, I hope you’ll check out my free headshot prep guide.

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Working with a photographer to create the “look” you’re going to send out into the wild world of casting is like a condensed version of working with a director. It can be intimate and, as an actor, you should feel empowered to find the photographer who you think brings out the best of you.

The art is in capturing your look — your brand — in such a way that casting directors can immediately visualize you in the role they’re seeking to fill. And I understand that part of my role — as your photographer — is to tease out of you that “brand” during a shoot. I won’t just say “smile” and call it a day.

I produce headshots that are on par with what you’ll find in New York or LA. National actors use my services.

My clients have worked in television and film and nationally broadcast commercials. My headshots have been the foot in the door for actors who were cast in TV shows such as House of Cards, TURN, Homeland, Swagger, The Good Lord Bird, and the films Harriet, Lizzie, and Wonder Woman 2, just to name a few.

Agents also trust me to produce high quality headshots for their talent, including Apex Talent Group (LA), BMG Talent (Atlanta), BMG Talent (NYC), Brilliant Talent Management (LA), Harris Talent (VA), Hutson Talent Agency (VA), JTA, Inc. Talent Agency (NC), Manikin Talent (International), Modelogic (VA), Red Willow Talent (Savannah), Stevenson Modeling Agency, Studio Center (VA), The Brock Agency, 49th Parallel Bookings & Mgmt (DC)

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Acting Slate Shots

If you are serious about your acting career, you need a slate shot for your Actor’s Access profile.

Remember what Lily Tomlin said: “It’s not called show art, it’s show business.”

Headshot Pricing

  • Basic Headshot Package
  • $250
  • Approximately 30 minutes of on location shooting
  • Pre-shooting consultation (upon request)
  • Prep guide
  • Select outdoors or in studio
  • Two wardrobe changes
  • Headshot proofs delivered within 24 hours of shoot
  • Edited photos delivered within 72 hours of final selection(s)
  • +$25 per touched up photo
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  • Actors Headshot Package (Studio and Outdoors)
  • $400
  • This package is ideal for TV/film actors
  • *Now includes web-resolution files of all unedited images
  • 90 minutes of shooting, includes studio and outdoors
  • Pre-shooting consultation (upon request)
  • Unlimited wardrobe changes
  • Headshot proofs delivered within 24 hours of shoot
  • Edited photos delivered within 72 hours of final selections.
  • Three edited shots included in high resolution for printing
  • +$15 per additional touched up photo
  • Slate shots available for $25 (includes commercial and theatrical slate)
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  • Premier Headshot Package (Studio and Outdoors)
  • $650
  • This package includes all photos from shoot in high resolution
  • This package includes Hair and Makeup Services
  • This package is ideal for seasoned actors looking to update their headshots
  • Two hours of mixed on location and studio headshot and 3/4 shooting
  • Pre-shooting consultation
  • Unlimited wardrobe changes and multiple locations
  • Headshot proofs delivered within 24 hours of shoot
  • Edited photos delivered within 72 hours of final selections
  • Seven edited shots included
  • +$15 per additional touched up photo
  • Slate shot included
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  • I can’t say enough positive things about Jeremy! We met up and the temperature was barely over 40 degrees, my two children were so excited to get their headshots done, but not excited about having them done outside! He was patient, funny, entertaining and brilliant! He made them feel at ease and had them laughing and showing him their serious looks...I liked so many it took me a week to decide...and I narrowed it down to a dozen! We will be using him again, he was always quick to respond when I had a question and he has been wonderful to work with! Thank you Jeremy Bustin Photography!
    Arianna Greene (mother)
  • Jeremy is an artist with a keen eye for composition. He is talented and professional. This is my first experience working with Jeremy and I am impressed by not only his skill as a photographer, but also by his kind demeanor. He asks the right questions and his direction is fun, while being clear and precise. If you are an actor and need head shots, do yourself a favor and book with Jeremy. He is affordable. He is skilled. 5 out of 5 STARS.
    Jody Matzer
    Jody Matzer
  • Jeremy Bustin has an eye for detail and makes sure you are completely satisfied with your headshots! He is very sincere, professional, and dedicated to his craft! I did my photoshoot with Jeremy in July 2019 to get some updated headshots, and I can promise you...these are the best shots I have EVER received from any photographer. His attention to detail and keen sense of style brought the photos to life! Jeremy will work with you to bring out the best in your shoot, he provides amazing feedback, suggestions and critique so no matter the skill level, you will get the undivided attention you deserve! I will definitely be going back to Jeremy Bustin for my future shots and I encourage all those who are in the industry to book with him! Not to mention he has great prices and packages that you can't find anywhere else.
    Justin Paul Martin
    Justin Paul Martin

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