KIDS HEADSHOTS

For scheduling and availability, please email info@jbustinphoto.com to book kids headshots.

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.

Kids Headshots

Breaking into — or even maintaining a place in — the child-actor realm is challenging.

There’s not only the need to develop acting chops at an early age. There’s also the reality that casting directors — on behalf of their creative team — are usually searching for just the right age-based “look.” Unlike adult roles that can have some flexibility grounded on powerful auditions, child roles are usually very specific to age, the ethnicity of who’s playing their parents, and the need to send narrative signals to the audience.

As a professional photographer in the entertainment industry — and an actor myself — I understand how important headshots are for making it as an actor. Increasingly, slate shots are vital for TV and film. These short video headshots — where the actor can give casting directors an idea of their voice and presence — also need to be part of the package.

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And let’s face it — a kid’s “look” changes a great deal in just a handful of years. See what happened to those cute kids between seasons one and three of Stranger Things?

I understand how many headshots a child actor will need over what is a relatively short timespan.

That’s why I offer reduced rates for kids under the age of 16. Because I also realize what an economic investment it is to build an acting career.

Having regular headshots will increase the likelihood of being cast; it betters the odds. And the last thing you want to do is have a kid show up to an audition not looking much like their headshot. That’ll get you on a permanent “do not callback” list very quickly.

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As I mentioned, I’m an actor myself. I understand that being a child actor can bring on a great deal of anxiety about ambition and appearance. After consulting closely with parents and child, I go out of my way to make shoots with kids fun and engaging. I , tease out the child’s natural characteristics without ratcheting up the stress level., emphasizing natural headshots — no airbrushing or makeup — that are professional in appearance and don’t make children feel like they need to be someone other than who they are.

It’s a fine balance to work in the entertainment industry and maintain a healthy childhood. I respect that and can be part of preserving that equilibrium.

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

Headshot Pricing

  • Basic Kids Headshot Session
  • $150
  • Pre-shooting consultation
  • One wardrobe
  • Headshot proofs delivered within 24 hours of shoot
  • Edited photos delivered within 72 hours of final selection(s)
  • +$25 per additional touched up photo
  • Add a slate shot to your session for $25
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  • Actors Headshot Session for Kids (Studio and Outdoors)
  • $250
  • 90 minutes of on location shooting
  • Pre-shooting consultation
  • Up to three different wardrobes
  • Headshot proofs delivered within 24 hours of shoot
  • Edited photos delivered within 72 hours of final selection(s)
  • Two edited shots included
  • +$25 per additional touched up photo
  • Add a slate shot to your session for $25
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  • Jeremy Bustin Photography is the best! My daughter had an amazing experience due to Jeremy's vision and artistry. We have left with more great shots than we ever could have imagined. He has first hand knowledge of the industry, and was extremely helpful and specific in guiding her rough the shoot as well as the photo selection process....and he is efficient and fast at turning around his projects! Five out of five stars for Jeremy!
    Anna Johnson (mom)
    Anna Johnson (mom)
  • I had an AMAZING headshot session with Jeremy. My pictures turned out absolutely fabulous and he was the most relaxed and fun photographer I have worked with in a while. He knows exactly what your photos need to look like, depending on what you're going for and you will get it every time!! I will definitely be using Jeremy for my pictures again!!! Thank you Jeremy!!!!
    Kim Celinski
    Kim Celinski
  • Everything about Jeremy is professional, but he's also relaxed and cool and easy to work with. He went above and beyond to make things great for the shoot to achieve the style and look I needed for my portfolio. He has really mastered the very natural real headshot. His photos accurately portray the person who will show up to the audition and highlights your best feature. The photos turned out amazing and he was very prompt to edit them and get them to me for my agency update. After just a week of submission to new castings, I direct booked 2 jobs and also got a few self-tape audition requests. I would definitely recommend Jeremy if you need great headshots!
    Judyette Purdy
    Judyette Purdy

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