Youth Actor/Dancer Headshots

June 20, 2022

How to get your child noticed and booked with headshots!

If there is an industry that heavily relies on a professional headshot, it is the theater, dance, film and pageant world. Bookings are made directly based on headshots and video submissions. Like it or not, being chosen for a role, or even being chosen to audition for a role, relies on image and video submissions. 

 Sarasota is so rich in art and culture, with a multitude of theater and dance companies. We’ve been fortunate to work with local actors and dancers of all ages, throughout the years. 

The beauty about working in a community rich in arts and culture ,is that we have a lot of experience shooting headshots specific to this industry, and are familiar with the most effective poses, and general rules required for taking these type of headshots. 

For Youth Actor Headshots, the key to getting them booked, is keeping their images as natural-looking as possible. This means minimal retouching as well. There is nothing that irks casting directors more than meeting an actor who does not look like their headshots. 

Taking actor headshots should be the best representation of you—and not what you think you should look like. This is how you get cast as the character that is perfect for you! 

But headshots do not have to be boring! Showing off your child’s personality in their headshot is a wonderful way to showcase the type of character that will naturally fit their personality. 

Clothing of course depends on what is required for your child’s specific shoot. Typically what most parents bring are a good variety of casual, formal, and “fun” clothes. For casual, think everyday clothes, perhaps something they would wear to school or a casual birthday party.

For formal clothes, these are clothes they would wear when attending a wedding. Party dresses and gowns for little girls, and a 3-piece suit (dress shirt, vest, and dress pants) will work, or even just nice dress pants and a dressy top. And for “fun”, these could be costumes, or in Brion’s case, his Dad’s suit! 

Whatever you choose to put your child in, make sure it is an outfit they are comfortable in, and showcase their individual personality.

Now that school’s out, it is the perfect time to get your kids in our studio! Getting headshots done is an experience in itself, and teaches our kids all the moving parts it takes to make it as an actor or dancer. A lot of times, we have families come in for a shoot, and then leave to have lunch somewhere special afterwards, as the kids will be dressed up and/or have their hair and makeup done.

Are you ready to book your child’s close up? Is casting call around the corner? Send us a quick message at hello@portraitboutique.com or call/text 941.524.0888. We’d love to see you in our studio!

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