by Vanie Poyey
Working as a headshot photographer for over 13 years in Los Angeles, I’ve learned that there is a big difference between what is considered an acceptable headshot in LA and what is considered acceptable in NY.
New Yorkers arriving in LA are all too familiar with the experience of being asked to get a new set of “LA style” headshots. What they are being asked for are specific marketing looks that showcase their age range and the auditions they will be targeting. Being that NY is a smaller market, as long as your headshot looks like you, it works. In LA, not only does your headshot need to look like you, but in addition, it needs to closely resemble the description of the breakdown of the role being called for. In other words, if the breakdown calls for a lawyer than your headshot has to showcase you in a suit or a button down shirt. Because LA is a much more saturated and therefore more competitive market than NY, the more specific your shots are the greater than chances of getting in the door.
I’m frequently asked if I would be willing to travel to NYC to shoot headshots so I finally did back in August. Below are a few of the shots from that trip followed by my local work. My approach in NY was the same as it would be in LA because having specific shots in NY does not work against the actor, instead, it gives him or her an edge that other New Yorkers don’t have!
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Now to figure out how to get to Miami…apparently I have fans there too!
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Josefina hatton: Fashionista / Edgy / Office Girl
Ellis Meng: Urban Hip / Student
Brent Medaugh: Suburban Dad / Upscale Business
Laura SantaCruz: Hispanic Love Interest / Intern
Nathan Woodworth: Grad Student / Hipster
Dionne Audain: Hipster / Christian Mucci: Computer Tech
Samuel West: Blue Collar Dad / Anne Rutter: Upscale Mom