A bit of info

Hi my name is Nick James and as I’m sure you have gathered by now I’m a photographer for actors.  If you are anything like me you will have already had a look at the “mug shots” page and if you’re now reading this it’s because you would like to know a little bit more. I’ll keep this short and sweet, I went to art college for two years and then had a change of heart and went to GSA for three further years. Since leaving I’ve been working either as an actor, artist or photographer. Of late it’s been much more as a photographer but I feel it was the art and acting  that has set me in good stead for the world of head shots. Over the past 10 years I’ve been very fortunate to have picked up recommendations from most of the top agents in London, I’m afraid there are far too many to list on this page. I also photograph students from nearly every drama school in the country.

A couple of things to think about when choosing a photographer; do you want natural light or studio (flash) light? If you are planning to go with a photographer that only works outdoors you will need to think of a few things such as the weather. It might be really hot and bright thus making you squint in the sun, it might be freezing, raining or blowing a gale. This country is not the best for just doing outdoors shots and because of this you may find you are being rescheduled a few times and if you are travelling to get your photos taken this could be of great inconvenience to you. You will also need to consider if you are able to change tops or check your hair and make up and will guys be able to have a shave half way through if necessary. On the other hand with only studio (flash) lighting, will this suit your skin tone? Maybe have a look at photographers who do both or maybe use natural light in a studio, that way you get the daylight but without the weather problems and distractions.

Most photographs are now in colour but a few in black and white are still needed, make sure you like the photos in both on the photographer’s site.

Check the retouching deal; air brushing if done correctly takes time but can make a photo really stand out, fewer photos that have been air brushed well look far better than lots of photos that haven’t.

Finally; time, find out how long a photographer is going to spend with you. If you need to get a number of looks or you are a bit nervous in front of a “stills” camera this is going to take a bit of time, so make sure you go with a photographer that offers a longer session where you will not get stressed out and feel as if you are being rushed to finish. If however you are confident in having your photo taken or are just wanting to get a couple of looks then a shorter session might be enough for you.


Please feel free to contact me if you would like anymore help.

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