A current New York headshot should have the following qualities we are told.
Must be color.
Darker background shots are for film or theatrical submissions.
Colorful outdoor shots or white backdrops are for commercial submissions.
Avoid black backdrops.
Vertical (portrait) headshots are generally for theater. Horizontal (or landscape) shots are more for film/TV.
Head should be straight - no tilted angles.
Camera should be straight - no tilted angles.
Colors should "pop." Make sure the photos don't look washed out.
No shots from above looking down on you.
Even, soft lighting is best (no harsh shadows on the face).
Makeup: NY - Very natural, and bringing attention to the eyes.
Should be shoulders up, otherwise it's a body shot.
Slight cropping of the top of the hair (not too much!).
Natural light is encouraged.
Never stand or sit against a wall.
For outdoor, an extremely blurred background is required, with no clear details.
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