Welcome
Reveal the Real You

Welcome to Taylor Hooper Photography!  I specialize in affordable actor headshots. NYC is the heart of the theatre and  I am flattered to get called "one of the best headshot photographers New York has to offer" and I strive to make that statement a fact.  My mission is to create the absolute best headshots for you and that means a headshot that really says something about you! How do I do this?  Well, to start, let's talk about the look....

 

I can create a variety of different headshot styles for you.  One option available to you is to shoot indoors using studio lighting. With a white, black, or neutral background, I can create different moods: from dramatic and artistic with lots of shadows (great for everything from Shakespeare to prime time drama) to bright and sunny with even light (perfect for Commercial or Musical Theater headshots.) I also shoot outdoors using natural light with a unlimited variety of backgrounds and settings. To get an idea of the many different looks I can create for you, please view my portfolio by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You hear a lot of advice when talking about headshots. NYC agents, managers, and other actors say things like: "The eyes need to pop." "You have to have a legit, and a commercial/musical theater headshot." "A headshot has to show your type." "There's a difference between New York headshots and LA headshots." and so on and so on. But what does all that really mean?

The most important thing in a headshot is that it reveals the real you. It has to say something about your unique qualities. To that end, I tell my clients to think about the headshot session as a conversation with friends. We want to show you being YOU naturally. Your commercial or smiley headshot should look like you are telling a friend a happy or exciting story. Your legit or dramatic headshot should look like you are engaged in a more intense, mischievous, or serious conversation with a friend. I try to make that happen by creating a relaxed and fun atmosphere where you can comfortably express yourself where everything else can fall into place. Click here to see a sampling of the many thank you notes and testimonials I have receive from satisfied clients.

 

While I agree with the mainstream "everyone should have at least two headshots -- a more serious and a more light or commercial headshot," my goal is to tailor that to you. If you are a comedian who wants to audition for specifically comedies, sitcoms, and lighter fare, then maybe your "serious headshot" doesn't have to be all that serious. Maybe it's simply a contrast to the laughing, bright, smiley commercial headshot that comes so easily to you. Maybe it's a closed-mouth smile with a secret behind it.

Conversely, if you are a very serious actor auditioning for more dramatic roles (soap operas, Shakespeare, etc.), then the contrast to your intense, dramatic headshot could simply be a closed-mouth smile with a wry sense of humor behind it, or whatever level of levity is most common in your day-to-day character. To get an idea of the many different "looks" we can achieve in a session, check out online proof example by clicking here.

You're the Boss

Basically, you are the boss. This is your acting, singing, dancing, or performing career we are talking about. I will help you create headshots that are an asset to you and help complete the package you bring to an audition or interview. For more tips on taking a great headshot, visit my "Details" page by clicking here.

 

Multiple Packages
With my "Best Headshot Package", you have the opportunity to shoot both indoor and outdoors, thus getting a great variety and contrast of looks to show off the different sides of your personality.  I also offer a very budget-friendly package I call the "Basic Headshot Session" and a "Beyond Headshot Session" for dance, music, and comedy shots or model comp cards -- so there's something for everyone. For more information on my headshot packages, go to my pricing page by clicking here.

 

 

 

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