As an actor, your acting headshot is your main marketing tool. Casting directors look through many headshots when looking for an actor to fill a role. Is your headshot going to grab their attention and make them want to bring you in? Does your current headshot show you the way you want to be seen?
Your online presence is often where potential clients or employers will look for a first impression of you. That is why it is more important than ever to have a professional headshot representing you online. Are you displaying the best version of you online for the world to see?
This is unlike any photo shoot you may have had before! There is no “say cheese” in my studio. During your session, you will be taught all about how to look your best in your photos and it will all happen in a fun and relaxed environment. Laughing brings out the best expressions humans have to offer, so lets get to having some fun! Click the button below to schedule your shoot!
“Matthew's personality will put you at ease, which will help you relax, and therefore get great photos. Matthew will "direct" you in poses in order to bring out the true you. His package fees are very reasonable, which makes it very affordable for all.”
“I initially thought this was going to be an entirely awkward experience, forced smiles, just all sorts of un-natural movement. Not at all!!! It was awesome. The time flew by and I got fantastic shots. I highly recommend MHamiltonVisuals.”
“Matt's a consummate professional. He's knowledgeable of his craft, responsive to questions and inquiries and was able to create a welcoming environment in his studio for newbies such as myself.”
+ What if I hate having my photo taken?
Most people hate having their photo taken because they think they are not “photogenic”. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE is capable of looking great in their photos. It is my job to loosen you up in front of the camera and get you looking your best. We will get some amazing photos throughout the shoot!
+ What do I bring to my headshot session?
I want you to bring multiple top options to choose from even if you book my “basic” headshot session which only includes 1 look. We will still go through all of the options you brought and talk about how the different looks will change peoples perception of you.
+ Who needs a professional headshot?
Having a professional headshot that represents you is more important than ever in this day and age. It is so easy to google people and see all types of things people are up to. It is your responsibility to have a clean professional photo to represent you, as social media becomes more and more prevalent. Your headshot acts as a first impression in many cases. It is up to your headshot to make that first impression a positive one.
+ Why do you crop the tops of heads in your photos?
I believe that the most important part of a headshot is your expression. In order to keep that part of the photo prevalent I crop into top of the head. This also allows me to get in close and show more of your clothing, which is also important. I have never heard of someone meeting someone after they saw their headshot and being surprised to see the rest of their head.
+ What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash, check, PayPal, Venmo, Credit/Debit Card.
+ What does retouching mean?
All of my session packages include at least 1 retouched headshot. This means that you will be able to choose at least one of the photos to be retouched. Retouching is where all of that Photoshop magic that you hear about, comes into play. I don’t go crazy with my retouching because we want your new professional headshots to still look like you. Just you on your best day! Don’t worry about any acne, blemishes, or anything of the sort, that will all be taken care of in the retouching process. At the end of the shoot we will talk about retouching and what that may look like in your specific shots. Additional retouched photos can be purchased for $50.00
+ How long does retouching take?
Your retouched photos will be made available for download within 1 week from the time you select them. If you are needing a fast turnaround, I offer a 24 hour rushed retouching order for $35.00 per image.
+ Can I see the images you take during the shoot?
Of course! I take periodic breaks throughout the session that allow us to go through the photos on a big computer monitor. This is a great time for us to go through the photos and see what we may want to change or adjust.
+ You talk about “coaching” me, what does that entail?
This is what makes me a little different from other photographers you may run into around here. I focus my shoots heavily on expression and how those little subtle changes may effect how you are portrayed. Everyone needs help looking better in their photos and it is my job to create an environment that helps you flourish. I will teach you how to look confident, relaxed, approachable and fun in your headshot! I will both direct you and use a little bit of banter to help you forget the camera is even there! I will provide you with tips that will help you throughout your whole photo taking career.
+ Do you shoot on location?
If you are in the Philadelphia area and would like me to come to your office/location feel free to contact me for a custom quote. These sessions are scheduled in 15 minute intervals and are a great way for business’ to get a consistent and clean look throughout their headshots.
+ Do you offer discounts?
Please contact me if you have a group of 5 or more and would like to discuss group discounted rates for in studio headshots. I also offer my returning clients a $50.00 discount towards their session fee.
+ Is there a place where I can find more information?
Yes! I have written a few articles that can be found here. These articles dive deeper into some headshot related topics.
Philadelphia Headshot Photographer
My name is Matthew Hamilton and I am a portrait photographer in Philadelphia that specializes in headshots. My goal is to create all of the images you need to market yourself in this day and age. I will teach you how to look your best in your photos and help put you in the best light.
Headshots Near Philadelphia
My studio is located in Northwest Philadelphia. It is conveniently placed near both R7 and R8 SEPTA Regional Rail train stations. I am only 20 minutes out of Center City and only a few blocks from Lincoln Drive and Fairmont Park.
Why do I need a headshot?
You need a professional headshot, not just a selfie. Are you looking to expand your business to new clients? Are you on the job hunt? Are you trying to expand your social media presence? Are you being asked to speak at conferences? It could also be that you are an actor trying to make a name for yourself. Whatever your needs, you need your headshot to make a first impression before people even meet you.
Having a professional headshot is critical in today’s digital age. LinkedIn, Social media, Résumés, job searches, speaking jobs, auditions, and press releases. These are some of the possible reasons you may need a headshot. Help yourself grow and invest in a headshot done by a professional headshot photographer. Business headshots are vital if you want your business to be viewed as professional. Also, acting headshots are super important in order to be taken seriously in the industry. Lots of companies are looking through LinkedIn specifically to fill jobs, this is another reason why it is important to have your LinkedIn profile picture looking great. When you have a headshot that shows a confident, professional, and approachable person you are increasing the likelihood that people will reach out to you. It makes people want to work with you! You can rely on me to help guide you to that amazing headshot. I will help you be taken seriously with a professional headshot. Below is a list of some of the professions/people that absolutely require a professional headshot:
Real Estate Headshots
Social Media Headshots
Philadelphia Portrait Photographer
Are you looking for a portrait photographer? Along with headshots I also provide my clients with portraits. Sometimes a portrait is a more appropriate was of showing off your personal brand. Fill out the form on my contact page, I would love to help!
Are you looking to get headshots done for your staff? I offer companies a consistent look for their headshots. Please fill out the form on my contact page, I would be happy to send over a custom proposal for your business.