Headshots for Actors, Artists, and Professionals


A simple journal of my thoughts on photography and the process of making work.

Which lens do I use? (an intro)

I had a client ask me this question. I got really excited because I thought he had an interest in photography. As it turns out he didn't. He was wondering because another actor friend told him you should only shoot headshots with an 85mm lens. He was checking in with me to make sure I was doing it "right". After a moment of deep breathing I explained the choices of lenses. In a nutshell, there is no "right" lens for a headshot. You have to know what you are shooting and why. What are you trying to say? For example, an 85mm is great for a headshot. Just great. Right face shape and light it is a great choice. BUT it is limiting...just as 24mm is...or a 35mm...or a 150mm depending on what you are shooting. Think of each as a pair of glasses with different powers and tints. This might not be the best comparison but you get the idea. Specifically, with headshots, everyone has a different shape and size to them. At the end of the day I am shooting shapes that make up a face. I choose the best lens for the clients face and what we are trying to do with each look. I will use 2-4 lenses per shoot. See my post on my Headshot Gear.