For every good actor in New York, there is a good headshot photographer. Unfortunately for every good headshot photographer, there are dozens of bad ones.
What makes a bad headshot photographer?
With all of that said, how do you know who the best New York headshot photographers are? Is there a directory somewhere that you can search? An ultimate "best New York headshot photographers" list?
I wish it were just as simple as to say "google best New York headshot photographers" and you'll find the right person for you! However, as I'm sure you know, it's not that easy.
Sites such as Backstage, Daily Actor, and more often publish "best of" lists. There are also huge directories online to find your New York headshot photographer. Such directories include:
The trouble with these lists is that you have no idea the criteria upon which the photographers on the list were chosen. Who is picking these so-called "best New York headshot photographers?"
For that reason, I take any "best of" list with a grain of salt. Whether a website is attempting to rank the "best New York headshot photographers" or the "best hamburgers in Times Square", you never know how trustworthy the results are.
These lists are a great resource to start off your research, however! Go name by name on each list of best New York headshot photographers and check out the websites. Call the photographer. Do your research.
You've done your Google search. You've narrowed down the photographers you like the best. You've talked to friends, family, colleagues, and someone you saw reading a script on the A train. You have your own personal short list of best New York headshot photographers, and now it's time to make contact.
But how do you know what to ask? How do you know what is most important?
In no particular order, these are the things you need to know when choosing your best New York headshot photographer :
Even after reading all of that, I know that you still wish there was a simple Google search or Backstage listing to help you find who are TRULY the best New York headshot photographers.
Unfortunately, there is just no such list. That is partly because there is no gold standard for judging photographers, and a lot comes down to personal opinion and connection with the work. A lot also comes down to the personal connection you have with the headshot photographer that you ultimately decide to hire.
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