Headshots in LA

Hi everyone!  Hope you all are enjoying the holidays with your family and friends!!

I have a surprise guest blogger today.  My hubby!  He’s an actor/writer/producer and he teaches at The Acting Center in Hollywood.  Besides teaching, he does career consultations for actors.  In this article he shares information on headshots that he gives to actors during these consultations.   Thanks!

As a producer, acting teacher, career consultant and actor myself, I know exactly what is needed in a professional headshot that will grab the attention of agents, managers and casting directors alike, in Los Angeles, (or anywhere else), and have been advising actors on how to get this for years.

What constitutes a great headshot is one that captures the actor just being there comfortably.  When an actor is doing their job they are to be the character and live without any attention on the audience that is watching them be that character.  Whether you are in an audition or on a stage or on set, the job doesn’t change.  The actor is simply the character and lives as them.  A great headshot shows that you have the ability to do that by capturing you, just being there, living as you, with different attitudes, without any attention on the fact that you are being photographed.  A headshot like this gives the agent, manager, casting director, producer and/or director the first glimpse that you are able to handle that element of your job, being able “to be,” while others watch.

The headshot photographer that gets my highest recommendation is my wife, Melissa Burns with Captured Moments by Mel.  I don’t recommend her because she is my wife.  In fact, despite the fact that my wife was an award winning and published photographer, I continued to pay other photographers to take my headshots for years.  In the past couple of years I have worked with my wife to help her understand the difference between a great headshot and a great photograph.  While I have no idea how she does what she does from a technical aspect, I was able to help her understand what the finished product of a great headshot was.  She has used this information and her knowledge of camera and lighting to be able to now consistently capture the best headshots I have ever had, and she is now the only photographer I will shoot with as each time we shoot she captures shots that blows my reps away.              


An actor needs headshots that cover a range of characters and looks now, so that their reps have options that best match the characters they are submitting your for.  And as you can see from the headshots above, Mel knows how to do that in spades.

Another crucial element in capturing great headshots, beyond the technical, is being able to be comfortable with the photographer so that you can just “be there” while they get the shots.   This is another area in which my wife excels, and not just with me.  One of the things that endears my wife to her friends is that she is a great listener.  She loves people and loves to help them and is extremely good at creating a safe space in which someone can relax and be themselves, and it shows in the headshots.


The last thing that makes Mel the headshot photographer I would recommend at the top, is her price. 😉  In my opinion, as a producer, acting teacher, career consultant and actor, she is now consistently capturing headshots that are on par with top industry photographers like www.theoandjuliet.com, but only charging $250 per session instead of $800.  This is again because she wants to help people.

With pilot season right around the corner, now is the time to get those great headshots that will blow your reps away and help them open casting doors for you, or to help you get those reps in the first place.  Hit up Mel and get your spot reserved now before she is too booked up, or I talk her into increasing her prices… ;-))

You can see more examples of Mel’s headshots at http://www.capturedmomentsbymel.com/headshots/


Lee Burns

Founder/President Awareness Entertainment




RSS Feeds & Reader Made Easy

For a long time, the little orange square indicating RSS feeds made me cringe.  What in the world is an RSS feed?  Clicking on it would take me to a screen with a bunch of text that made no sense at all, further confusing me.   How was I supposed to subscribe to a blog when this kept happening?

This is going to be a basic explanation, not a technical one.

An RSS feed goes hand in hand with a Reader.  First, let me explain about the Reader.   It is necessary in order to utilize the RSS feeds.   In a nutshell, the Reader is a place that holds all of your blog and website subscriptions in one location.  It helps cut down on the incoming traffic to your inbox.  Before I learned about the Reader, I had so many emails coming in to notify me that a new blog had been posted.  Now I just have to open up my reader and there is a list of all subscriptions, and any new posts show up on the main page (Google Reader).

Choose which Reader suits you best.  These are a few of the ones out there – Google Reader, Feed Demon, My Yahoo! Reader.  Sign up and download any necessary software.  These Readers are free.

Once you have your Reader opened up, it’s now time to add all of your favorite blogs and websites.  This is where the RSS feed comes in.  RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication.  It’s an easy way to sign up for a blog or website.  The symbol for RSS feed or subscription is that little orange box with 3 curved lines.  Some sites have just the 3 curved lines or just say RSS.  Regardless of how it is shown, the same thing applies.

1.  Go to your favorite blog or website.

2.  Find the RSS feed symbol or indicator and click on it.

3.  There are 2 options for subscribing to a site.

a. A screen comes up that asks which Reader you are using.  Find your choice and click

on it.  This will add it to your Reader.

b. If you click to subscribe and a screen comes up with a lot of text that doesn’t make much sense, you will need to subscribe THROUGH your Reader.  (ie.  Google Reader has a         Subscribe button on the upper left of the screen.)  Click on the Subscribe button and type in the URL (ie. www.melissa-burns-photography.com) of the website or blog you’re wanting, then click ADD.  This will add it to your Reader.

4.  Do the above any time you want to add a new blog or site to your Reader.

Now you have all of your blog and website updates all neatly organized in one place!!  Trust me; it makes it so much easier.  I actually read more of them now that they are all together.

©Melissa Burns Photography – www.capturedmomentsbymel.com –capturedmomentsbymel@gmail.com