Check out this video by Peter Hurley, he is arguably the top headshot photographer in the business right now. The video is designed to teach photographers but he also talks about how to coach an actor into having great expression which I think might help you. [link]
Also before worrying too much about headshots get into a few acting classes. You only REALLY need headshots once you start auditioning and until you have some acting training I wouldn't suggest auditioning yet.
Crisys1023Featured By OwnerOct 31, 2012Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, thank you, I'm actually enrolled now but class hasn't started yet for this semester. The school however has many student films auditions and they request headshots for a reference. Even if I don't get a part I want to subject myself to cold reads while I'm learning that way I can be exposed to my fault while learning to correct them. Thank you for the video though, I will have to check that out.
You get what you pay for. Exactly. A lot of people will settle for cheap work because it's free. If you're not paying them, you're not going to get quality work- and believe me, it shows. Photographers have to pay off equipment, software, studio time, bills, and profit. If you're not paying them, then it's not their job and you shouldn't expect A level work. But, if you really want it for free, try around a high school. Don't be creepy, but there are plenty of 16-18 year old kids with their parents camera who fancy themselves pros and will do it for free.