Student Conservatoire Headshots

Conservatoire Headshot tips for students

With a flair and passion for performing arts, Hannah reaches out because she needs conservatoire headshots with a grey background. And she only has three days to get them!

I email her my two session options: Headshot Days or bespoke studio headshots, but which option is right for her?

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Why should I get a conservatoire headshot?

A conservatoire headshot is a professional photo of yourself that you can use for your auditions, submit to casting agents and directors, and apply for new roles within musical theatre as well as for business opportunities.

It is important to get conservatoire headshots because they help you look your best and they help you promote your ability to work with expressive characterization.

Using Conservatoire Headshots can benefit your Spotlight Portfolio, actor’s website, email signature, business cards, and other marketing materials. They are an important part of your professional image and can help you stand out from the competition.


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Outdoors or Indoors?

In the world of conservatoire headshots, there are two main schools of thought: outdoors or indoors. Both have their pros and cons, so it’s important to weigh your options before making a decision.

Ultimately, you need to decide:

  • What does your agent recommend?
  • What does the casting director want?
  • Compare what headshots other people use on your portfolio site, such as Spotlight?

Conservatoire headshots do not need to be outdoors.  Actors use headshots to promote themselves and their work. It is possible to take them indoors or outdoors, depending on the actor’s desired look.

Outdoor headshots may be more common because they can offer a more natural look. I work in local parks that balance good light, facilities, parking, and quiet corners with enough foot traffic to feel safe. You can see some of my recommended locations here.

The downside to outdoor headshots is that they can be more difficult to control – weather conditions can be unpredictable, and there may be more people or traffic in the background than you’d like.


Express Sessions


My Express Sessions are the perfect way to update your headshot quickly, easily, and risk-free. A single image can give you a sense of whether being photographed is for you or not. I’ve designed my Headshot Days for people who don’t have a lot of time or who want a simple experience.

People who book these sessions include charity workers, poets, actors, students, business people, and writers.

They use their photos for LinkedIn, Social Media, Avatars, Portfolios, Bio pages, and about pages in magazines. Most people book at the last minute and don’t want a lot of fuss.

My clients ask for natural, honest, open, friendly, welcoming, and genuine portraits.

  • quick, easy, and risk-free
  • high-quality product photos in just a few minutes
  • save you money on the cost of a bespoke session
  • the perfect way to get started without any prior experience
  • for anyone who just wants to test the waters before a full session
  • simple and hassle-free session
  • 1 background
  • Changing outdoors
  • 1 – 2 outfit changes

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Bespoke Session


If you’re looking to take your online presence to the next level, our full studio sessions are for you.  In these sessions, I aim to help you create polished and professional content.  You’ll have access to my full arsenal of expertise from styling to brand awareness. I will be on hand to help you every step of the way.

I’ll work with you to create a custom package that meets your specific needs and goals. Whether you’re looking to create a new online course, start a podcast, or simply want to elevate your personal brand, I can help you achieve your vision.

People who book these sessions are working professionals in traditional industries, CEOs, coaches, therapists, influencers, and directors. Their vision of the type of photographs they require is very precise and they are fully engaged in the process.

I am able to inject a storytelling narrative into the photographs through lighting, styling, and stage design.

  • Relaxed and comfortable environment
  • Tailored to get the perfect shot to represent who you are
  • Time out for tea and coffee
  • More homely and slower pace
  • Time to find your feet and gain confidence
  • Parking so you can pack more outfits
  • Wider range of portrait styles
  • Unlimited outfit changes
  • Greater variety of backdrops
  • Changing area with mirrors

Conservatoire Headshot

I am an expert at supporting first-timers and make sure every detail is checked to deliver headshots that are polished, and professional with an honest, open gaze. This helps you present yourself in the best possible way in print, online, and beyond.

For more information or to arrange a complimentary consultation, please call +44 (0)7719316609 or email me at [email protected].

Due to my location on the Isle of Wight, I am also able to conduct business portraits outdoors around Ryde as well as in my Seaview home studio.   I’m here to help.


Please contact the Isle of Wight Studio on +44 (0)1983 617383

or Mandy on +44 (0)7719316609 email [email protected] or use the contact form below


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