What I love most about being a portrait photographer is that I am inspired by people all around me. Every once in a while I will actually go and ask someone if I can photograph them. In this case it was a young girl with the coolest hair. I was walking in Northport last month and followed a mother to her car to first explain to her that I was not a crazy person then told her how beautiful her children were. This led to a conversation and her daughter Mya being a part of my Vintage Summer photo shoot. She was so easy to work with. Beautiful inside and out!
Look Book Two | Vintage Summer
Model: Sadie Brancale | Location: Centerport, Long Island
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I can’t believe we actually did it. People often think that because I am a photographer and actors headshots are one of my niches, that creating a headshot for my own daughter would have happened sooner. For some reason, it never seemed like the right time. I think waiting until she was ready and more mature actually worked out for the best. Having kids in front of my camera almost everyday I can tell the difference between those kids that really want it and what kids parents want it for them more. I think it’s important to push your kids but because this industry is so grueling, I wanted to be sure that this was something SHE truly wanted to pursue and take seriously. We have supported her passion since the beginning and will continue to offer her the best opportunities possible. Now that Celia’s headshots are done and HER desire to “want it” is evident, NYC here we come!
Having positioned myself as the NYC headshot photographer on Long Island has given me an opportunity to meet the most charismatic and adorable little kids. This little girl came to my home studio for headshots this past weekend. When they arrived her Mom told me that her daughter at first wanted nothing to do with getting her photos taken. I met her sister a few months back who was so excited for her headshot session so I didn’t know what to expect.
After talking to her about what she wants to wear, fixing her hair and adding a little make-up etc… she was so into the photo shoot and was truly a pleasure to work with, a natural in front of the camera. After grabbing her headshots we went outside to shoot a little. Take a look!
Wish we had parties like this when I was a kid! I had the opportunity to photograph a spa party for Mirror Mirror On The Wall. Here are some images from a Spa-Jama Party! 10 girls slipped into cozy pink spa robes & headbands then sat back to receive the royal treatment… Mani’s, Pedi’s and Chocolate Facials. After their spa treatments they received a pair of flip flops to personalize, had lunch and danced! They had a blast hanging with their friends and just being GIRLS!
My name is Tracey Spero and I am a portrait photographer here on Long Island. I specialize in shooting headshots. I am known for creating captivating portraits of kids and teens. To help you prepare for a headshot session I thought I would put together some info that will help you show up ready to shine.
- Practice poses and expressions in front of a mirror
- Visualize different emotions and watch how your expression changes
- Recite a monologue in the mirror and watch how your face changes with each sentence
- The professional smart kid / tailored shirt or jacket
- The popular girl or boy in school / trendy, athletic or sexy
- The girl next door / pretty & clean
- The bad boy or girl / tuff / tomboy / edgy
- Does your look allow you to play different characters? Actors are hired to play a character and tell a story. Think about how these character types would look. Try to bring 1 outfit for each of these looks.
What to Bring
- Your previous headshots (so I can improve)
- OPH | Other Peoples Headshots for inspiration. It will help you communicate the look you want
- Favorite Music
- Variety of clothing
- Lip balm
- Hair brush/comb
- Makeup and hair products you prefer / hairspray
- Bring a variety of clothing that emphasizes different roles/characters (cute, tailored, sexy, tuff, athletic, smart)
- Avoid large logos or branding
- Avoid white shirts unless you plan to wear it underneath something
- Different necklines will change the apparent shape of your face. Bring a variety of different flattering shirts to see what works best
- Pay attention to details. Layers, ties, belts etc… all pull outfits together (look on pinterest for ideas)
- Darker clothes work, they attract less attention and put the attention on your face and eyes
- Bring a few extra outfits so we can choose what looks best on you at the shoot
Hair & Make-Up
- I have talented artists that I work with on a regular basis and highly recommend having a professional at the photoshoot for ages 14 and up
- If you are under 13-years old the only makeup you need is lip gloss, a little blush and a little mascara
- Make-up should be clean and natural
- Your make-up or hair-style should be exactly what you would do for an audition
- Translucent powder – your face will appear flawless in photos. Shine disappears, pores seem smaller, skin looks even, and blush is smoother
- Avoid shimmers or products with lots of sparkle or shine
A headshot is one of the most important tools you will have as an actor, no matter what age. Remember… your photo has to sell not only your looks but more importantly, a piece of your personality. To book a session with me call 516-242-8366.
When I received a call from Sophia’s Mom requesting her need of a professional headshot for her daughter ASAP I assured her that I have been shooting kids headshots for over 15 years. Like I always do, I asked her Mom to put together some outfits. I told her to stay away from crazy patterns and do not bring white and most importantly, layer. I love the layered look on kids. I also try to capture a few different looks by switching the hairstyle up. I added a couple of full length and a 3/4 shot just for fun but the close ups are the ones for professional use. She ended up bringing a mini suitcase filled with great outfits and was ready for anything. As much as I love kids fashion and encourage my clients to dress a certain way, there is one thing that truly makes an actors headshot a success and that is the expression in their eyes. After editing Sophia’s shoot, I narrowed it down to 100 (yikes)! I can only showcase a few and these are the ones I chose for this post simply because in every single one of these her eyes pop! Good luck on your audition Sophia!
Alone in the Woods
I am so excited to see my photo editorial in the July issue of Young Fashion Kids Magazine. It was truly a team effort. After coming up with the concept, Alone in the Woods, I immediately called a client and friend of mine who happens to have beautiful, talented kids and a passion for kids fashion. Maryann McCulloh, my stylist, knows everything there is to know about styling a kids photo shoot from designer clothing to trendy props. After brainstorming about the theme, wardrobe, location and props I created a storyboard. The storyboard helps all involved understand the concept.
My favorite is a shot of Madison McCulloh wearing a military band jacket from Stella McCartney Kids.
Transformation starts with the concept of course, but it would not come to life without a hair and makeup team. For this shoot, Ann Marie Behling, owner of My Pretty Committee was awesome! I also would like to thank my photo assistant and talented photographer Anastasia Prudente. Love when she catches some BTS shots (behind the scenes).
Preview or purchase Young Fashion Kids Magazine here. A peek at the spread below.