Eyes of the Artist

A look at what makes an actor's headshot stand out against its peers

Collage of Molly's headshots, three side by side.
Tools & Equipment
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Camera & Lenses
Sony A7III,  Sony FE ƒ/1.8 50mm
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Skills & Tools
Portrait Photography, Actor Headshots, Studio Lighting
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Editing Software
Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop


Molly Kempfer, a soon-to-be college graduate and actress, needed headshots that would make her stand out at auditions. She wanted photos that met industry standards and had a unique and engaging look to get her noticed among the sea of headshots directors see every day.


I focused on what makes Molly unique—her captivating eyes. Using low aperture, low ISO, and a high shutter speed, I captured photos that were sharp, natural, and virtually noise-free.


Below you'll see the headshots, which capture Molly's versatility and undeniable stage presence. They bring out her eyes, radiating confidence and intrigue, setting the stage for her to be remembered by directors for a wide range of roles.