for Drama Institutions

The APHP is a non-profit group made up of the UK's leading headshot photographers and is committed to principles of excellence, expertise and education. In a rapidly changing headshot market, it aims to help Drama Schools educate their students about all things headshots, whether that's clothing choices, posing advice or managing a promotional portfolio.

Our up-to-the-minute expertise as professional image-makers, means The APHP can advise and comment on the way headshots are used by your institution.

What is APHP Approved?

APHP members provide consistently superb casting headshots fit for the contemporary entertainment industry; they are 'APHP Approved.'

Only qualified members can display the 'Approved' logo, so if you work with, or recommend, an APHP photographer, you can rely on the highest standards of professional skill and expertise.

All APHP members are Qualified and have:

  • Experience; a minimum of three years, but often decades, as a professional portraitist, shooting every kind of actor.
  • Skill: expert technical skills & superior equipment, plus keen understanding of light, composition and style
  • Knowledge: a wealth of up-to-date, industry-specific expertise.
  • Protection: up to date public liability insurance. 
  • A Duty of Care: sophisticated data back up & measures to secure images, while protecting personal information.
All APHP members abide by the Code of Conduct.

APHP members never take cash back from agents in exchange for recommendations, or work as Casting Directors, Agents or Personal Managers.

APHP Approved also means that in the rare instance you have a problem you cannot resolve with your photographer, there is a place to go to find help. See our 'What if I have a Complaint?' page


Education is at the heart of the APHP: by sharing our members' unrivalled headshot knowledge through neutral workshops, talks and resources, we aim to educate and inform actors and acting students, so they make the right headshot choices now, and throughout their careers.

Our​ unbiased headshot workshops for drama schools cover every aspect of headshots and marketing yourself as an actor.

  • The basics on how to prepare for a headshot session
  • Choosing a photographer
  • In-depth analysis of why headshots are such a powerful marketing tool.
  • Choosing your final shots
  • How headshots are used in the casting process.
  • Current and future trends
  • Practical shooting exercises (depending on facilities/room available).
To discuss booking a Workshop, Contact us

What is APHP approved?

APHP-Approved is a neutral hallmark of quality and expertise in a crowded marketplace. Wherever you see it, you can be sure of working with an APHP-qualified photographer who is fair, reliable and responsible, possessing the experience, skill and knowledge to provide you with the highest quality headshots.

All content ©The APHP 2015 / Except images © individual members as noted. The APHP is a non-profit unincorporated association based in the UK. The APHP name, The APHP logo & 'H Approved' logo are trademarks of The APHP. No reuse or reproduction without express permission. Please note: The APHP assumes no legal responsibility for the choice of photographer made by individuals using this site, nor for contracts for services made between individuals or businesses and photographers. The 'H Approved' logo constitutes an indication that the individual photographer is a member of the APHP, but does not constitute a legal guarantee or endorsement and the APHP accepts no liability for the acts or omissions of its members.