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.

The pressure on young actors to manage their brand as an actor - and their professional promotional portfolio as part of that brand - has never been greater. And the range of high-quality photographers and styles out there has never been so varied. But as photographers, we see the same basic mistakes, poor choice of non-sector-specific photographer and poor resulting headshots time and again.

So, we've pooled out expertise to create impartial headshot workshops for drama schools to help fulfil profession development objectives, each led by two established professionals, which cover every aspect of headshots and self promotion as an actor.

Workshops cover:

  • The basics on how to prepare for a headshot session from clothing and makeup, to preparing a brief and practising in-session posing technique.
  • Choosing a photographer
  • In-depth analysis into the place of headshots in the current environment, and their importance in modern casting.
  • Choosing your final shots
  • Understanding how and where headshots are used in the casting process.
  • Current and future trends
  • Practical shooting exercises (depending on facilities/room available).
Importantly, these workshops provide not just tools and resources for actors in the 2nd or 3rd year, who are planning a first ever shoot, but also much longer-term perspectives and insights, which will be valuable across a career.

John Clark, the APHP Workshop Co-ordinator, comments: "Our members are at the coalface of casting image production in the industry; the expertise and insight we possess collectively makes for a rich educational resource to share with Drama Schools and their students. In creating practical and informative workshops, we hope to spread that expertise, to benefit both students, and the business at large.

To discuss booking a Workshop, or tailoring it to your curriculum / Professional Development timetable, just drop us a line at: with the subject line 'Workshops'

“An invaluable workshop, seamlessly organised and brilliantly delivered.”
Heather Davies, Producer | Cynhyrchydd, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama | Coleg Brenhinol Cerdd a Drama Cymru

“We were delighted to welcome The APHP into our school for a workshop. The students found the advice and guidance extremely helpful, and hearing from such experienced photographers really helped to take the fear out of that first headshot session. Practical advice mixed with a detailed explanation on how to prepare and work towards to best and most productive session. The workshop was conducted in a friendly and constructive manner with plenty of time for Q and A. This should form a part of all drama schools training - invaluable.”
Adrian Jeckells, Principal, LSMT

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.

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