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We create acting headshots and portfolios that make you stand out to agents, casting crews and in auditions.

Alise Black is a leading headshot photographer who specialises in emotive and diverse acting portfolios for actors, extras, cross over models/actors, and industry professionals.

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Creating actor headshots and portfolios since 2003

In our professional studios in Melbourne, Sydney & on Location, we create professional acting portfolios for emerging and experienced actors aged 13 to 75+ years.


We specialise in creating diversity in your acting portfolio, to showcase you in a range of emotions and styles, which is essential when approaching agents or when self representing.

Our acting clients have gone on to appear in major Australian & International movies, television shows, TV commercials and theatre productions. Some have continued their career overseas with great success. We also assist clients with cross over portfolios for models and actors, combining a range of images for both uses. 


We offer guidance on how to start with self representation in the industry and offer details on how to go about finding an agent.

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"If your are anxious or nervous to take professional photos, there's no need to fear with Alise Black photography.


You are welcomed and made to feel at home and comfortable the moment you arrive. Alise and the team are perfectionists who make sure you receive the highest quality photos. I'm very impressed by the experience and the photos taken.


Thankyou Alise! Love your work."  

Brandon Danker  Facebook – 5 Star Review

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Simple headshot, 3 photoshoots or VIP? There's lots of options!

We have a simple headshot sitting, or a private session with a minimum of 3 different photoshoots and VIP experiences. You can have natural headshots (essential) through to character images that make you stand out. We guide you every step of the way to make it fun, easy and enjoyable.

In around 2010, agents in Australia started to follow the LA trend of moving away from just a 'headshot' and into diverse acting portfolios, to showcase an actors range and personality. Alise is an expert in this field and will coach you on how to create a collection of character images, to make your acting portfolio interesting to a casting agent and talent scout.


It's really important to have the appropriate hair & makeup styling, coupled with expert retouching refinement, to ensure the images are a polished reflection of you. Over photoshopped or poor quality low resolution imagery will not be acceptable to casting directors. How do we know? Because they are our clients and they keep us updated on the industries trends. We're here to guide you every step of the way.

Acting Photoshoot Example

Take a look at a sample of a recent actor photoshoot. Photographed at our Melbourne studio and in the surrounding streets, we captured a range of styles in the one private 3 hour session. 


"I could not praise Alise Black photographic studios more highly! 


It was the most incredible, fun and comfortable experience I have been a part of. Alise and her team are beautiful individuals and made every part of this experience breezy, giving me direction and making me feel comfortable in-front of the camera.


I would definitely recommend Alise Black. I couldn’t thank them enough."


Jamieson Turner 
Google – 5 Star Review

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Your acting photos are an essential investment in your CV

Modern actor portfolios include imagery that is emotive, a mix of headshot, half and full body positions. Combining photographic styles such as traditional studio environments, natural light and street scape is required for diversity and range.


We assist existing actors in breaking through being typecast. For example; clients come to us who may always be typecast as the 'nice mum' ... We help them diversify their range through a variety of photoshoots; ie the 'nice mum' the 'tortured soul' for dramas and serious roles, the 'serial party glamour girl'.


We help actors showcase the type of work they want to do. Helping actors stand out is our speciality.

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"I had the most wonderful experience with Alise Black Photography, and am beyond thrilled with the images.


I could not have asked for a more positive experience, getting my headshots taken for the first time. Both Treia (Stylist) and Alise were so professional, friendly, kind and funny, which made the whole process an absolute dream. The stunning studio is just the icing on the cake. Lastly, they provide excellent advice on approaching agents.


Thank you both so so much."

Patrick Heanue  Google – 5 Star Review

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By choosing our studio you can be assured you'll receive the right look

We appreciate some clients are nervous when starting out or even updating their portfolios. We are here to help.

We offer a variety of different types of photoshoots to suit all budgets. We have transparent pricing prior to any booking and a private quality experience. We always direct our actors through a range of facial expressions and body language techniques. 


Our studio will make sure your images have the attention to detail, expertise and the professional quality you need, to start out in the industry or freshen up your existing portfolio. 

Contact us to find out more. We're here to answer all questions and design a great photoshoot for you!