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Featured Actor Headshot Photography Featuring Tom Aldersley

Short BIO Actor Tom Aldersley

Tom is originally from the Yorkshire Dales and moved to Manchester to attend the Arden School of Theatre. He graduated in 2004 with a first class honours degree in Acting Studies. Since graduating Tom has worked extensively in television and theatre.

His theatre credits include Once in a House on Fire at The Lowry and national tour, Pub at The Royal Exchange, Danny the Champion of the World at The Bolton Octagon and Romeo and Juliet for The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and most recently Lost Boy Racer at The Lowry and tour.

Tom has worked extensively in television in the ten years since his graduation appearing in well known shows such as Coronation Street (ITV), Emmerdale (ITV), Hollyoaks (Channel 4), Mount Pleasant (Sky), Homefront (ITV) and Moving On (BBC). As well as these Tom also guest made appearances in The Royal (ITV), Atlantis (BBC), The Amazing Mrs Pritchard (BBC), and Eric and Ernie (BBC). Most recently Tom has filmed an episode of the new Russell T. Davies Channel 4 series, Cucumber which will air in the spring of 2015.

In addition Tom has also appeared in several high profile advertising campaigns on television, print and radio for the likes of Kwik Fit, Setanta Sports, Jacamo, Coors Light, Party Bets, and

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Featured Actor Chris McCreery

BIO Chris McCreery

Chris graduated from Guildford School of Acting in 2012 with a degree in Musical Theatre. Previously he attended Pendleton Performing Arts College in Manchester. Chris’ previous credits include Will Parker in Oklahoma, Joe Vegas in Fame, Cacambo in Candid and Dance Captain along side Bonnie Langford at the Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford. In 2001, Chris sang for Her Majesty the Queen at the Commonwealth Games, which set off his love for music and theatre. Over the past 2 years, he has been performing on board P&O’s cruise ships Arcadia, Azura and Ventura.

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I had a great time working on my headshots with Colin. I was made to feel very comfortable and confident in the time we spent working on my headshots. My previous headshots had dated , over priced and not really what I wanted. I was relieved that Colin took the time to get to know what I was about and what kind of thing I wanted to get across in my photos. Many Thanks. Chris.

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Amy Kelly looking beautiful in this studio headshot

The Power of Facial Control With Amy Kelly Coronation Street

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. With a trained actor in front of the lens, it can tell a million. Portrait photography is something of an art form – requires two things.

Firstly, a dynamic photographer is needed to maximise the effect. Fortunately for Neilson Reeves, our photographer, Colin Boulter, is the master at getting the most out of his talented subjects. This ensures our clients receive portrait photographs which catch the attention of casting directors and seal auditions.

Secondly, a disciplined subject with bags of acting talent is crucial. Recently, Colin had the good fortune of conducting a headshot session with actress Amy James-Kelly. Amy is most famous for playing the role of the homeless girl Maddie Heath in Coronation Street since December 2013.

For a shoot like this, the subtle nuances of a headshot session are highlighted, since dialogue interplay are taken away. Because of this, working with someone of Amy’s raw talent was a joy for all parties involved. She is extremely gifted – as you’ll see in these headshots – and we predict big things to come!

Commercial Headshot Amy Kelly


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Commercial vs. Theatrical Actor Headshot

In the world of acting, there are two kinds of headshots: commercial and theatrical. The former is often used to land advertising roles and is generally of a sunny, uniform disposition. The latter often requires much more planning and execution – since these headshots will be carefully chosen for a specific role, it’s important to convey the right message. They must communicate the responsibility and reliability of the actor, but also their power to convey emotion through a slight twitch of the eye or curl of the lip, sending out a signal to the specific role they are targeting.

Theatrical Headshot Amy Kelly – Old Hollywood


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Amy was interested in applying for period drama roles as they are currently very popular. Accordingly, Colin set the stage for some serious shots, capturing Amy’s ability to switch between emotions with subtle facial movements and expressions. The tiniest adjustment in eyes or mouth can have a massive bearing on the emotion being conveyed – mastery of such facial control is an impressive talent, and one Amy has in abundance. Take a look at these amazing photos and see for yourself…

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Working in tandem with Colin, the pair were able to bring out the subtle power of Amy’s acting ability and achieve some truly memorable headshots, individually tailored to the roles which she intended on applying for. Such excellent results would simply not have been possible without a relaxed and comfortable working relationship, since true emotion manifests itself best (even in photos) when based on a bedrock of trust.

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Amy’s experience – What Amy Said

We were over the moon to hear that Amy thoroughly enjoyed her photoshoot and the resulting headshots. “Working with Colin is so easy. And that’s the easiest way of putting it. He’s a breath of fresh air and where some people may find having stills taken a traumatic experience, he will make it seem like you do it every day,” said Amy of her experience.

Throughout the whole shoot, he never stopped smiling, talking me through every bit of equipment and what it did and why he was using it. The only time I stopped smiling was when I had to keep a straight face on a photo, and even then, sometimes we had to take a minute because I’d be trying not to giggle. I can’t recommend the team at Neilson Reeves enough. A great day followed by stunning results. I will return to Colin the next time I need headshots doing, no matter where I may happen to be based.”


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Portrait featuring Ian pulestion-davies with hands on face in a pained expression

Pushing the Boundaries of Portrait Photography with Ian Puleston-Davies

Acting requires skill, effort and patience. A great actor will invest time and dedication into conveying their emotions into a separate character, which is impressive enough when achieved on the television screen, cinema or stage. However, capturing emotions in portrait photography requires an extra level of ability from the actor – and from the other side of the camera, too.

At Neilson Reeves, we prize quality and customer satisfaction above all else, working together with the subject to achieve unbeatable results. Our photographer, Colin Boulter, is an accomplished and experienced pro who has worked with many successful actors of the screen and stage.

Recently, Coronation Street star Ian Puleston-Davies contacted us. Having played the character of Owen Armstrong from 2010 to 2015, he had decided it was time to shake up his portfolio with some new photographs and a new image. After a comprehensive introductory session with Colin, the resulting photoshoot turned into a thorough acting workout. Ian went to the limits of his acting abilities – and Colin was there to push him all way – to produce one of the most exciting photoshoots we’ve ever had the pleasure of being part of. It was a true masterclass in acting from a pro.


Here is some of the images from the shoot

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In this portrait Ian demonstrates his acting abilities and shows lots of emotion to the camera. The shirt undone with tie loose adds to the mood of a broken man who could have lost everything at the casino (Colin Boulter)

In this portrait Ian looks lovingly at his small guitar that he uses to relax should his OCD be troubling him (Colin Boulter)

This portrait featuring Ian Puleston-Davies witch doctor style top hat with feather. An intense portrait with a sinister look of a man possessed. (Colin Boulter)

What Ian said about the shoot

Ian was thoroughly satisfied with the resulting shots. This is what he said about his experience: “The session made for an inventive, creative, ambitious time. Colin not only knows what he’s doing, but he also very cleverly makes you think it’s you leading the session… the mark of a good photographer? If you are looking for a bog-standard sit-in-front-of-the-camera-and-smile type of session, I’m sure Colin can accommodate. However, he is so much more. If you want to go off-piste as it were, enjoy the ride; because the moment you walk into his relaxed studio and start talking shots with him, you know you’re going to be well looked after.”

Actor Ian Puleston-Davies demonstrates his acting ability in this black and white portrait of a man with a lot on his mind. (Colin Boulter)

In this portrait of Ian Puleston-Davies the photographer with hands crossed on the table in front of him. (Colin Boulter)


In the three quarter length portrait of Ian Puleston-Davies he is holding is late fathers walking can, wearing a top hat and holding a bottle of beer. These elements all work together to create a bedraggled look of a man on the edge (Colin Boulter)


A thought provoking portrait featuring Ian Puleston-Davies. The portrait shows Ian looking like Winston Smith the character portrayed by John Hurt in the film 1984 based on a novel by George Orwell (Colin Boulter)

A thought provoking actor headshot in black and white featuring Actor Ian Puleston-Davies (Colin Boulter)

This portrait features Ian with his feet up playing his trusty small guitar that he often uses to bring himself down from an episode of OCD (Colin Boulter)

An in-depth experience

Indeed, there is nothing bog-standard about Colin’s approach. In the case of Ian, the pair talked fully for three hours before even touching the camera. In the words of Ian, they were “gassing like two old fishwives!” Such understanding and trust between the pair is vital to extracting the best photographs possible. Indeed, Ian was so comfortable that he felt at ease talking about his well-publicised OCD and even worked this into some of the shots. When Colin was confident he fully understood Ian’s personality and what exactly he was looking for, they moved onto an in-depth photography shoot, capturing not only head shots but a variety of portrait pictures as well.

In this portrait of Ian Puleston-Davies the photographer has used wide angle lens to distort perspective and elongate the Actors face for a dramatic intense look (Colin Boulter)

in this portrait Ian has his hand on his head and looks extremely stressed and a little sad. (Colin Boulter)

A thought provoking Black and White portrait featuring Ian Puleston-Davies (Colin Boulter)

In this portrait Ian really bears his soul and shows real emotion to camera. The despondent sad look on his face, shirt open and tie loose all contribute to the feel of the portrait of a broken man (Colin Boulter)

Setting the Stage and letting emotions run free

 Working in a collaborative manner, Ian and Colin ran the gamut of emotions, from happy to crushed, insane to stressed, tearful to enigmatic. Colin used different qualities of light to accentuate Ian’s vast talent – adopting softer lights with soft shadows to create upbeat images, and harder qualities to produce more deepened shadowing for a moodier effect.

The shoot is a perfect demonstration of how superior acting ability coupled with a superb photographer can produce stunning results that can freshen up a portfolio and breathe new creativity into an actor’s range. The danger of playing the same character for such a long time – as Ian has done on Coronation Street – is that the initial impetus and thirst for the role can wane. The shoot with Neilson Reeves was the perfect antidote to help spark Ian’s creative soul to life and showcase his undeniable talents. Wow!

“Needless to say, Colin has my whole hearted approval,” remarked Ian. “He is, appropriately, head and shoulders above the rest; he also happens to be a genuinely lovely guy with bags of energy and a true passion for his art.”

In this portrait Ian looks heart warningly into camera and has his arms folded lending forward (Colin Boulter)


Ian Puleston-Davies Theatrical actor headshot in colour. Ian is wearing rock and roll teddy boy type suit with white shirt and thin black tie (Colin Boulter)

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Featured Actor Nathan Charles

Short Bio

Nathan is currently studying acting with the Manchester School of Acting under the guidance of Mark Hudson and has been for the last 3 years. During his time with MSA he has been involved in a short film and TV commercial. Nathan is now ready to break into the industry and is working hard and continuing to hone his skills hoping to earn a break and get some castings under his belt.

Shoot Objectives -want we wanted to acheive

Nathan came to Neilson Reeves looking for his first set of professional actor headshots to help him to find a an agent. When we shoot images for new actors we always try to analyse their look and then visualise the roles they would be suitable for. With Nathan we concluded he could be cast as a hispanic/latino gangster or prison gang member, with the addition of some tattoos of course. As you can see I think we achieved that particular look as well as showing him as much softer character.

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From the moment I met him he made me feel right at ease and it was as if I’d known him for years when we’d finished, with the rapport that we built up throughout the Headshots session. This allowed me to feel totally loose in order for him to experiment with different camera angles and lighting. He really embraces an Actor’s individual differences and puts no boundaries on the lengths to achieve perfection.

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