“What is the most important for me as an actress is that these pictures show not only my face, but my personality, a bit of my soul… I think Kim has really “captured” me in a very special way and his pictures are stunning! And…I must say they really “work”! Within a few days of submitting my headshots for two TV series projects, I received calls from two casting directors wanting to meet me and I now have regular roles in both series! ”
Kim was a refreshingly talented and forward thinking photographer to work with. Having only just met him, I felt like I could completely trust his judgement in all aspects of the shoot, including styling/make up etc, and I’m really pleased with the results! Kim isn’t afraid to push the boundaries and play with different set-ups to really work out what’s best for you individually.
“One can’t help but fall in love with Kim’s passion, enthusiasm, attention to detail & determination to constantly challenge himself by pushing the very limits of his photography skills. His heartfelt love of photography also extends to his clients, as he takes every step possible to ensure that you are comfortable during a session with him. This is one photographer who cares & potential clients should be prepared for the jaw dropping results he produces.”
Thank you for such a swift turnaround and for producing such great photos. My agents were delighted with the shoot and felt we were spoilt for choice. They particularly admired the fact that you managed to get such depth into the photos; their complaint about digital photography is that it can sometimes look very flat. They were thrilled that you avoided that (through great use of lighting and skill, I guess!!).
I’m absolutely thrilled with my headshots & character shots by Kim. The shoot was stress-free & fun, and as an actor himself, Kim knows how to get the most from his subject & keep the shoot interesting. His lighting & composition skills were top-notch so even with minimal make-up he made me look great! The only downside is that it is now impossible to choose the best as there are so many great shots! First time I’ve looked through a contact sheet and not cringed at the sight of myself!
“I am delighted with my headshots! I have received many positive comments about them in feedback from my agent and casting directors I know. The session was relaxed, professional but also extremely enjoyable and I really felt attention to getting the best from the time and quality of the photos was a priority. The experience was made all the more enjoyable because of the delightful personality of Kim Hardy himself.”
“I am thrilled with the shots Kim did for me, he was great to work with and understands what actors need and the way to find it.
The quality of the shots is first rate and I and my agent have used them across all our media. I would not hesitate to use Kim again.”
Kim was amazing to work with. I have worked with many photographers as an actor and a model, and I found him to be one of the best at making me feel comfortable and bringing out the best in me during the shoot. Being an actor himself he completely understands what is needed for headshots, and is able to help with exercises and imagery to bring out different looks or emotions that I have never experienced another photographer doing. He is constantly enthusiastic and has a wonderful energy, as well as an incredible eye.
Taking headshots with Kim Hardy feels more like an acting exercise than a photoshoot! His attention to detail is impeccable and he is clearly very passionate about getting the perfect photo for you. Although I was initially anxious, he made me feel very at home as soon as I walked through the door. He has fantastic precision when it comes to the shapes, lighting and colours of the shoot but as an actor himself he knows how to create a response in you to really bring a photo to life. At the same time, there was a very honest and friendly rapport which made the generously long shoot a very enjoyable one.
I thoroughly enjoyed the shoot with Kim as he’s very reassuring, down-to-earth and understanding and treats it like a creative collaboration. Through chatting and a range of creative exercises, Kim gives you the impression that you’re in very safe hands so that you can just relax and enjoy the experience. In short, he knows how to get the best out of you. The photos themselves are of a great quality and capture the simple and honest look that I wanted to achieve.
“Had a fantastic photography session with Kim and I’m completely amazed with the results. Kim worked with me and made creative decisions to capture the very best shots. Explaining that he also has an acting background, he used various acting techniques and exercises to get me into a zone which helped me give the best performance. I have always had a problem with my eyes and have always been very critical about my eyes in many photographs I have had done. Kim directed me and made creative choices which enabled my eyes to really tell a story, they looked striking and powerful and for the first time I was extremely happy with the way they looked which I owe completely to Kim. On top of that he was patient, professional, friendly and made me feel completely at ease from the moment I spoke to him.”
“I’m so happy with the pictures Kim took. I’m having trouble picking because there are so many fantastic shots! Coming from the NYC I’m totally impressed that Kim is completely up to date on what the American market is looking for right now and his photos reflect that. The shoot was delightful and Kim’s energy and sense of humor made me feel completely comfortable and at ease.”
“The entire experience, from the first to the last has been utterly fantastic and I can’t recommend Kim enough. He offered excellent advice on what to bring on the day which meant that I turned up to the shoot confident, and the atmosphere throughout was relaxed and fun. I don’t often walk away from a photo shoot able to say that I really enjoyed myself! I’m delighted with the final results and the feedback I’ve been getting has also been wonderful.”
“Working with Kim was an experience in itself. He made me feel incredibly relaxed and at the same time open to all sorts of wonderful opportunities that allowed us to get many different emotions through in the shots – He knows how to get range and diversity from the person he is working with in such a fun and creative way. Kim is an actor himself so he fully understands what the industry demands and how important a headshot of exceptional quality is.”
“The whole process of getting my new headshots with Kim was absolutely awesome! On the shoot day his confidence, creativity and friendliness made me feel relaxed and excited about the photos we were going to take and then as the day progressed he seemed to know how to get the best out of me. It was a really enjoyable experience. Then, when I received my proofs, there were so many shots that I liked, choosing the ones I actually wanted was very difficult but happily so as there were so many great photos. Finally, the response I’ve had already has been excellent with so many people commenting on how good the photos are.”
“Kim is our photographer of choice. Simply because he has the talent and the perfect attitude for working with actors and artists. His open, charismatic personality engages his subjects, helping them feel secure and to enjoy the process. It is a real treat to see the results, as not only does he make his sessions fun, but he always captures the true spirit of his subjects.”
“We have been thrilled and impressed with Kim’s work from start to finish. He took time to find out exactly what we wanted, took great care in preparing and viewing the location resulting in a smooth and efficient shoot. He has captured the feel of the band and the look we wanted perfectly. Always amiable, reliable and clear, I would recommend him to any group, band, company or individual working in the arts. He is a real talent!”
“Kim is a very patient and friendly photographer. Coming from an acting background as well, he uses acting techniques to direct actors, to help us relax and get into the range of looks for headshots. Kim is very generous and will take as long as it needs to capture the desire headshot look. Kim definitely has a particular style of photography, and for such high quality headshots – it’s worth every penny.”
“Kim Hardy’s calmness and confidence is infectious, right from the start I felt at ease and able to enjoy the photo session. His ability to talk me through an imaginary journey while he snapped away took away any responsibility I felt to do something to make a good photo, this resulted in a variety of amazing photos that looked unposed and more importantly truly like me. The most common remarks I have received from both friends and industry professionals are “stunning”, “natural” and “they really capture you”, which is the perfect feed back you want for head shots.”
“If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then as an actor you can ask for nothing better than to be beheld and photographed by Kim Hardy. Combining an extensive and creative understanding of the technical requirements for a good photograph with a deeply human ability to engage and connect with his subjects, Kim was exceptional in creating the conditions for a relaxed and enjoyable headshot session which brought out the best in me. His quick turnaround in getting the images to me was also very impressive and I was ecstatically happy with what I received. Kim’s eye perceives and captures beautifully real and truthful images – applied to headshots, you could ask for nothing more.”