It’s all about personal taste. Some may feel that black and white removes any distraction of colour, being left with texture, form, and light. The result can be stunning, and they will have that air of old – fashioned integrity about them.
Years ago, all headshots were black and white as it was too expensive to try to print them in colour. With today’s technology, it’s not that costly at all and nearly everybody uses colour headshots.
Black and white is about emotion without distraction. When you choose black and white, that choice makes a statement about the passion of the image.
A colour headshot reveals your exact eye and hair colour, the tone of your skin, and it helps enormously to cut out time in the casting process.
Colour is all around us now. It isn’t any cheaper to get black and white photos printed instead of colour.
For Actors and Models casting directors want to see colour photos. It’s the modern way.
In some cases it may be recommended to convert certain photos to Black and White rather than colour if it suits or if it helps the context or subject.
Colour photography has definitely taken the forefront in popularity, especially since the evolution of digital methods.
Either black and white, or colour, you’ll always find one or two casting directors who prefer the opposite, but for the great majority, they simply don’t mind.
Have your headshot taken in colour, as you can always convert a copy to black and white if you desire to later on.