The uniqueness of Jinsey Dauk’s
headshots is quite obvious.
Each photo emits a spirit, a personality, and a feeling. Jinsey uses a naturalistic approach in her photography. Instead of a studio with high powered lights, fancy cameras and the customary backdrops, Jinsey’s Tribeca studio is simple and welcoming. For light, she relies on sunshine streaming in from two nine-foot-high windows with a view of the Hudson River, and for a backdrop, she simply uses the decor of her apartment. Jinsey tells her clients, “The only way you know I’m taking your picture is from the sound of the shutter clicking.” Jinsey’s naturalistic approach produces flattering, relaxed, and true representations of each person. “With a headshot you want the casting director to look at a picture and feel something — the life and the spirit of the actor,” says Jinsey.
“By all accounts, Jinsey Dauk is one of the most successful headshot photographers in New York City.”
– Eric Rudoph, Photo District News
“Because I don’t use flash I’m able to catch action a lot faster, and catch a lot of spontaneity. That’s why every one’s eyes are so alive and awake. A flash makes it really difficult for people to feel at ease. They’re sitting there with a smile thinking, ‘Okay, when is she going to take the picture, ‘then there’s the flash, and they think, ‘Phew it’s done.’ “The way I shoot, it’s a succession.”
–Jinsey, Backstage/Headshot Annual
Meet a Top Casting Director, Manager, and Photographer. Get Invited to More Auditions by Improving Your Resume. Your headshot and résumé are your calling cards. A top-shelf photographer, manager, and casting director offer advice on getting the right shot and putting together the perfect résumé. Bring your current headshots and résumé for evaluation by these experts. Jinsey Dauk, Photographer Jinsey Dauk has been a headshot photographer in NYC for 25 years. An actor and a former Ford model, she studied and then taught photography at Wake...read more
Jinsey was recently featured in an article from Backstage magazine about New York headshot photographers. It’s all in the eyes! Here in their headshots, actors Rhonda Jensen and Miguel Perez are both open, approachable, warm, and engaging. They emit a spirit, a personality, and a feeling. That’s exactly what you want in a headshot—you want the casting director to feel all that. Because I shoot with natural light and not flash, it’s easy for clients to feel more natural themselves; they are spontaneous and being, not posing....read more
Dr. Erin Walker, PhD www.erinwalkerphd.com Jinsey recently completed a photoshoot for a New York City based psychologist, Dr. Erin Walker, who specializes in psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families. The photos will be used on her new website and needed to portray her as professional, approachable and...read more
Jinsey and a few of her clients explain her process and what set Jinsey’s photography apart from the rest!read more
Inside Edition, the long-running television newsmagazine program on CBS, presented a segment about the popularity of online dating and how some users are having professional headshot photos taken to create a more successful online profile. Jinsey is interviewed as a photographer who specializes in headshots and has taken many effective shots for numerous clients to portray them in flattering natural light and improve their chances of finding romance...read more
If your Match.com date looks better onscreen than in life, here’s why When the first calls came in, says Jinsey Dauk, a photographer known for natural-light head shots of actors, she was puzzled. The clients were “sort of vague,” she says, about why they needed portraits. Eventually, the truth emerged: They wanted flattering photos for their Internet dating ads. Since then, says Dauk, it’s turned into steady work, primarily from professionals in their thirties and forties. “We mostly do big-smile shots—Here I am! Not so much...read more
By all accounts, Jinsey Dauk is one of the five or six most successful head-shot photographers in New York City. Of the roughly 150 photographers who work in this lucrative field – taking portraits of the city’s aspiring actors – Dauk is among an elite group. Just step inside her small apartment in New York’s Greenwich Village and the difference is apparent. While most head-shot studios are equipped with high-powered strobes, complicated gaffing rigs or backdrops in view, Dauk’s combination of home and studio is...read more
Dauk strives for the active rather than the passive at a shoot. “A lot of actors don’t like having their picture taken because they think it’s about posing,” says Dauk.”But it’s not like that at all; it’s doing and being. Actors are really at home with doing and being because that’s what they do on stage, and it’s what I’m trying to do with my head shots.” By Jill Charles All Photos by Jinsey Dauk Dauk’s method of getting an actors spontaneity stems from the fact that...read more