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our story

Akta Photography is a leading portrait photography company, based in Notting Hill, West London. Specialising in actor headshots and career development, we are the first headshot company to support actors in using their portraits effectively, working hard to aid the industry that we love.  

by actors, for actors

Akta Photography was founded during the national Covid-19 lockdown. The pandemic was hard for everyone but raised particular challenges for the creative industry. As photographers and filmmakers, we saw an opportunity to help performers get back on the horse, with our ‘Pay What You Can Headshot Initiative’: Offering actors the chance to refresh their headshots at whatever price they could afford to pay. The response was unbelievable and in our first month, we were able to support over 100 actors. Moving forward, we made this a cornerstone of our practice, dedicating 25% of all available bookings to PWYC clients in an effort to make the industry as accessible as possible.

​Fast forward 2 years and no headshot photographer offers actors the level of support we do. We pride ourselves in giving you the perfect headshot, as well as career support and advice that we have gained from the extensive relationships we have within the industry. Akta gives you a sense of community, that can support you in opening doors to an industry that is infamously difficult to access. You will get benefit from an exclusive network of performers and creatives, along with members-only workshops with industry-leading agents and casting directors and casting opportunities from some of our favourite casting directors. An Akta headshot is more than a photograph. It's a place in a community that can support you in opening doors to an industry that is infamously difficult to access. 

it all starts with your headshot

We believe the most important aspect of headshot photography is capturing you, exactly as you are. We aim to take beautiful, charismatic photographs, that bring out the uniqueness of you. Injecting a little 'hygge' into your photoshoot.


 “Hygge is a Scandinavian word for a mood of cosiness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment.” 

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