Portrait vs. headshot photograph
Technically, a headshot is a type of portrait. Even though these two photograph styles are often used interchangeably. However, there are a few key differences. Knowing these can help communicate exactly what it is you need with your photographer so they understand the style of photography to shoot.
Headshots are about capturing a professional image, whereas portraits are about capturing the character of the person. They’re the real you, the personal you, and bring out your true character is exactly what Joseph does best!
A key difference between the two styles can also be found in where the shot is going to be used. Headshots are typically used for business purposes – eg by corporate management teams needing to show themselves in a professional light on social media or in corporate publications. Or, by actors and models, used to give to casting directors and or as part of a portfolio that is used as a type of resume.
Portraits, on the other hand, tell more of a story about the subject. They may be used in editorial or marketing materials, in blog posts, or for personal use such as to hang on the family wall at home, give to loved ones and/or keep for memories sake.
A headshot will typically capture the face from the shoulders up. The subject is normally looking directly at the camera and the shot is evenly lit. The focus is on the face in the photograph.
Whereas Portrait photography is normally concerned with showing more of the character of the subject. Portrait photography conveys emotion, personality and style of the subject being photographed. The photograph itself can be styled, lit, and cropped in more creative ways, and the subject may be looking at the camera or away.