The difference between a portrait and a headshot
What’s the difference between a portrait and headshot? I’m often asked this. I think a lot of it has to do with intended use.
A headshot, as opposed to a portrait, typically suggests something used for professional purposes. A portrait, although often also used for professional purposes, suggests something that allows for less rigid professional standards. For example an actor’s headshot needs to meet the needs of casting agents or other professionals that adhere to a particular industry standard. A portrait not as often. And then there’s the most obvious difference: A headshot usually consists of a person’s head and shoulders and maybe a little more. A portrait may not. But anyway, there’s a fine line here to some degree, and it really all comes down to intended use—what the photo is for. Figure this out and the rest will follow. Think about the purpose you want your photo to serve. Often it’s an easy question to answer, but sometimes it takes a little thought. Drop me a line if you’d like to discuss.