Headshots and portraits are among the most popular images requested by clients.

And, like any professional photography, each serves a unique purpose.

So, what exactly distinguishes them from one another?

And what should you bear in mind before setting foot in the studio?


What are the differences?

Put simply, the biggest difference between the two is purpose.

Headshots are close-up pictures of your head and shoulders in a neutral, but professional, setting.

They are most often used for images on business websites, marketing materials or elements that demand a professional identity.

The main aim is to provide something recognisable that can be used for the ends you require – whether it’s for your company, acting work or modelling.

By contrast, a portrait is a distinct image of an individual, shot from a greater distance, that can be for any number of uses.

These allow for greater artistic licences and often include several framing, colouring and background options. They can involve different forms of dress, even include other individuals, or give you the freedom to capture a range of feelings or intentions.

Both types of image are dependent on a photographer’s ability, with a skilled professional able to capture a striking professional image or exercise creative ability to get the style of portrait or selection of headshot you’re after.


What should I consider?

Before you decide to commission a portrait or headshot, it’s important to think about what you’re looking to get from the session.

Some elements to muse on include:

Your specific use: What website or industry is the image for? Are there examples you want to emulate?

Your mood: What emotion are you trying to capture? Do you want to be approachable and smiling, serious and professional, or look for a range of tones?

Lighting and background: What setting do you want? Do you want an on-site image taken in your office or workspace? Or might the neutral setting of a studio work better?

What is possible? It is worth remembering that any professional photographer will have a lifetime of experience that allows them to unearth striking visual elements. Once you make contact, try to be receptive to suggestions and ask for reference images from their portfolio.


What next?

If you need a high-quality headshot, portrait or more – Just Headshots has you covered.

With comprehensive experience working with a range of clients, our team ensures the highest standards of bespoke care, ensuring full satisfaction from every session.

We work to make you feel at ease, ensuring the approach we take is right for you.

Or, if you have any specific requests, questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our team directly and let us know exactly what you need.