Headshots v Portraits, an explanation
Nomenclature can be confusing. Moreover, terms aren't always used the same way.
Headshots are pictures that identify you. For example;, directory and web listings.
Portraits, often called environmental portraits can tell more of a story. They often include the subject in an environment that helps tell that story.
That doesn’t mean all headshots are shot in a studio, or that all portraits are shot on location. For example, a headshot taken at the beach is still a headshot. Similarly, portraits can be taken in studio using sets and props.
Who uses which?
Actors and models almost exclusively use headshots since the expression and facial details are the only thing important for auditions.
Corporate executives usually have a headshot, but in some cases, portraits may work better. For example, in a corporate brochure or annual report. Some executives may also want to show off their office or work place.
Realtors who cater to many types of clients including families usually get a headshot.
Personalities like broadcasters and athletes usually benefit from a portrait.
Read our longer explanation or call us: 858-413-7030, we’re happy to help you with your decision.