Headshots and Portraits? What's the difference?

December 09, 2013

It's a question we come across regularly, "Can you explain what the difference between a headshot and a portrait is?" It can be understandably confusing, after all, isn't a portrait capturing a person's face, expressing their image? Same as a headshot? The truth is there are specific differences between a headshot and a portrait.

A headshot is tightly cropped, sternum up only, with a set backdrop. Our set backdrop is a white background and is normally shot in our studio (although they can also be shot outdoors). Simple and direct. A portrait has less strict boundaries. It includes more of the body, can be shot in multiple environments, such as inside, outside, in a studio, in a home, with creative lighting. Retouching and post-production (editing and color-correction) tends to be more stylized with more variations to choose from. Pricing is a factor as well, as headshots take less time, less post-production, and therefore cost less than portraits. On the flip side, portraits give you more of a selection of images and usually include headshot like images. So as we can see, there are plenty of options depending on your needs. Hopefully this blog has helped make the options clearer!

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