What is a headshot?
According to Wikipedia:
“A head shot, or headshot is a modern (usually digital) portrait in which the focus is on the person. The term is applied usually for professional profile images on social media, images used on online dating profiles, the 'about us page' or a corporate website and promotional pictures of actors, models, and authors…”
Over the years, I had the occasional client who communicated they wanted a “regular” headshot…yet when they saw the image, realized that it wasn’t what they had in mind.
Does that make me a bad photographer?
No not really…it makes me a bad mind reader!
Headshots have changed over the years…they are not only for aspiring models or actors anymore and can change from a close up of the face to a half body depending on what the client envisions.
Be sure that when you shop for a headshot photographer you know what kind of images you want…or that they can guide you to what you want.
I have put together a PDF file that is attached to all of my headshot and branding welcome packages to show my new client exactly what they can get and how they can use the images I will create for them.
Pinterest is also a great resource to find out which kind of headshot is mostly used in your industry.
In the end, remember that your headshot is most likely the first thing a potential employer/headhunter or client will see when they look at your profile or website.