Professional Headshot Styles
Most of my headshot clients when they come in say they just want a new profile image for LinkedIn or StarNow. Little do they know, a headshot is so versatile; not only it’s multipurpose, but also there are different styles to choose from! Today we are going to look at some of the popular professional headshot styles and their differences.
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7 The Most Popular Professional Headshot Styles
Typically it’s a tight crop consisting of a head and shoulders, photographed in front of a white or off-white background with a neutral or slightly serious expression. Traditional headshots are quite common in corporate sector when it comes to team profile shots.
Magazine-style or editorial business portrait
Magazine-style business portraits are more styled. They add more personality and prestige of the person being photographed, and/or reveal a glimpse of their story (with outfit, location, and posing choices).
Clean Commercial headshot
A commercial headshot is intended to appeal to advertising industry; it is usually a brighter image with flatter lighting, as opposed to dramatic shadows and moodier look of a magazine-style headshot. Big smile is another distinctive element of a commercial headshot portrait.
Natural style headshots are popular amongst actors. Absence of makeup and hair styling helps capture an actor’s face as a blank canvas in order to appeal to more characters and roles.
Lifestyle Headshot Portraits
Lifestyle headshots are usually shot outdoors; they are relaxed, giving an un-staged everyday feel. It’s perfect for social media and dating sites profile images, as well as actor headshots. Background choice helps add a certain mood to the images.
This is quite self-explanatory – portraits of a group of colleagues, individuals, etc. Group, or team headshots are a great way to convey a sense of uniformity.
Are you a creative freelancer? Don’t be afraid to get creative when it comes to your professional headshot. The bolder the better! Use props, theatrical facial expressions – these will help you stand out even in the most saturated market!
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Remember, a professional headshot is all about conveying your personality and your story. Make it YOUnique, make it you. Which professional headshot styles are your favourite?
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