What is a headshot

April 26, 2016

What is a headshot?

A recent experience with a rude millionairess investor who thought I was insane to dedicate my business to photographing people’s faces ( her definition – a picture of a face) inspired me to write this article, today.  While researching other documentations about the definition of headshots, I found a lot of incorrect information such as ” a photo of a person shoulder’s and above “, and information about actor’s headshots only but little information about this growing trend, corporate headshots.

Being the founder of Art of Headshots with thousands of clients and various studios around the country, maybe I have a word or two to say about headshots.  But why not explain the four main definitions of a headshot so anyone researching the meaning of headshot or headshots will have a matching definition.

The following are four definitions of ” Headshot ” or “Headshots”.


Wikipedia image by Carlos Taylhardat courtesy Michelle Borromeo

  1. A headshot is a modern portrait produced by a professional photographer or agency.  To be used by a professional, business owner or a team to brand him or herself through social media such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Google Plus and the ‘about us’ page.  There are also other ways of using the headshot such as print media and email correspondence.  Professional Headshot or Corporate Headshots.
  2. A headshot is an 8X10 print which could have a resume attached in the back of the print for an actor seeking casting for a role.  Actor’s Headshot.
  3. A headshot is also used to describe a sport injury mainly in Hockey and Football and Boxing.  Where the athlete has been injured in the head by the opponent usually resulting in a concussion.  Headshots in Hockey and Boxing have recently become an issue that is currently being addressed and will change the rules of the game to protect the health and career of athletes ( hurray ).
  4. Electronic Gamer’s look to headshot as an opportunity to gain higher points.  Games like Resident Evil, Gears of War and the Unreal Series to mention but a few.  Not my regular clientele at Art of Headshots because they are busy saving the universe at the comfort of their couch.

An Art of Headshots, headshot becomes an opportunity to reveal great information that is communicated on a subconscious way.  Consider that we are always looking at other human beings, in doing so – our mind gets stimulated.  We wonder if it’s safe or can we trust that person, does he or she remind us of somebody we once knew?  The ability to understand a well capture headshot ( subconsciously ) it’s uncanny.  Making an Art of Headshots or a headshot by a professional who can capture more than just a face…  A powerful online engaging tool.

Today one of my clients said the following about the Art of Headshots,

“I needed some new headshots as I am about to re-start my acting career after several years on hiatus. I chose Art Of Headshots based on the sample shots photographer Carlos had posted on their Yelp site. I called the office and had a very in-depth conversation with Carlos which cemented the idea that I had found someone who’s skill and experience would help me capture the look and essence I wanted in my new shots. I arranged an appointment and was totally satisfied! Carlos is easy to work with. He takes the time to get to know his subject and what they are looking for. He has great ideas and excellent vision. I never felt I was being forced into what he wanted but rather we discovered the result together. We looked at photos on his iPad as we worked and adjusted, resulting in many great options to choose from. Their online interface of the proofs is easy to use and convenient when submitting proofs for finishing. Their prices are fair and they offer great discounts on multiple edits. Becky in the office is friendly and will work with you on figuring out the editing process. If you need a headshot for any reason be it for entertainment, corporate or just because you are kind of a big deal, I HIGHLY recommend AOH! They are now my go-to, and I commuted up from Arizona to work with them. No-one down here even comes close!” Garnet Harding.


1 – http://www.giantbomb.com/headshot/3015-85/

2 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_shot

3- http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/maple-leafs-nylander-injured-in-world-junior-game/

4- http://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/nfl/nfl-headshots-not-going-away-study-finds-1.2458305

5- https://www.artofheadshots.com


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