I'm About to Call the Paparazzi on Myself: Headshots vs. Portraits

I'm About to Call the Paparazzi on Myself: Headshots vs. Portraits

Shauna Toomer
2 min read


I knew the importance of professional photos, but I didn't completely understand until I was asked for one and couldn't deliver immediately. If you are a business owner, blogger, writer - whatever your profession is - my best advice is to keep an updated, professional photo on hand.


  • Rest. Photo sessions are hard work, especially if you plan to change locations and wardrobe. Also, you don't want to look like you partied hard the night before.
  • Makeup. Be yourself. If you're known for a red lip, go for it!  If you have questions or concerns, consult with your photographer and a makeup artist.
  • Hair. This is touchy. I'm a proud dread head who loves big curly hair sometimes. It depends on how I feel that day. Choose what makes you happy.
  • Posing. You can practice or wing it if that works for you. I consider myself awkward so standing in the mirror and twirling around works wonders for my confidence. If you are a natural and prefer to go with the flow - do your thing!

Headshots are generally close-up photos of your head and shoulders. You are looking at the camera and should appear confident and approachable. Utilize these photos for business cards, corporate or business pages, branding, and professional websites such as LinkedIn.

Portraits are artistic and provide more range. Full-body photos, close-ups, and 3/4 lengths are great options for portrait photos. Similar to headshots, you can shoot portraits in a studio or on location. They, too, can be used for marketing, website photos, and social media sites.

No matter your profession, your photos should be fun, professional and should always express who you are. Enjoy!