Being a Rockstar in your industry is down to headshots!

studio headshot shot against simple white background. Perfect for professional or personal use.

studio headshot shot against simple white background. Perfect for professional or personal use.

A professional headshot is a simple portrait used by business professionals as well as actors, musicians and models, to get work. Actors, musicians and models will generally print 8 X 10 prints of their headshot to distribute to talent agents or casting directors when attending auditions. Other business professionals use a headshot to promote a positive image of themselves or their business via, website, brochure, etc. In simple terms it’s a professional portrait where the central focus is the person and more specifically, the face. It will not be highly themed. There are no props or heavy makeup. It’s all about showing you as you are, relaxed, confident and ready to work. Headshots should be an accurate expression of who you are.

male professional headshot for commercial use

For performers it goes a little farther. Attached to the headshot, facing outward or printed on the reverse side of the headshot is a resume that documents recent work and/ or statistics, meaning your height, weight, measurements, eye color, hair color or any special skills for example speaking different languages and dialects or anything that might be helpful in securing the job.

black and white headshot for commercial use.

black and white headshot for commercial use.

Years ago, headshots were black and white, but these days sees quite a mix of black and white as well as colour photos.  Additionally, the trend used to be tightly cropped, and now it’s more open to interpretation, using some half-length to three quarter length shots. Natural light headshots are also popular and will probably remain so,

Nottingham professional outdoor headshots

young woman sitting on the grass amongst bluebells

but studio headshots are popular as well because they offer a very simple headshot, which has no distracting features that an outdoors image might show. As long as the light is crisp and clean and with a good balance of contrast, and shows the person as they really are:- either are suitable.


Another interesting use for personal headshots, is the recent phenomenon of the dating website “Tinder”. This has created a need for a realistic version of the person, looking their best, and in a relaxed and natural pose, without the distraction of other superfluous information. Both men and women who have had professional headshots made, have seen a huge increase in the number of dating opportunities offered, simply because they added a professional headshot to their personal profile. Here’s a brilliant video I found, which says it all! If you are interested in finding out about having a professional headshot done, whether its in the studio, or on location, please phone or send me a note and we can make a date. 🙂

This entry was posted in Photography News, Studio Portraits.


  1. Daniel Grant-Hunter 04/09/2015 at 1:26 pm #

    Hi I would like to get a head shot taken for my LinkedIn profile. just wondering how much of would cost!?


    • portraitsathome 04/16/2015 at 9:51 am #

      HI Daniel. Many thanks for your recent enquiry. I hope you received my quote by return email. If not, please contact me as soon as possible and I will re-send the information, which is also available on my website under the menu heading “Professional Headhshots”. I look forward to meeting you. Warm regards Beverley.

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