fbpx
412-370-4520 jen@jenworley.com

Portrait vs Headshot

 

We realize we’ve been throwing around the words Headshot and Portrait a lot recently, without defining either of them. While some people believe the names to be interchangeable, they are actually two very different forms of photography. Today we’ll give you a quick overview of some of the distinctions. 

  1. Photo Composition

    As we talk about photo composition, we are talking about how we place the subjects of the photo. Basically, how all of the visual elements are coming together.

    Headshots are close-ups on one subject. These photos tend to show one’s head and shoulders, along with a white, or neutral, background and not much more.  Usually shot in either a studio or onsite (ie. a business office), the purpose of the neutral background is to avoid any distraction in order make the subject stand out with an air of professionalism and confidence.

    Portraits on the other hand are usually further back, showing ¾ or full body images. The background tends to be more colorful and add to the story the photo is telling rather than just provide a neutral background. Portraits contain one subject, or many, such as a family portrait. They can be a little more complex to arrange, but as a Pittsburgh portrait photographer I am trained and have been doing them for years. I will help you create the perfect photo to tell your story. 

  1. Facial Expressions

    Facial expressions show different emotions, adding different tones, based on the goals of the photo.

In headshots, you want the subject to look approachable yet confident.  Our headshot photographers will help you find the facial expression that works for you in order to achieve this look.

When it comes to portraits, your facial expression might really be anything. Your goal would be to match the story you are telling with the photo. 

  1. Photo Purpose 

    The goals of the two photos are the biggest distinction. Here is where you will determine which type of photo is right for you. 

Headshots are created and used mainly for the use of business, to create an image for yourself. Where might you use them? Anywhere you are representing yourself, either as a brand, or your career.   

  • Company Website

  • Social Media Marketing platforms (Instagram, Facebook, twitter)

  • Business Cards

  • Professional profile pictures (Facebook, LinkedIn) 

  • Certain professions, such as i.e. actors, will use them as a part of a resume. 

Portraits are more so used as a storytelling method. They tend to get used in more creative environments, such as magazines. Portraits get used more frequently on a personal level as well. You might have them hanging in your house, or in a family album in your living room. 

 

jen worley photographer

Jen Barker Worley Photography
555 Grant Street, Suite 337 Offices at the William Penn Pittsburgh, PA 15219

https://jenworley.com
412-370-4520

Instagram post 17883907666793534 Guys in grey: Vincent.#pittsburgh  #pittsburghprofessional
#pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #canon
#downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #downtownpittsburgh  #actor

Guys in grey: Vincent. #pittsburgh #pittsburghprofessional #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #canon #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #downtownpittsburgh #actor ...

0 4
Instagram post 17847530063361519 Last for now on my Women on White series.  Pearls match the background, and blazer matches the glasses. Sweet.#pittsburgh  #pittsburghprofessional
#pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #canon
#downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #downtownpittsburgh  #pittsburghwomen

Last for now on my Women on White series. Pearls match the background, and blazer matches the glasses. Sweet. #pittsburgh #pittsburghprofessional #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #canon #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghwomen ...

0 1
Instagram post 17845977308372967 Totally envying her beautiful skin. 😁  Most people prefer this modern grey background because it is great for all skin tones and skin colors.One last grey background for now... next posts we’ll call my “women on white” series.#pittsburgh  #pittsburghprofessional
#pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #canon
#downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #downtownpittsburgh  #pittsburghwomen

Totally envying her beautiful skin. 😁 Most people prefer this modern grey background because it is great for all skin tones and skin colors. One last grey background for now... next posts we’ll call my “women on white” series. #pittsburgh #pittsburghprofessional #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #canon #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghwomen ...

0 1
Instagram post 17898137005593759 I was supposed to post a picture a day last week, and forgot Friday!  So I missed sharing Rebecca’s beautiful smile.Oh, by “every day in a week”, I mean Mon-Fri... Because like, post 7 days in a row?  Yeah, I’m not that IG friendly. 🤣#pittsburgh  #pittsburghprofessional
#pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #canon
#downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #downtownpittsburgh  #pittsburghwomen

I was supposed to post a picture a day last week, and forgot Friday! So I missed sharing Rebecca’s beautiful smile. Oh, by “every day in a week”, I mean Mon-Fri... Because like, post 7 days in a row? Yeah, I’m not that IG friendly. 🤣 #pittsburgh #pittsburghprofessional #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #canon #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghwomen ...

0 0
Instagram post 17920981465454116 Thursday, Ladies on Grey#pittsburgh  #pittsburghprofessional
#pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #canon
#downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #downtownpittsburgh  #pittsburghwomen

Thursday, Ladies on Grey #pittsburgh #pittsburghprofessional #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #canon #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghwomen ...

0 0
Instagram post 17860862864141100 Wednesday, Ladies on Grey#pittsburgh  #pittsburghprofessional
#pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #canon
#downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #downtownpittsburgh  #pittsburghwomen

Wednesday, Ladies on Grey #pittsburgh #pittsburghprofessional #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #canon #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghwomen ...

0 0
Instagram post 17852927684299981 Tuesday, Ladies on Grey#pittsburgh  #pittsburghprofessional
#pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #canon
#downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #downtownpittsburgh  #pittsburghwomen

Tuesday, Ladies on Grey #pittsburgh #pittsburghprofessional #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #canon #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghwomen ...

0 2
Instagram post 17865898001065976 I have photographed some amazing women as of late, and have truly loved their photos. (Although to be honest, all the people I photograph are amazing and I love their pics!)So I’m going to do a post a day to feature my ladies on grey.  Starting with Cathy here.  Beautiful hair color!#pittsburgh  #pittsburghprofessional
#pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #canon
#downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #downtownpittsburgh  #pittsburghwomen

I have photographed some amazing women as of late, and have truly loved their photos. (Although to be honest, all the people I photograph are amazing and I love their pics!) So I’m going to do a post a day to feature my ladies on grey. Starting with Cathy here. Beautiful hair color! #pittsburgh #pittsburghprofessional #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #canon #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghwomen ...

0 1
Instagram post 17861676410080083 Last blue photo for the week.
💙#pittsburgh  #pittsburghprofessional
#pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #canon
#downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #downtownpittsburgh

Last blue photo for the week. 💙 #pittsburgh #pittsburghprofessional #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #canon #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #downtownpittsburgh ...

0 1
Instagram post 18126029935126921 I wish on every Zoom meeting, instead of people’s black boxes when the video is off, everyone would have an engaging profile photo on display.  It’s just so much more friendly and connecting!I think I’ve changed my profile pic three times this year.  Not being indecisive; exploring the different vibes of headshots . 💙#pittsburgh  #pittsburghprofessional
#pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #canon
#downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #downtownpittsburgh #zoomprofile #zoom

I wish on every Zoom meeting, instead of people’s black boxes when the video is off, everyone would have an engaging profile photo on display. It’s just so much more friendly and connecting! I think I’ve changed my profile pic three times this year. Not being indecisive; exploring the different vibes of headshots . 💙 #pittsburgh #pittsburghprofessional #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #canon #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #downtownpittsburgh #zoomprofile #zoom ...

0 15
Instagram post 18135317794099158 Happy Monday!  Yet another beginning of the week with the most peaceful commute ever... ‘cause downtown is still a bit empty.I’ve been feelin the blue background as of late.  Color, casual, and happy.  Feel it gives a nice vibe. 💙#pittsburgh  #pittsburghprofessional
#pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #canon
#downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #pittsburghactors  #actors

Happy Monday! Yet another beginning of the week with the most peaceful commute ever... ‘cause downtown is still a bit empty. I’ve been feelin the blue background as of late. Color, casual, and happy. Feel it gives a nice vibe. 💙 #pittsburgh #pittsburghprofessional #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #canon #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #pittsburghactors #actors ...

0 2
Instagram post 17877694000804348 Last Blue of the Week.  I love it when people go with a color-bright blazer!  We all need color in our life.  Blue is a happy color. 😉😁💙#pittsburghwomen  #pittsburghprofessional
#pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew
#downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #Blue  #bluejacket

Last Blue of the Week. I love it when people go with a color-bright blazer! We all need color in our life. Blue is a happy color. 😉😁💙 #pittsburghwomen #pittsburghprofessional #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #Blue #bluejacket ...

0 2
Instagram post 17858360432146022 To continue “Blue Week”, and the legacy of  the blue power dress.Tanya is the CEO for Dress for Success Pittsburgh @dfspgh an organization that empowers women who are entering or returning to the workforce.#pittsburghwomen  #pittsburghprofessional
#pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew
#downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #Blue  #bluepowerdress

To continue “Blue Week”, and the legacy of the blue power dress. Tanya is the CEO for Dress for Success Pittsburgh @dfspgh an organization that empowers women who are entering or returning to the workforce. #pittsburghwomen #pittsburghprofessional #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #Blue #bluepowerdress ...

0 1
Instagram post 17897173084563714 Blue is definitely one of my faves when it comes to color.  So I‘m making this “blue week”, and showcasing three awesome #Pittsburgh professional women wearing this knock-out color.I’m all about the blue power dress, as I call it.#pittsburghwomen  #pittsburghprofessional
#pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew
#downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #Blue  #bluepowerdress #executives

Blue is definitely one of my faves when it comes to color. So I‘m making this “blue week”, and showcasing three awesome #Pittsburgh professional women wearing this knock-out color. I’m all about the blue power dress, as I call it. #pittsburghwomen #pittsburghprofessional #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #Blue #bluepowerdress #executives ...

0 0
Instagram post 17876550019820836 Something cool for a Monday.#actor  #pittsburghactors
#pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew
#downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #Sunglasses

Something cool for a Monday. #actor #pittsburghactors #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #Sunglasses ...

0 1
Instagram post 17928006091418913 Last one for Doctor Week!  Although this one is not a medical doctor. 😊😉#doctor  #doctorate
#pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew
#downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #Economics

Last one for Doctor Week! Although this one is not a medical doctor. 😊😉 #doctor #doctorate #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #Economics ...

0 0
Instagram post 17912135212472607 Doctor Week continued...
#doctor  #pittsburghdoctors
#pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew
#downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #Physicians

Doctor Week continued... #doctor #pittsburghdoctors #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #Physicians ...

0 0
Instagram post 17890092871621659 A Doctor a day.  Doctor Week#doctor  #pittsburghdoctors
#pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew
#downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #Physicians

A Doctor a day. Doctor Week #doctor #pittsburghdoctors #pittsburghphotographer #pittsburghheadshots #headshots #headshotcrew #downtownpittsburgh #pittsburghcreative #412project #steelcity #capturedpgh #Lovepgh #burghsnap #headshotphotographer #pghcreative #Physicians ...

0 0