How do you take a good headshot photo?

Headshot Photography, Headshot Photography FAQ
Relaxed headshot of a female healthcare professional

How do you take a good headshot photo? A headshot photo typically focuses on the face, but may include the head and shoulders or even the upper body.

The reason a headshot focuses on the face is that we’re naturally drawn to a face when we look at a photograph or when we meet someone in the real world.

Imagine you meet someone at an event, you’ll naturally reach out and shake their hand, keeping eye contact as you introduce yourself.

The headshot replicates this process which is why most headshots are taken with the eyes looking into the camera lens.

It’s also worth considering where and how headshots are used

Let’s look at LinkedIn as an example. The space you’re given for your profile picture is pretty small on the desktop version and even smaller on mobile. So if you use a full or half body photograph you’ll hardly be able to see the face. So my recommendation is to keep a headshot focused on the face and shoulders so you can build a connection quickly. 

In the article how do you take a professional headshot I share 5 simple tips to help you create your own headshots.     

In the article I cover…

  • Some basic composition ideas 
  • Capturing an engaging and approachable expression 
  • How to avoid distractions 
  • Using light to enhance your headshot
  • Choosing the right camera and lens along with some low-cost options using your smartphone

There’s a lot to bring together to create an engaging headshot, so I would always recommend working with a professional photographer. If you have the right kit, a basic understanding of lighting and a friend who feels confident with posing and direction, why not give it a go. 

If you’d like to find out more, I’ve written a series of headshot photography FAQs. Clients often ask me these questions, so I hope you find them helpful.    

If you prefer a chat instead, or you’d like to plan a headshot session you can book a complimentary consultation call here. 

Learn more about headshot photography and the other services I offer including business storytelling photography, personal branding photography and corporate event photography.