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How much of your body is in a headshot?

Headshot Photography, Headshot Photography FAQ
Warm and relaxed headshot of a male business owner wearing a blue suit and open neck white shirt

How much of your body is in a headshot? When you’re photographing a headshot it’s worth taking a few moments to remember the purpose of a headshot. 

In the article “what is headshot photography” we look at this in more detail and explore five components of a great headshot. 

  • Composition (cropping)
  • The background
  • Eye contact 
  • Expression 
  • Personality 

Let’s take a quick look at composition and specifically how much of your body is in a headshot. 

Traditionally a headshot is a business photograph that focuses on the head and shoulders only. Some photographers have developed a style that crops in even tighter and they only focus on the face, but it’s more common to include the shoulders too. This gives the image great balance and it’s not quite so close up!

The purpose of a great headshot is to create an image that reflects how you look now and allows people to recognise you quickly. By cropping into the head and shoulders, you maximise the amount of space your face occupies in the image. This creates a more powerful image and also makes it more engaging and memorable. 

Once we’ve decided on the composition we can start to concentrate on the subtleties of body position, expression, eye contact and personality. These additional elements all contribute to the connection, confidence, warmth and engagement a headshot delivers. 

And this is where a professional photographer can really help you elevate a headshot from a good image, to a great image. 

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.