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The Portrait Photographer’s Guide:

Pro Tips and Insights

How Many Headshots Do You Really Need? Find Out Now!

by | Photography Advice

You’re in need of a new headshot, and as you browse through photographer websites, a lingering question haunts you – “Just how many photos do I need for my headshot?” Fret not, my photogenic friends! In this blog post, we’ll dive into the world of headshots and figure out the magic number that’ll have you looking like a superstar!

Collage of 8 diverse photos featuring Kyle, including 2 headshots on a medium grey background, 1 headshot on a white background, 1 headshot on a black background, a half-body portrait with arms crossed, a full-body portrait sitting in an armchair, and a comical portrait at a table pretending to think. Showcasing a wide array of expressions and styles

The Multipurpose Headshot Approach

Some people swear by the one-headshot-to-rule-them-all approach. A single, versatile photo that can be used for your LinkedIn, email, website bio, and even your Tinder profile (just kidding…or are we? 😉). While there’s nothing wrong with this, it’s essential to ensure that the one headshot you choose is truly top-notch and can work its magic across multiple platforms. A neutral expression with a classic background should do the trick.

Variety is the Spice of Life

On the flip side, variety can be your best friend when it comes to headshots. Why limit yourself to just one expression or pose when you can have a smorgasbord of options? With multiple headshots, you can tailor your image to specific platforms or purposes. A casual, fun shot for social media, a poised and professional one for LinkedIn, and maybe even a more artistic, edgy one for your personal website.

Change is Good

You know what they say – change is the only constant! And as much as we might deny it, our looks can change over time (hello, quarantine haircuts 💇‍♀️). Having a few headshots taken at different times can help you keep your online presence up-to-date and show off different aspects of your personality. So, don’t be afraid to get those headshots updated every year or so, especially if you’ve undergone a style transformation or started a new chapter in your life.

All About the Industry

In certain industries, the number of headshots required can be more specific. For instance, actors and models often need multiple shots to showcase their range and versatility. In such cases, it’s essential to have a variety of expressions, poses, and even wardrobe changes to demonstrate your ability to slip into different characters or styles seamlessly.

The Magic Number

Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for – the magic number of headshots! Drumroll, please…  There isn’t one! That’s right; the number of headshots you need depends on your unique situation, industry, and personal preferences. But, if you’re looking for a ballpark figure, having 2-4 headshots in your arsenal should cover most bases.


So there you have it, folks! When it comes to headshots, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. Consider your personal needs, industry standards, and desire for variety, and you’ll be well on your way to creating a collection of headshots that’ll make you the envy of your peers. And when you’re ready to strike a pose, you know where to find us – Headshots by Marie, capturing your best side one click at a time!



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High school senior girl with a bob haircut, wearing a light purple and gold dress, posing with her hand on her chest at Marie Feutrier's professional portrait studio in Gilbert, AZ, for her glamor senior photo.
 Marie Feutrier, a French transplant in Gilbert, AZ, masterfully captures personalities through her lens. With an accent as charming as her photos, she doesn’t just take your picture, she tells your story, one click at a time.

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