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The Portrait Photographer’s Guide:

Pro Tips and Insights

To Show or Not to Show: Can Your Headshot Show More Than Just Your Face?

by | Actor Headshots, Headshot Tips, Personal Branding and Business Headshots

We live in a digital age where our images often make the first impression before we do. While scrolling through LinkedIn or any professional network, you will find one common denominator – headshots. And most of them are just that, shots of people’s heads. Now, there is a reason for that. And that’s what we are going to dive into today.

Professional headshot of a software developer in Chandler, AZ. A beautiful blond woman with a soft smile, wearing a black top on a black background, differentiated by high-quality lighting.

As a professional portrait photographer, one of the most common queries I encounter is, “Can a headshot be full body?” The answer is a resounding yes. However, it’s not a one-size-fits-all situation, and context matters.

Profiles and Close-Ups – Making Sense on LinkedIn

In the universe of LinkedIn, where the real estate is indeed quite tiny, a close-up headshot fits the bill. It focuses on your face, highlighting your expressions and allowing instant recognition. As such, I advise against using a full-body shot on LinkedIn – the image is simply too small to make an impact, and it just doesn’t make sense.

When More is More – The Full-Body Perspective

Moving beyond LinkedIn and similar platforms, the concept of ‘headshots’ can be more flexible. Considering an actor’s portfolio or a dating app profile? Full-body shots can work wonders here!Gilbert, AZ business owner posing for a corporate headshot. A playful half-body portrait of him thinking with one finger on his lip, sitting at a table.

Even for your personal branding or website, a half or full-body shot can add extra dimensions. Imagine a half-body portrait with you engagingly posed at your workspace or desk. It paints a broader picture of your persona and style, going beyond just your facial features.

Full-Body Portraits – The Game-Changer


Full-body shots add a layer of personality and context that close-ups might miss. They can depict your style, environment, and even hint at your lifestyle or profession. However, it’s crucial to find a photographer who can differentiate between an editorial portrait, an actor’s portfolio, or a photo for a dating app.

The Perfect Fit – Choosing What Works for You

In summary, the choice between a close-up headshot or a full-body one really boils down to your specific needs. LinkedIn profile? Keep it close and personal. Your personal or business website? A full or half-body shot could bring more character. Actor’s portfolio or dating app profile? Go for the full picture!

Whether it’s a close-up or full-body, your headshot should echo your personality and style. As a professional specializing in corporate and business headshots, I ensure your essence shines through, irrespective of the frame. Remember, as we say in French, “The details make perfection, and perfection is not a detail.”



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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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