Headshots Vs. Portraits

Headshots Vs. Portraits



A headshot is generally a close-­up style shot of head and shoulders that the subject uses for branding, marketing and for identifying themselves in the marketplace. The subject’s expression is approachable and confident and always looking at the camera. The goal is to recognise/identify the subject in person. All on-line social media outlets use profile pics which are headshots and in my business, headshots refer to business headshots and actor headshots.


A portrait is any other kind of picture of a person. The options are almost limitless. Closeups, 3/4 lengths, full body shots, in studio or on location where the setting may be important to the story of the portrait. Expressions can really show any kind of emotion and subject may not even be looking at the camera. Portraits can be of one person or more than one person.  Photographers have great artistic and creative license to capture a subject and tell a story.


These days, I tend to feel that a headshot is just a description of a composition rather than a type of photography in itself. All headshots are portraits, but not all portraits are headshots. At the end of the day, they’re all pictures of a human beings.



People have different roles and different needs and in my experience, most of my clients are looking for both. 

As a business professional, you are looking for ways to connect to your target market. A powerful professional headshot or portrait serves as more than just a visual marketing tool but a creative partner, helping deliver solid results by elevating and expanding your brand’s message and serving to communicate with your target clientele when you’re not there to do it in person.

Hi there! I'm Amanda Waschevski

I AM A HEADSHOT AND PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHER BASED IN IPSWICH, QLD. I help people be themselves in front a camera.

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