Can Headshots Be Horizontal

It’s a question sometimes asked by actors, executives, models, musicians and other people in need of a headshot. The very quick answer is, sure. Of course, a headshot can be horizontal. There is no law stating otherwise. Some industries might have norms and some institutions might have requirements for a headshot’s orientation. So, it’s best to check before submitting. The better answer overall is your primary headshots should not be horizontal.

Why Can Headshots Be Landscape or Not

A primary reason you get a headshot is to put the focus on you – your face and body. Humans are mostly vertical; thus, your headshot should match. Part of the reason is you want to fill the frame of a photo with you, not empty space or other backgrounds that take away from the focus on you.

Most corporate executives need just one headshot and it should usually be vertical – an 8×10” format, to be more specific. However, if you’re in an industry where you use multiple headshots – actors, models, real estate, etc. – you should consider employing “The Overlap Portfolio Technique.”

The Overlap Portfolio Technique

It sounds complicated but, it’s actually simple. In The Overlap Portfolio Technique, you employ a mix of vertical and horizontal shots. The vertical shots you have done should be close-up shots that feature you. These are your primary headshots for submitting for career-oriented requirements. Generally speaking, because horizontal headshots will show more background, these headshots can use a strategy for the background.

The Overlap Portfolio

“The Overlap Portfolio Technique” is When You Uses a Mix of Vertical and Horizontal Headshots

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The Benefits of Getting Corporate Headshots

These days we are constantly faced with images. Be it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn or in our commutes (billboards, subway advertisements, bus advertisements, etc.). This is not by mistake. It is well understood that we are visual learners first. Imagery is easier and faster to digest. A picture truly is worth a thousand words. So, what does all of this have to do with getting professional headshots?

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A Doctor is Just One of Many Professionals That Can Benefit from What Headshots Can Offer

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7 Tips for Getting the Best Headshots

There are a lot of tips – 7 in this post – that can be offered for getting good headshots. There are also so many proven reasons why everyone in business – whether corporate business or show business – must have a professional headshot. So, what can you do to be sure to get the best headshots? Let’s get into the first tip.

I’ve put together a 5-minute video you can watch instead of reading this or read on.

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Video Version: 3 Reasons Why You Need Professional Headshots

So, you’re considering getting professional headshots done – it might be why you’re about to watch this video. You’re correct to think about getting good professional headshots. Almost any type of career can benefit from it and data shows professional headshots matter…

The Top 3 Reasons to Get a Professional Headshot

You have probably arrived here because you are pondering getting professional headshots done. There are so many types of people that can benefit from one. In fact, it is hard to think of a profession where a good headshot would not be of some benefit.

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There Are Many Reasons to Get Professional Headshots for Practically Any Career Beyond Acting

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