Wikipedia defines portrait photography or portraiture, as a photograph of a person or group of people that capture the personality of that subject, by using effective lighting, backdrops, and poses.
A portrait should be artistic and is frequently commissioned for special occasions, such as weddings or to serve as a memento of a relationship. Portraits can also serve many other purposes, such as on a web site or to display in the lobby of a business.
Wikipedia defines a headshot as a modern portrait where the focus is solely on the person. The term is usually applied to professional profile images on social media like Linked In, the “about us page” on a corporate website and pictures used for promotional purposes.
A headshot is just that and includes the person’s face and perhaps shoulders. Head shots can even be a smartphone selfie . . . It identifies the person, but doesn’t tell you anything about them.
To summarize . . . the main difference between a headshot and a portrait is that a head shot identifies someone while a portrait tells you something about them.
PhotoRichard can help develop the image and style you may need or want.
Portraiture and headshots involve people . . . and so does Boudoir.
Boudoir photography is a photographic style featuring intimate or romantic images of its subjects in a photographic studio or other environment.
It typically features subjects who do not regularly model and produces images that are not intended to be seen by a wide audience. I can provide more information about this facet of photography.
I’d love to discuss your Portraiture & Head Shot requirements; please get in touch.