Portrait vs. Landscape Headshots

A question that many people ask themselves when booking an appointment for a professional headshot is whether or not their headshots should be in portrait or landscape orientation. In years past, the majority of headshots were shot in portrait orientation (vertical), but recently, landscape orientation (horizontal) has become increasingly popular. Both have their advantages, but it all depends on what you’re looking for when it comes to your headshots.

Portrait Orientation (Vertical)Portrait vs. Landscape Headshots

Portrait orientation is the traditional choice for professional headshots. It’s excellent at keeping the focus on the subject (you) while also incorporating more of your outfit and style. Vertical headshots are great for profile pictures on sites such as LinkedIn, or for individual employee portraits that appear on your website. Most professionals, such as lawyers or CEOs, tend to use portrait orientation over horizonal orientation, although this isn’t always the case.

Landscape Orientation (Horizontal)

Just because portrait orientation is the more traditional choice doesn’t mean that’s how you should always shoot your headshots. Our eyes take in a wider field of view, so having a horizontal headshot will allow viewers to absorb more information than they would with a vertical headshot. Landscape orientation also provides a more cinematic style that can greatly benefit actors, as well as professionals hoping to improve their brand as an off-center headshot can be used for future graphics or ads on your website.

At the end of the day, the orientation you choose will depend on how you plan to use your headshot as well as your own personal preferences. However, if you’re still unsure as to which style is best for you, then feel free to contact New York Headshot Photographer to see how we can help.