In some regards, there are few differences between model headshots and actor headshots, since they are both focused on highlighting the person’s face. Overall, though, the differences can be huge, because model headshots tend to be more artistic and generally make liberal use of lighting, composition, makeup, and angles to truly flatter the subject. Actor’s headshots, on the other hand, are real-life representations of the person’s face and features.

Model headshots are “glamour shots” or “beauty shots,” and are used for marketing purposes in a modeling portfolio. These headshots are usually professional retouched to remove “flaws” and create a photograph that is more aesthetically pleasing. Model headshots tend to be flattering, but they should not be confused with the natural no-makeup headshots intended to showcase a model’s complexion and skin.