Why I Recommend Having Extra Cropping Room In Portraits
A business portrait can be a closely cropped standard head and shoulders headshot if it is specifically needed that way, but for the best versatility specially with all the different cropping variations for social media and web page formats, I usually recommend shooting in a looser, pulled back framing as you’ve seen on many examples in the portfolio.
High resolution allows for flexibility in cropping for all possible needs, as in social media headers where the horizontal format can be very narrow, or for many other standard profile images where the format is square or round.
Along with the master full size selected images, normally I also include lower resolution web versions that are easier to transfer and handle or sized and cropped for specific uses.
The Value of a Great Portrait
The link between facial features and character may be tenuous at best, but that doesn’t stop our minds from sizing other people up at a glance. We decide very quickly whether a person possesses many of the traits we feel are important, such as likeability and competence, even though we have not exchanged a single word with them. It appears that we are hard-wired to draw these inferences in a fast, unreflective way.
– Alex Todorov, Princeton University – from his research on first impressions