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Headshot Sizes & Dimensions: What’s the Best Crop Ratio?

May 19, 2022 by

In this guide, we’ll be discussing everything you need to know about headshot sizes and dimensions

We’ll be covering the following topics (click on a bullet point to jump to that section):

Table of Contents

What Size are Headshot Photos?

In general, the best size for headshot photos are 8″ x 10″ (width x height).

Additionally, if you want to print your headshot photos, you will need high-resolution images (at least 300 dpi).

At this size, your images need to be high resolution (300 dpi minimum) and ideally at least 10 megapixels.

But the ideal size should also vary based on what you are intending to use your headshot photo for.

For example, headshot photos can be used for:

  • Websites
  • LinkedIn pages
  • Tweets
  • Resumes
  • Business cards
  • Advertisements
  • Portfolios
  • etc.

With that being said, we’ll also be diving into more specific use cases and the recommended sizes.

8x10 headshot
8 x 10

What Aspect Ratios are Headshots?

Headshot photos should have an aspect ratio of 4:5 because headshots are commonly printed to be 8″ x 10″.

What Should the Distance from Your Eye to the Viewer Be?

In general, you want to have your eyes lined up with the middle of the lens on the camera.

This will ensure that you are looking at the camera, not above or below it.

Now this is just a general guideline; there’s no hard and fast rule for how far your face should be from the lens.

Best Headshot Size for Actors

For actors the best size is 8″ x 10.”

In fact, I also highly recommend choosing a larger size such as 11″ x 14,” 16″ x 20,” 18″x 24,” or 20″ x 30.”

This is because you will need room to crop your headshot photo if an agent wants a specific shot.

Additionally, casting directors are looking to see your entire face. And certain agents may want to use a close up of your headshot photo.

Headshots are meant to be flattering, but you do not want to seem dishonest by only displaying the best parts of your face.

By having more room for cropping down into different sizes, you can better fit the needs of the person reviewing your photos.

Best Headshot Size for Business Professionals

You can also print this headshot photo on an 8″ x 10″ sheet of paper (or any size larger), but it’s not necessary unless you plan on displaying your headshot photo in a portfolio.

Best Headshot Size for Children & Teens

The best size for children and teens is 5″ x 7.”

This will give you a more clear view of your child’s face, but it will also allow you to print larger versions if they want to decorate their room with the image.

Additionally, a slightly larger size will help you crop out any unwanted background, such as an undesirable location or item.

If a child has a very unusual head shape then I would recommend going up to 8″ x 10.”

For family photos including children, parents and pets I recommend going with an 11″ x 14.”

This will allow you to include everyone in the photo without having too much empty space around them.

But this is only if everyone in the photo is willing to fit in the frame together. Otherwise, I recommend going with 5″ x 7’s to make it easier for you and your family members.

family photo size

To further explore the subject of headshot sizes and aspect ratio, we also recommend this video by Matt Spaugh:

Best Headshot Size for Facebook Profile Photo

If you are going to display your headshot on Facebook, keep in mind the pixels for your profile photo display at 170 x 170 pixels on computers and 128 x 128 pixels on smartphones.

Best Headshot Size for Instagram Profile Photo

If you are going to display your headshot on Instagram, you should have a picture at least 110 x 110 pixels.

Final Remarks

We hope you enjoyed this guide on headshot sizes and dimensions.

This guide is also a part of our Headshot Photography Hub, so be sure to check that out for further headshot photography tips and insights.