In corporate industry headshots are used for marketing and PR purposes including their website, annual report, linked and Facebook. Other uses are for press releases, articles in the magazines or national newspapers and book covers. Clients, shareholders and people like to know who are the people that run the business and who they are if they contact them. Corporate headshots are usually in colour with and dressed their corporate wardrobe. Depending on the usage, corporate headshots are against white or black background with studio lighting or an outdoor background either shot outside or photoshopped into the photograph.
Professional Headshots are used to apply for employment by uploading their headshots to online job websites on their CV or profile.
In the entertainment industry headshots are used by the actors, singers, dancers and musicians for castings and auditions. They get an agent who finds castings for them. The agent will send the actors headshots to a casting agent/director for their review and selection.
In the fashion industry, headshots are used by models to put into their modelling portfolio or their comp cards. Modelling headshot shows off their face and allow the viewer to look at their skin and features much better.