I laughed out loud (in actual fact) when first hearing about "virtual headshots". After 30 years of taking headshots in photo studios, now someone was going to tell me that headshots can be taken on-line through some new app?!
But then I tried it. ... And damn. It works. It really works. Wow. But it's not an app that just does it all by itself, without a good photographer involved. Here's how it works.
First, the headshots are not "screen grabs" that are subject to Internet connection issues, as I originally assumed. I could imagine the photographer (me) looking at someone's blurry feed on Zoom and taking a snap of that. But, no. That's not how it works. Instead, the photographer controls your camera. The pictures are taken on your own camera, and then uploaded into the cloud after the shoot. Then the photographer downloads the images and edits them appropriately to create the headshots.
The true magic is done first, when the photographer works with you to elicit the right expressions and "looks" from you. Let's face it, an app can't do that -- even most photographers can't do that. And then further magic is done when the photographer creates the headshots from the raw photographs. Again, this is an art, not a science, and many photographers are clueless.
Examples? OK, the headshots below were all taken by me virtually.
Whether you are looking for commercial headshots or theatrical (legit) headshots, going virtual is worth trying!