Probably most guys are more comfortable (and accurate)using a shotgun over a handgun any day. Reason is most use both shotguns and rifles throughout the fall while in many areas handguns aren't popular or even permitted as hunting tools. As to which is more effective, I'll take the 12 ga slug over most handgun chamberings but theres nothing like the firepower of those 5 or 6 rounds in a revolver or a dozen or more rounds in a pistol.
Everyone has different ideas about trophy pictures. Looks around and you will see "long armers," "set behinders," "big cheesers," and "blood covered brutes." I have a few tips to keep your trophy pictures from being laughers or worse yet just plain gross.
#1 Clean it up. Try to avoid bullet holes, gut pile, mass amounts of blood, and the tongue sticking out. You don't want your big buck to look like a angry 1st grader with his tongue out or a MMA fighter during the 3 round.
#2 Long arming...