The importance of a professional headshot
You are the face of your business and profession, that is why having a professional headshot is essential. It is important to create an individual brand. A selfie just won't cut it if you want to be taken seriously, trust me, I broke down myself this winter to be photographed for my own business. I learned first hand how uncomfortable it is to have your photo taken when the focus is you. You worry about your smile, your bad side, your hair. These are natural emotions that we all have. The good part is that it turns out ok, you live!
So what should you think about when getting your professional headshot?
#1 - Clothing
Be you! If you wear bright colors, wear them. If you like a traditional look, go with that. In the fall & winter scarves and sweaters can add interest to your photos. If you have a favorite red dress or tie, go for it!
#2 - Relax
Take a deep breath and relax. I like to talk to clients a lot while photographing them. If you feel comfortable, it will come through in your photographs. This is much easier than getting dental work so smile and let that personality shine through, it is ok to laugh out loud!
#3 Multiple looks
You want to have multiple looks that you can use for social media or self promotion throughout the year. I always recommend 2-3 outfits so that you have choices. You may want a fun look as well as a more serious look. Think about what you want to convey in your headshot. Are you a creative professional and want to show off your relaxed, fun side? Are you a business professional that wants a great photo for social media and company website?
A headshot has a shelf life of 1-2 years. Always use a photo that is up-to-date, you may like that photo of you when you were 25 but people want to see you now.
You can visit me and view my work at www.loudrockstudio.com
Of course I will include one of my recent branding shots with my fun flaring pants. ;)
Photo credit: Tracy Meisch Photography
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