You Need a Professional Headshot: Here’s Why
The term headshot probably gives you a specific mental image. Maybe you think of the photos of actors and actresses you see on the walls of delis in New York and Los Angeles. Maybe you think of teen stars autographing glossy 8x10s with Sharpie pens… But do you ever “picture” yourself needing a professional headshot?
No matter what your line of work from stay-at-home parent to corporate executive, doctor, lawyer or retailer, a current digital headshot that shows your personality is something you really should have. People will remember your face even if they don’t remember your name… Your image leaves an impression.
Where will you use your headshot?
You are your brand… and you want your brand to be professional, no matter what you do. Using a cut-out from a picture you took with your phone does not do you justice. You deserve a professional shot or that makes a statement on:
- Your Website
- Your business card
- Your e-mail signature
- For your speaking engagements & other publicity opportunities
- Your passport
- Your reunion brochure (!)
- And many, many more places.
Benefits of using a Pro
A professional photographer understands lighting, clarity, focus, composition, color correction and retouching. All of these elements lead a viewer to think, “I’d be happy to do business with this person.” Or, “I’d like to meet this person.” Not, “Yikes, what a crappy picture!”
Here are a few examples of headshots I’ve taken recently in my studio, outside, and on location. You will note that they do not look like a child took them. They do not look like they were taken in a photobooth at a carnival. In fact, when you look at them you see a person, not a photograph at all… That’s what you get from a pro!
So, take a look at your profile picture today. Does it look professional? Is it current? Does it represent you? Do you appear professional, confident, and competent? If you’re not sure, let’s talk. In one short sitting you’ll end up with a variety of images that you will be happy to use everywhere… professional images that show you as the professional you are.