Why You Should Invest in Professional Headshots

Why You Should Invest in Professional Headshots

Taking selfies may seem like a fast and easy way to get an acceptable profile picture for your personal online profile, but when it comes to your career you should alter your approach and consider professional headshots. It is universally known that a first impression leaves a lasting impression; this is why you want to make it a good one. Appearing professional in everyday life is important, but maintaining the same level of professionalism online is equally important.

Think About Your Future

HS-3Whether or not you decide to invest in that one great digital headshot could make or break an opportunity. If an employer views your profile and sees a professional headshot, they are likely to presume you are invested and serious about your future. This could prompt them to contact you for an interview, and if all goes well lead to an employment offer. If you are looking to expand your career but you have a photograph that you or a friend took as your default, this will not send the right message. Although we may want to believe people will not judge us by our appearance, this is not a realistic ideal to live by. When placed in a professional environment, an employer will choose the individual who takes pride in how they present themselves. Especially due to the likelihood that those placed in higher roles will be meeting with clients face to face.

Choosing the Right Photographer

Just having a “professional” headshot is not enough; it should also be a representation of your character. Doing a little research on the photographer you would like to work with is always a great idea. This will allow you to get a feel for their style, and decide whether they are the right fit for you. The best headshots are those taken by photographers who have the skill to portray an individual as approachable and friendly, but also set a professional tone. A distracting background is a perfect example of an unacceptable professional headshot. Your photos should showcase you, and not the background. A less distracting backdrop or background always works best, if possible opt for a solid background. The focus of a headshot should always be on the subject. With this small piece of advice, you are likely to have a greater chance of being noticed by the right person.



Here is a perfect example of the focus

strictly on the subject, through the use

of a solid white background.



It is vital that you prepare well in advance for the session. Aim to get sufficient rest on the night before the shoot, as well as a few days prior. Try to maintain the healthiest diet you can, and all of this will help you to look and feel your best. You may even want to consider hiring a professional hair and makeup artist for the day. There are some photographers who may bundle all of this into a package deal for you. When deciding on clothing, opt for simplicity. Avoid patterns that are likely to distract the viewer from your face, since this will be the focus. You should also avoid white if possible, as this is likely to wash out your skin tone and add a couple pounds if you are concerned about your weight. A top that is flattering to your neckline is best and usually depends on the color and length of your hair. If you are wondering when it is time to update your headshots a good indicator is when you begin to notice significant changes in your appearance. Another good rule of thumb is to update your headshot every year or two.

Making the Investment

If you are considering investing in professional headshots, you are moving in the right direction for your future. People from all HS-1different backgrounds are reaping the benefits from this small investment. Even those considering online dating may benefit from this service. A few fields that should take advantage of a professional headshot are: actors, models, musicians, performers, corporate executives, real estate agents, lawyers and doctors. More careers could definitely be added to this list, but the bottom line is that you really cannot go wrong by taking the next step and investing in your future. It is the absolute best way to ensure that you are portraying your true professional image to possible clients or employers.

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