Think of professional headshots as your first impression. Whether you're applying for a new job, joining a new team, or updating a resume or LinkedIn profile picture, a professional headshot speaks volumes. A quality headshot conveys professionalism and provides people an idea of who you are before meeting face to face, setting you apart from the crowd. A professional headshot elevates your candidate profile. In a sea of candidates, your headshot may be the deciding factor of who is chosen for the job.
As a business, displaying employee headshots on your website conveys employee recognition, organization, and approachability. This can add a competitive advantage over other businesses when potential clients or candidates are choosing who they want to work with.
A professional headshot will set you up for success, and with the new year approaching quickly, it may be time to think about booking a session. Here are my top tips for the perfect headshot below.
Hire The Right Photographer:
Finding the right photographer who can make you feel comfortable is key. Looking and feeling natural in your headshot is essential. Chat with the photographer beforehand and get to know them better! It will leave you feeling relaxed as you head to the photoshoot. Having a photographer that you can have a good time with during the shoot will ease nerves and result in some amazing headshots.
Choose The Right Clothing:
When choosing your outfit, it's important to know what types of clothing will photograph best. Solid and neutral colors are excellent options. I recommend staying away from printed tops like stripes, florals, and animal print, as they can clash with the backdrop and can make the photo too busy. Professional clothing such as suits, blouses, blazers, are business staples that you can always rely on.
Tell Your Story:
Inform your photographer about why you want professional headshots. Share your professional status. Whether you want new headshots for job applications or for your business, this will guide your photographer in the right direction. Providing information about your office setting and your ideal vision allows them to take the right headshot for you!
Incorporate Branding Elements:
If your headshots are for your business website, think about incorporating branded elements. Asking employees to wear company colors or matching uniforms is a great way to unify the shots, and you can even include your logo on the backdrop! Branding elements will help others recognize your company, creating cohesiveness and uniqueness for your specific brand.
Organize A Company-Wide Photo Day:
Encourage your employees to get their headshots done with a photoshoot day! It can be difficult for employees to find time to get their own headshots done, so organizing a company day can save time. It's also a way for everyone to have unified headshots! Hire a photographer to come to the office for the day, coordinate the shoots by department, or have people drop in during a break! It's a convenient way for everyone to get an updated headshot, and your business will benefit, too.
Professional headshots can propel you into your next career, grow your confidence, and help you network with those in your industry. If you're looking for a new headshot, contact me today to set up a shoot. Kick off the new year with a new headshot! You can book a session with me here.
As a New Year's treat, I am excited to announce I will be giving away a free headshot session. Enter by completing the form below. Winner will be announced on January 15. Good luck!