No matter what kind of industry you are in, everyone can benefit from having an up-to-date professional headshot. We all know how important first impressions are and in today’s digital age a lot of these first impressions are happening online. Whether on LinkedIn or your own personal website it is so important that you are putting your best face forward to attract potential new clients or job opportunities.
A good headshot will help you stand out from the competition. You would be surprised by how many people use a cropped image from a decade ago as their ‘professional headshot’. Your headshot should be current so that people will be able to quickly recognize you from your picture.
A high-quality headshot can help build trust between you and your clients. Not only does it make them take you more seriously, but having a picture with a warm smile allows them to make a positive connection with you. Customers and clients want to get to know YOU, not stock photos from the internet.
Having professional headshots for your company will give you more validity and make you seem more reputable. Also, it is nice to see a real person’s face and show the more human side of your company. We always recommend small and local businesses to get headshots done so can compete with larger companies.
Now that you understand the importance of having a professional headshot, here are some tips to make sure you look your best.
First, think about what you are going to wear. It is important to think about how your clothes are going to look on camera. You want to pick out something that is well-fitted and timeless. A simple blazer or plain button-down shirt will look great now and 5 years from now. Patterns like stripes and florals typically do not show up well on camera so your safest bet is to stick with solid colors. Knowing what colors look good on your skin tone is a plus. If you are doing headshots for your company you might want to consider what everyone else is wearing, so you can all look cohesive.
You should make sure you hire a reputable photographer. There are a lot of photographers out there that will charge you a low rate to get headshots done; however, you will not get the quality you are looking for. A reputable professional photographer knows what lighting, poses, and backgrounds work best for portrait photography.
If you are interested in getting professional headshots done, then contact BDK Photography. Brian is an experienced photographer serving Cleveland and surrounding areas. Check out his online gallery of executive headshots to see his high-quality work.