Our staff gets asked all the time what the benefits are of getting a professional headshot taken. So we thought we’d put all our advice into a blog post to make it easy.
First of all it presents a professional appearance, and we all know how important first impressions are and the significance of making it count.
You need to stand out from the crowd, you need to be different, you need to be professional and a selfie is not the image that you want to present as your first impression to any potential clients! You need to present yourself and your business as professional, important and progressive.
It will be used everywhere, especially on the web.
A few Examples:
- On ALL of your social media
- On your website
- On your Linkedin profile
- On your email header and/or signature
- For your avatar on the web
- Websites of organization that you are involved with
- On the dust jacket of your first novel
- Your obituary ☺
Why pay when I can get my friend to shoot me with their phone?
Remember, you will always get what you pay for so don’t go cheap at this point in your career. It certainly will cost more than a selfie or having you friend take a few snaps with their phone; but hey, come on, do something that will scream “LOOK AT ME, I’M A PROFESSIONAL!” Have your headshot taken professionally because the investment will generate more than you will spend.
A current headshot will always keep you up to date.
As styles like hair, makeup and clothing change, it is a good idea to keep your headshot current every couple of years. Old headshots make you look dated. When potential clients come to your website or view your social media posts they look for up-to-date posts and photos, so grab their attention with a current headshot.