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Why Update Your Headshot?

You might be thinking that a new headshot is a once-a-decade thing to get. Well, if it’s for a driver’s license, perhaps so. But, remember that the point of a headshot is to market yourself. Therefore, it must represent who you are and how you’re marketing yourself. So, depending on your career goals, this might mean new headshots as often as each six months to around each couple of years. So, why update your headshot that often?

Corporate Headshots

If you’re in the market for corporate headshots in Los Angeles, you might get away with not needing new headshots until a couple of years or so. But this isn’t always the case. If you change your look, you might need it sooner.

What look changes might call for a new headshot? Did you change your hair style? This could be new facial hair or removal of facial hair. It could mean a new hair color too, not just shortening or growing out hair. Did you change your personal style – the type of clothes you wear, etc? Have you gotten prescription glasses? Have you lost or gained noticeable weight? Do you have a new scar or get rid of one?

It could also be just that your existing headshot is growing stale – is it the same one people have come across for too many years. Outside of the changes above, in some professions you can get away with not having a new headshot for 2-3 years. But some other professions might be better off having new headshots more often, particularly in those that are very people-facing.

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A Good Corporate Headshot Can Be the Inviting Difference to Attracting New Customers

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What’s the Difference Between Business Headshots and Portraits?

Some will tell you that a headshot is specifically a photo of just your face, probably tightly cropped from the shoulders up. Sure, it can be this and also much more. As for a portrait, some will also tell you that a portrait is basically any other type of photo of you. Also true. For sure, the lines between the two have blurred. But, the one thing that is different between the two is that business headshots are used for marketing purposes whereas a portrait is not – or at least it usually should not be. 

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Who Needs a Headshot?

So, you’re wondering if you need a headshot? It’s very likely that you do. It’s harder to make the case to not get one than it is to get a professional headshot. There are many scientific, traditional, and modern reasons why.

Let’s throw some scientific points at you. Content with visuals get 94 percent more views. And, 40 percent of people respond to visual information better than they do to plain text. And, LinkedIn profiles with photos get 21 times more views and 36 times more messages. And, I could do this all day, but you get the point. So, if it’s obvious that a headshot to accompany any text – your bio, resume, profile, etc. – is very important, then who are some of the people it’s important for?

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For Actors, Models and Others In Entertainment, Their Headshot is Like Their Resume

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Where to Take Headshot Photos

Sometimes, deciding on a setting or location for where you want your professional headshots in Los Angeles can be difficult to decide. There might be certain considerations if you need actor headshots, corporate headshots, model headshots, etc. So, what might you need to consider?

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How to Get the Best Model Headshots – A Video Version

The following video is inspired by two articles Headshots by The Light Committee had published on Model Mayhem focused on helping models ensure they get the best headshots to help their careers. The first article was titled “How to Find the Best Modeling Headshot Photographer.” The second article was titled “How to Get the Best Model Headshots for Your Career.”

How To Get the Best Model Headshots

This video version makes for a condensed view of both articles. So, if you’re press for time, see the video. If you want the full details, be sure to read both articles on Model Mayhem.

Get The Best Model Headshots for Your Career

If you are in the market for headshots in Los Angeles, there are countless photographers you can find on Google, Yelp, etc. It makes it very difficult to find a headshot photographer you like and to also vet photographers.

There are countless things to consider when searching for headshot photographers in Los Angeles. What are their rates? Do they have a studio? How good is their work? Can they do studio lighting and natural lighting? Do they have good reviews? And so on.

With these articles and videos, Headshots by The Light Committee hopes to provide useful and actionable information to be sure any model out there gets good headshots for a modeling career.

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