When prospective clients or headhunters are looking you up online they aren’t just looking at what you do, they are also taking a look at who you are. The way that you show yourself to other people online is proven by research to be a big factor in whether they contact you, buy from you, or offer you something. If you own your own business it can be especially competitive and getting ahead in your industry with something that seems subtle, like a good business headshot, can be the difference.
Your headshot can say a lot about you as a person and as a professional. Someone who took a quick selfie will not look nearly as good as a person who hired a professional photographer. Someone who cropped or photoshopped other people out of the frame or has a grainy or pixelated headshot isn’t going to look as good as a person who uses a high resolution shot that’s well lit. Getting ahead in your industry can mean knowing the best ways of getting a professional headshot done. Here are some tips on how:
Hire a Professional
You may be concerned about the potential expense of getting good business headshots but it’s not that pricey and the cost is worth the professional shot your recieve. Besides, unless your look significantly changed, you only need a new business headshot every 1-2 years or later.
Skip the Selfie
It’s entirely reasonable to think that a selfie could suffice if you are wary of hiring a professional. Or perhaps just using an avatar instead of getting a good shot done. However, you want to convey professionalism and that can’t always be done with a selfie and really not at all with an avatar. This isn’t AOL and it’s not the 90s, people want to know what you look like! Besides, surveys show that most hiring professionals will not consider candidates that have a selfie for any online resume.
Keep it Simple
It’s best to opt for a shade of gray background or another neural color. For your main headshot, you don’t want the things that are surrounding you to take away from center stage. If you prefer to take your photo in an office setting or have it taken at your desk, be sure that your are in focus and the background is not. These types of lifestyle shots can be good additions to a traditional photo.
No Flashy Clothes
You should carefully consider the wardrobe you plan to use for the photoshoot. Depending on what industry you are in it may be better to have a clean, simple and professional look. Having an outfit that is timeless can be useful so that you don’t have to redo your headshot too often.
Consider Your Look in Advance
Take the time to think about how you want to look during the day of your headshots. Do you normally wear makeup and how much? Do you not? This can be important because you don’t want to do makeup the day of if you aren’t experienced. This is also why many people consider getting a hair and makeup artist. You could end up looking worse for wear if you choose a color of foundation or eyeshadow that doesn’t do you any favors.
Head, Shoulder (Knees and Toes?)
A simple head and shoulders shot should do the trick for your photo. You don’t have to do a full body shot unless its specific to the style or industry you want to capture it for.
If you are interested in getting some good business headshots taken, you can depend on Headshots by The Light Committee. You can schedule a session at the DTLA studio or have Rafael, the photographer, come to your office for department-wide headshots. To make an appointment or discuss your needs please call or text (818) 300-9434