We all heard that saying “never judge a book by it’s cover”, but in reality, we are all judged and perceived by the way that we look. More particularly when it comes to professional situations such as job interviews, making connections, and networking; we want to make a good first impression the first time around.
This is why it is extremely important to have or always appear professional, both in-person and online. Sadly, we have the professionalism in-person down pack, but when it comes to our online platforms, we tend to forget to show our professionalism. As I’ve started in the business of blogging, and looking out to others for advice: the only thing they told me is to always have your profile picture as a head shot (something that shows your entire face, and you are fully clothed), it catches people attention more than you know.
Instead of trying to take your head shot yourself, it doesn’t hurt to hire a professional to take one for you rather you have a business, looking for a job, or just using it as marketing tool…this is an essential part of your brand.
3 REASONS WHY YOU NEED A PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOT
- IT’S AN INTRODUCTION
It’s your first impression on people that are meeting you online for the first time. Social media platforms especially LinkedlIn, Twitter, and Instagram that have become hunting grounds for recruiters and where you are able to connect with new people throughout the world. This will be just like any of experience where you search someone, and you see their profile picture…that right there is what you base that person off of.
So before even considering your headshots and how you want them to look, consider these two questions:
- What kind of impression does my headshot give?
- How does this headshot represent my brand that I’m building?
2. IT TELLS A STORY, AND IT’S IMPORTANT TO HAVE
Believe it or not, your headshots are the perfect opportunity to tell your story and allow your personality and expertise to shine through. And plus, your avatar (profile picture) is the first thing that people see on your profile or you never know when your employer will request a headshot for their website, or blog. Having one ready at a moment’s notice shows you think ahead and represent who you are and your personality.
3. YOU WILL STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD.
It makes you feel good to look your best. Having a quality image of yourself to share with your professional peers helps boost your confidence, and it could even help you share more of yourself with others that are in the more professional realm of things.
HOW TO PREPARE EFFECTIVELY FOR YOUR HEADSHOTS?
You should ask yourself these two questions…
- What should you wear?
- How can you prepare?
Because doing a headshot session is very important, and you want to make sure everything is up to standards so that the camera will not capture it. Regardless if you think your photographer can edit well or not, you want to make sure that you don’t have too many mishaps that they will have to fix. So here’s a few tips to help you get prepared:
- Clothes. This is something that should be thought about for weeks; and this is what brings your pictures to life. Your shirt is the most important thing during your session (where you can focus on different range of shirts, but you could bring a pair of two pants if you would like to incorporate that in one or two shots. You differently want to avoid where colorful patterns, and shirts with logos (unless you are branding your company with these shots).
- Skin. I recommend drinking plenty of water weeks leading up to the shoot so that your skin can be clear and smooth. Try to eat more healthier foods, and avoid foods that may cause breakouts, water retention, and bloating. Of course make sure you get plenty of sleep, and use a skin care product like face mask or oils, days before the session (just to make sure you don’t breakout).
- Hair/Facial Hair. For both male and female, you need to make sure that your hair is groomed well. For women: choose a hairstyle one/two weeks in advance to make sure that your hair fits what type of style you want to go with. Also make sure that your eyebrows are even, pluck, and up to standards for the picture. Male: You want to make sure your facial hair is trimmed and groomed well. If you have a beard, the hair should be combed, and clean well.
- Makeup. Your hair should be well placed, and not too overly colorful. It should feel fitting to the look that you are trying to go for and you should feel like your makeup is not doing too much. I say go for a natural look.
- Nails. Of course your nails may end up in some of your photos, so you want to make sure that you have them freshly polished, and a natural color where do they do not take the attention away from your photo.
- Communicate. Make sure that you have being communicating with your photographer before the session. You should not feel like your photographer does not care about you, of course…but your questions should be answered fully. On the day of your photoshoot, make sure you have an open line of communication with your client in case things may need to change. Also, make sure you have some photos of what you want to come from your session ready for your photography to see.
- Don’t Rush before the Shoot. Sometimes preparing for something major like a photoshoot can be stressful, and you want to make sure you prepare accurately. Make sure you GPS your location a couple of days before or the night before, give yourself at least a two hour time frame before your session to start to unwind, and you don’t want to feel like you are not in a rush the entire time.
- Know What You Want. Modeling for a photoshoot can be challenging especially when you don’t know what you want. Practice different poses in the pictures that you may like from searching Pinterest or the web. it helps the shoot goes faster, and allows you to get all the time you paid for.