Your Professonal First Impression

How a Good Head Shot Can Help You Get Ahead

Whether you’re a college graduate looking to apply for your first job or a business owner looking to update your LinkedIn profile, a strong head shot is just as crucial to your career as a resume is.

The Best Outfit That Represents You

"Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” Alexander Graham Bell

 

This definitely applies to your professional head shot appointment. Below are some important tips that will help you prepare prior to your appointment. It is always best to have everything ready a day or two prior so you aren’t rushing around on the day of your appointment.

Why You Shouldn’t Pick Your Own Professional Headshot

You are the least qualified person to select your professional headshot.

 

It might sound ridiculous, but really, trust us.  Let your friends, family and co-workers do it for you.

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How a good headshot can help you get ahead.

We Do Judge Books By Their Covers


Like it or not, first impressions matter. We all make snap-judgements based on what we see, and a photo from a family picnic or your best friend's wedding only shows employers that you know how to have fun. A casual photo from your Facebook page that you cropped your friends out of doesn't demonstrate anything about your professionalism or character, and when an employer can see alcohol or offensive behaviors in the background, it shows them a negative side of you that you wouldn't want them to see. A good headshot eliminates outside social factors that companies can judge you on and instead provides them with a professional snapshot of who you are. If two candidates have the same qualifications, sometimes a headshot is also used to determine who seems more professional and committed.




It Shows You’re Invested


Let’s face it. Headshots are an investment much like a career is. They’re well worth their cost, however, because a good headshot really shows that you care about the impression you make both before you get the job and after. Is a candidate who couldn’t take the time to get a professional headshot really going to go the extra mile at work? Are they really going to stand out as professional and trustworthy to partners and clients? Probably not. Taking the time to have a professional headshot done showcases your commitment, your professionalism, and your willingness to go the extra mile for any company or client you work for. It's a lot easier to prove your somebody worth investing in when you take the time to invest in yourself.




Your Headshot is Your Brand


A good headshot is necessary in today's digital world to showcase who you are. Are you professional? Down to earth? Funny? A great negotiator? A good headshot utilizes various poses, angles and lighting to showcase the you that you want employers and clients to see, and you'd be surprised by how much of you a photo can convey. A good headshot is versatile, can be used across all your social media platforms and allows you to consistently portray yourself to employers as someone worth hiring. With a strong headshot, you control your brand.





 

The best outfit the represents you.

1. Keep It Simple


Try not to overthink your outfit, hair or makeup. The goal is to get a great portrait of you...one that friends and colleagues will recognize. If you are an artist who wears a t-shirt everyday, it might not be a good idea to wear a jacket and tie. The same goes for a lawyer who wears a jacket and tie everyday…. a t-shirt and ball cap might not work. Think about how you dress for work on most days and the pick the best outfit that represents that style.




2. Plan Ahead


A few days before your appointment, make sure everything fits properly and is wrinkle free. There is no need to get stressed with these tasks on the morning of your portrait. If you are really not sure what outfit works best, feel free to bring a few different outfits and discuss it with the photographer.




3. Choose Your Best Color


We always recommend a solid color that creates some contrast with your skin. Depending on your skin tone, try simple colors like black, navy blue, white, or brown. Bright colors work well also. Avoid pastels and colors that resemble your skin tone …they will make you look washed out.




4. If the Jacket Doesn’t Fit…


If you plan on wearing a jacket or sport coat, make sure it fits properly. If they are too big or small it will be noticeable in the photos. If it doesn’t fit properly, it is probably best to plan an outfit without the jacket.




5. Cover Your Shoulders


It is always best to have your upper arms and shoulders covered.




6. Watch the Wrinkles


Make sure your outfit is wrinkle free. If your appointment is late in the day it might be best to bring your clothes with you and get ready here at the studio. We have changing rooms available.




7. Nails


Your hands may appear in some photos. Please make sure to pay attention to your nails prior to your session.




8. Practice Makes Perfect


Our goal is to get a professional headshot that makes you look easy-going and approachable. There is a fine line between too happy and too serious. We do our best to get that perfect look. During your session we will encourage you to try different facial expressions…little smile, big smile, and serious face just to name a few. Practice your facial expressions in the mirror. It might feel ridiculous while doing it, but it will help.




9. Don’t Sweat It


If you follow all of these steps you are on your way to a great professional portrait. Let us worry about the rest.





 

Why You Shouldn’t Pick Your Own Professional Headshot

1. Keep It Simple


Try not to overthink your outfit, hair or makeup. The goal is to get a great portrait of you...one that friends and colleagues will recognize. If you are an artist who wears a t-shirt everyday, it might not be a good idea to wear a jacket and tie. The same goes for a lawyer who wears a jacket and tie everyday…. a t-shirt and ball cap might not work. Think about how you dress for work on most days and the pick the best outfit that represents that style.




2. Plan Ahead


A few days before your appointment, make sure everything fits properly and is wrinkle free. There is no need to get stressed with these tasks on the morning of your portrait. If you are really not sure what outfit works best, feel free to bring a few different outfits and discuss it with the photographer.




3. Choose Your Best Color


We always recommend a solid color that creates some contrast with your skin. Depending on your skin tone, try simple colors like black, navy blue, white, or brown. Bright colors work well also. Avoid pastels and colors that resemble your skin tone …they will make you look washed out.




4. If the Jacket Doesn’t Fit…


If you plan on wearing a jacket or sport coat, make sure it fits properly. If they are too big or small it will be noticeable in the photos. If it doesn’t fit properly, it is probably best to plan an outfit without the jacket.




5. Cover Your Shoulders


It is always best to have your upper arms and shoulders covered.




6. Watch the Wrinkles


Make sure your outfit is wrinkle free. If your appointment is late in the day it might be best to bring your clothes with you and get ready here at the studio. We have changing rooms available.




7. Nails


Your hands may appear in some photos. Please make sure to pay attention to your nails prior to your session.




8. Practice Makes Perfect


Our goal is to get a professional headshot that makes you look easy-going and approachable. There is a fine line between too happy and too serious. We do our best to get that perfect look. During your session we will encourage you to try different facial expressions…little smile, big smile, and serious face just to name a few. Practice your facial expressions in the mirror. It might feel ridiculous while doing it, but it will help.




9. Don’t Sweat It


If you follow all of these steps you are on your way to a great professional portrait. Let us worry about the rest.





 

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Stop in today and take advantage of our current head shot specials.

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