It is easy to procastinate and put off getting a new professional headshot, but in image-conscious northern VA and the DC metropolitan area, a professional headshot is especially important. Your headshot is often the first impression for potential clients or employers, and therefore it should enhance your professionalism and credibility. Not convinced?
Here are eight signs that you need a new professional headshot
1. You cropped yourself out of a wonderful family picture. While that may be a lovely picture of you, it does not say “I am a professional”, especially if someone elses shoulder is in the picture. Yes they will notice. Plus, it is unlikely to be as flattering of you as it could be, given that it is unlikely to have been professionally retouched.
2. Your headshot is over 5 years old. Enough said. Although ideally you’ll be updating your headshot every 2 years or so, or whenever you change your look. You don’t want your client thinking that your headshot looks nothing like you.
3. You have a glazed, deer in the headlights look. Maybe you hate having your portrait taken and figure the one you have is good enough, but you deserve better. A good photographer should be able to help you relax and avoid that stunned, “let’s get this over with” expression.
4. Your headshot doesn’t match your job or your brand. If you were a high powered corporate lawyer, but now you have opened up a fitness studio, your headshot is unlikely to send the message and vibe that potential members of your club would find warm and inspiring.
5. Your current headshot is a nice picture of you but it’s a little blurry or not exposed properly. Let it go and get a new one that is professional all the way.
6. You only have a web-sized version of your headshot and lost the larger one for printing. If you try to enlarge the websized version, the quality will be very poor.
7. You don’t love your headshot. Why not? You deserve one that makes you feel happy and proud, and that serves you and your business.
8. You don’t have one! In this day and age, everyone needs a professional headshot. Spread it all around social media, so that when people google your name, it comes up.