Maybe you're looking for a new job, starting a new career or you just need to update a baby-face portrait taken on your phone with good lighting 10 years ago - there's no better time than now to get a new headshot. It's relatively inexpensive and a one-time purchase that will make a huge impact on the best brand you can invest in - YOURSELF.
The first thing I did when I started my photography business was take a few photos of myself. I knew that when I went to a new website, I always wanted to look at the "about" page to see who was talking to me. A website was only relatable to me if I saw a person's face. As humans, we are social beings. It's not unusual that we want our technology to have a human aspect to it. That's where your photographer comes in.
It conveys a story about you
It might sound a little inflated to say this but it's true! Even that tiny 8x10 photo of you can say a lot about your personal brand. The right photographer will get a deep sense of the image you are trying to portray before they start clicking. I usually ask what you want to use the photo(s) for and suggest ways we can incorporate that feel into the images.
You're starting a new job
Your new role might require you to share a photo of yourself with your employer for their online social channels. Whether they help with the expense of hiring a photographer or not, put your anxieties aide and find someone to make a great photographic representation of you. It shows that you care about your career and that you have the confidence to make these big choices to show for it.
You're just entering the workforce
If this is your first time looking for a job, a good headshot will help you stand out from the rest on your LinkedIn profile. It can seem super intimidating to view the profiles of all these CEOs, Vice-Presidents etc online but just think that they also started out just like you. Somehow a headshot on your LinkedIn can feel like you've levelled the playing field a little bit. Right?! It's the first thing you see - that's why it's at the very top of the page. I offer very reasonably priced packages for new job-seekers.
You can use it for more than just a job
Chances are that you're using your headshot just to update your online presence. You don't have to stick to the traditional headshot where you're standing at an angle, smiling a little but not too much with your hands crossed. You can show yourself in a wide-angle shot, in your work or play environment. It's all up to you on how you want to do it.