Whether you’re thinking about taking headshots for the first time or you want to refresh your current photos, you may have noticed there is a lot of different information floating around.
In this blog post, we debunk some of the most common headshot myths so that you can book your next session with confidence and peace of mind.
Myth #1: There is No Need to Hire a Professional
Anyone can take a headshot on their smartphone. Let’s face it, the latest smartphone cameras are very good and can rival some prosumer DSLR cameras. However, if you want to look and feel like a true professional online, it’s best to invest in a headshot session with a photographer who specializes in headshots. Even if you or a family member has a professional camera, equipment doesn’t mean much if you don’t know how to use it or have an eye for headshots. Investing in a professional headshot session is well worth the cost if you’re serious about building your brand.
Myth #2: Headshots Don’t Need Personality
Contrary to what you’ve heard or read, headshots do need to tell a story and showcase your personality. The last thing you want is to receive your headshot photos only to realize you have a forced smile that makes you look fake. A professional photographer will know how to bring out your authenticity while capturing the best version of you. There are thousands of profiles and portfolios out there, so you need to find a way to stand out. In most instances, someone will notice your photo before they start reading about your skills and experience, so make it count.
Myth #3: You’re Not Photogenic
Far too many professionals shy away from scheduling a professional photo session because they believe they aren’t photogenic. This is never the case – you’ve just been using the wrong photographer. This paired with a little practice in the mirror can lead to eye-catching and professional headshots that will make you stand out in your industry. I always like to remind my clients that it’s not their job to be photogenic. It’s my job to pose and direct them to capture how they want to be photographed.
Myth #4: My Existing Headshots are Fine
This might be the case if you took them within the last 2 years. If not, it’s time to update them. Not only do headshot styles change, but you’ve changed too. And your headshots should always be a clear representation of who you are today. Here are some signs that you need to update your headshot:
- You’ve updated your look. Have you lost a significant amount of weight, changed your hair, or had surgery? This is another sign that it’s time to schedule another headshot session with your photographer. When people meet with you, if they don’t recognize you, it can come off as untrustworthy.
- Your current headshots are trendy. If the last time you took headshots you followed a particular trend, whether this was a style of photo or fashion, it’s time to update your images. Unfortunately, trends never last long, which means your headshots quickly become outdated. Rather opt for a timeless look and photo style for the best results.
- People often don’t recognize you. This one applies to anyone from any sector. If potential employers, clients, or business partners often tell you how different you look in person, you might want to update your headshots.
Now that you know the truth about headshots, find a headshot photographer that can help you with the next steps. If you don’t know how to find a professional photographer, start with your local Chamber of Commerce. They can refer you to someone, often a member of the Chamber, that is trusted by businesses in the your local community. Another good resource is Professional Photographers of America (PPA). You can search for professional headshot photographers in your area. If you have any other concerns about a headshot photography, let me know and I’ll be happy to help with any questions.
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