WHY IS A PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOT IMPORTANT

First impressions matter in the digital age. Whether it's on your LinkedIn profile or a web page, your photo is the first thing people look at. A confident and approachable headshot helps determine whether someone wants to talk to you in real life.

 

WHY CAN’T I JUST TAKE A SELFIE

I think this anecdote from Jordy Matter illustrates why it’s so important to not just avoid selfies like the plague but also only hire the best possible headshot photographer:

When I first moved to NYC, I was an actor looking for headshots. I chose to go the inexpensive route. Then I met an agent who immediately sent me out to get ‘professional headshots’. "Looks like you used a bottom feeder," the agent said. "Is your career that unimportant to you?" So instead of saving money, I had to pay twice! I didn't realize how limiting my cheap headshots were until I got new ones, and doors started to open.

 

What makes a headshot photographer special

Have you ever heard the expression “jack of all trades, master of none”? Headshot photography is all I do. You might even say I’m obsessed, but I like to call it passion. I’ve spent countless hours training to help others look and feel their best, and I’m equipped with specialized lights, software, lenses, cameras, and other equipment to highlight your best features. No detail is too small to escape my attention while my focus and commitment ensure that you walk away with an extra bounce in your step.

 

WHEN SHOULD I GET A HEADSHOT

If you’ve never had a professional headshot taken before, now is a good time! Once you have a professional headshot, get it updated every couple of years or whenever there’s a noticeable change in your appearance.

 

WHAT IF I HATE HAVING MY PICTURE TAKEN

I know that most people are not comfortable in front of a camera. Neither am I, that is why I choose to be behind it! Yet one of the first things you will hear my clients say about their session is how much they surprisingly enjoyed it. My goal is to make you feel comfortable and take an authentic image that elicits a positive reaction when others see it. Basically, I am a goof ball and I crack you up and take a photo.

 

WHAT MAKES A GREAT HEADSHOT

A great, authentic expression. The right angles that shows you at your very best. Flattering lighting. What do your eyes say? That is the key. You want your headshot to convey confidence and approachability. Unless you are coming here for a mugshot. Do you need to smile? Not if you don’t want to. But I am pretty funny, so that might be hard to do. 😜

 

HOW IS A HEADSHOT DIFFERENT FROM A PORTRAIT

A headshot is supposed to be a zoom-in on your face, whereas a portrait shows your upper body as well. Portraits do not work well because when they are shrunk down to the size needed for a profile photo, your face is too small for people to distinguish your features. If you see a full body portrait on LinkedIn, you cannot even tell what color someone's eyes are.

 

WHY CAN'T I SEE THE TOP OF PEOPLE'S HEADS

This style was perfected by the headshot guru (and my mentor) Peter Hurley because it helps focus attention on the features that matter the most: your eyes and mouth. Those tell people everything they need to know.

 

Can I use a headshot for dating sites

For sure! Headshots aren’t just for LinkedIn. You can use them on webpages, online directories, business cards, email signatures, marketing materials, bios, resumes, and more. A client of mine who started using his headshot on a dating site told me that since then he’s never been on more dates in his life.