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February 21, 2014
You don’t have to look too hard to find bad headshots out there, just log into LinkedIn! It’s easy to spot the people who have made poor choices, but sometimes we might be the biggest bad headshot offenders and don’t even know it! I admit I’m one of the worst…
Confession: I hate being photographed, I don’t know what happens, but I regress to the 13 year old with glasses, braces, and a bad perm. I forget how to smile, stand or sit naturally and I get a bad case of the crazy eyes and I end up doing all the things I know people aren’t supposed to do. So when it comes to my headshots I’ve always opted for something nontraditional…
In the beginning I thought, “I’ll use a funny picture, it’s ok I’m in a creative field”
Then I thought “Maybe that is too silly, I know I’ll do something whimsical that says I’m fun!”
In my weekly networking groups I am always telling people they needed new headshots, for one of a thousand reasons, but most importantly because a first impression image can sometimes make or break your opportunity to get your foot in the door.
These are the images I’ve used for my own headshots
All of these images are accurate representations of me and my personality, but which image relays the first impression I want to give you
I’ve worked in photography for 14 years
I have a photography education
I’m a business owner
This was a hard exercise for me to go through so I thought that I’d make a little quiz for you, that will tell you if it’s time for you to change the headshot you are using. Please answer True or False
1. You are using a vacation photo and have cropped out another person or a drink in your hand
2. your company’s about us page looks like a set of mug shots
3. When meeting a new client at Starbucks they are more likely to walk up to your younger sibling than to you
4. Someone could use your image to create a meme for Facebook
5. You are using an image you or someone you work with took on their phone
If you answered True to one or more of these questions it’s time you to schedule a headshot intervention!