Do I Need A New Professional Headshot?

Do I need a new professional headshot? – It takes less than 50 milliseconds to form an impression. Today, social media profiles with professional headshots  are 14% more likely to be viewed than those without. Photos posted on LinkedIn alone are viewed approximately 21 times more than those without. So, if you have an image on Facebook, LinkedIn, or another social site, why aren’t you standing out?  If you’re not making the best first impression that you can, it’s time for a change.

It can be difficult to judge your own photo. Start by asking yourself these questions:

  1. Does it still look like me? If your headshot was taken five years ago, if you’ve lost or gained a lot of weight, if you chopped all your hair off or dyed it purple — it’s time to get a new professional photo.

  2. Does it suit my career goals? It isn’t uncommon for professionals to switch career fields. Perhaps you were a corporate lawyer a few years ago, but now you are an event planner.As a corporate lawyer, you want a headshot photo that captures your dogmatic, no-nonsense side. But as an event planner, you need a new head shot photo that showcases your personable, helpful, and creative side. If you have recently switched job fields or have a totally new brand strategy, you should invest in new headshots to match what you are representing

  3. Does it look like a selfie? There’s no harm in taking a self-portrait and using it as your profile picture. However, many people fail to take the right kind of picture. If it’s evident that you took a picture of yourself from a laptop or by holding out your phone at arm’s length and snapping a shot, others will notice. Ideally, you should hire a photographer like Hector Cavazos to take professional headshots for your business card, linkedin profile, or any other reason it is needed for.

  4. Did you have to crop yourself out of a family photo? Basically, if your current head shot has a busy, distracting background or has obviously been cut out of a family photo, you should probably invest in a new head shot.  Work with a professional photographer to get a pristine, stunning head shot with either a clear background or a background that doesn’t take away from your face.

  5. Does it look like the BEST me?  Maybe your headshot is okay — but is “okay” good enough?  If you don’t feel totally confident about the head shot you currently have, it is a good idea to invest in a new one. Having the perfect headshot that you completely love can give you the motivation to work harder in your field, network with more people, and build your brand. Until you get the head shot you love, it will be difficult to find anyone else who loves your head shots just as much as you do.

Studies show that images – not actions or words – are what truly makes a first impression. Research also shows that when browsing a website, people spend much more time looking at headshot pictures of actual employees than stock photos or generic background images. Essentially, they’re judging. Now is the time to shine. By impressing a viewer in those quick nine seconds with professional portraits, a company is well on its way to earning clients and business. Contact Hector Cavazos Photography today for you professional headshots!

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