Ask yourself this? When was the last time you had a professional headshot? If you say more than a year ago take this as your sign to do them now. I know you think you can just take some pictures yourself or use stock photos? There are other, more important things you should be spending your organization’s funds on than professional photography, right? … Wrong!

Every business from starting up to seasoned can benefit from professional headshots. Headshots build trust and create cohesiveness making your website and social media more appealing to potential clients and customers. I know you're also thinking you don't want to spend your business $$$ on headshots because you've convinced yourself - you can just take them yourself. You can but will that give the professional look YOU NEED?

Yes you are already making up reasons not to even take a headshot - what do I wear, I hate the camera, I need to loose 10 lbs, I don't have time.....I've made them up myself and I'm a photographer BUT the bottom line is we live in a world where people want to see who they are investing in! So invest in yourself and they will invest in you!

So what are the top 8 reasons to hire a professional to do your headshot?

  1. Professionalism. Clients see you have invested in you and your business. They see you as a professional and not just a hobbyist.
  2. First Impressions. It's no exaggeration that first impressions are everything. Within seconds of seeing someone we make a judgement whether we want to or not. From there we start to decide if we want to get to know the person, choose their business and so forth. In this day and age people are quick to move on if they don't like what they see.
  3. Customers Want to Get To Know YOU! When people visit your website or social media they want to get to know you! Connection is a huge part of growing a business and people want to connect with you!
  4. Confidence. A great headshot will help you feel confident and professional when you are calling on a potential client. I also encourage professional hair and makeup to add more confidence. A professional photographer can also shave off those flaws that you see that are stopping you!
  5. Stand out above the rest. A great profile photo on LinkedIn will set you apart from the competition. I see so many that are just randomly taken with no intention behind them. It's the quickest to find on their phone or a result of asking their partner to take it. It shows!
  6. Visual Reminder of who you are. How many times have you been to a function and met someone you wanted to connect with for business? A good, clean (and current) headshot can be a visual cue for someone to remember you and connect on LinkedIn.
  7. Consistency. This is a big one. I have worked for a variety of companies wanting a cohesive look on their site. They have a mix of employees with sometimes professional headshots but they aren't cohesive in lighting, colors, location, etc. By having all headshots for your company done by one photographer in the same location, your website looks more professional and visually appealing.
  8. Images Can Help You Get Found On the Web. Did you know professional photos can get you found on the web using SEO? I will give you images that have info embedded based on your field. They will also be sized and sharpened to look the best on the web as well as in print. .

As a professional photographer I provide clients with prep guides to help you have the most successful headshot session and result. I would love to chat about how to help you and your business become the best it can with professional headshots! I hope to see ya soon!