As your Austin Headshot Photographer, I hope this basic guide helps you understand the need for great headshots.
You should know that professional headshots are the first introduction to you, your business and your personal brand. Even Forbes has articles on how important headshot photos are.
Around 93% of HR professionals and recruiters turn to LinkedIn to find quality candidates. Likewise, 2 in 3 turn to Facebook, and also more than half utilize Twitter. This just proves that a headshot plays an important role in your professional life. Your headshot should be a powerful, compelling and confidence-instilling headshot. In turn, that makes prospective clients, employers and partners want to reach out and connect with you.
What are you trying to convey to your headshots?
First, before you head to the studio for your professional headshot photo session, stop and think. What are some of the things that you want others to see when they glance at your profile page?
Second, think about some of the characteristics that embody your personal brand. For instance, are you a chef, an educator, a writer? Write down some keywords and phrases. If there are certain props that could help tell your story, bring them along to your session too.
We will usually take a few different shots using various outfits so that you have a good selection to choose from. If you’re going to be using your headshot on a specific social media platform, you might even want to tailor it to fit that site.
Most important you want your look to match the image you’re trying to convey. What you wear on a daily basis is a great place to start. Solid colors are always a good choice, as are tops with strong collars and necklines. We suggest that you wear clothing that compliments your skin and eye tones and it’s best to stay away from very bold colors too. It’s important for your entire outfit is professional as you may want a few portraits taken at full length or you sitting down.
Finally, even though this is a more professional session, who says you can’t have fun? A relaxed, comfortable subject naturally exudes confidence. I hope these Austin headshot photographer tips helped you get started. Let’s chat in more detail and book your own headshot session today!