Professional headshots aren’t just for top executives anymore. Everybody needs one. With a great headshot, your professionalism and unique personality will shine through, opening the doors to new opportunity and new business.
Are you wondering if you need to invest in a professionally taken headshot? Here's a few reasons why you should:
1. It conveys your professionalism. If you look professional, potential clients, investors, collaborators, etc. that don’t know you personally are going to be more likely to agree to that first meeting.
2. It reminds business contacts who you are if they met you in passing at a conference or business function. This little cue makes it more likely they will accept your “friend” or “follow” request.
3. A current headshot gives people an idea of what you look like now. It supports and enhances the skills and experience on your LinkedIn profile, making you stand out from the rest.
What to wear
You should dress as you would in your work environment. If you are a business executive, wear a suit. If you are a doctor or nurse, wear your lab coat. If your work gives you a bit more flexibility with your “work uniform,” choose colors that are flattering to your skin tone and hair color. In general, solid colors are better than patterns. For men, a brightly colored (but not too bold) tie paired with a classic white shirt and dark-toned suit is a nice choice. For a woman, you don’t want jewelry that will stand out because it’s so close up, it’s going to take the attention away from you. You might want to stick to subtle jewelry.