Why You Need Professional Business Headshots and What to Expect

A bad headshot can make you look unprofessional, not trustworthy, or downright boring. A good headshot, on the other hand, can help you stand out from (literally) thousands of other professionals in your industry. With a great photo, you can let your prospective clients know what you’re all about, which can lead to more bookings.

Because your headshot is the first thing that people see, it’s important to choose a photographer who understands the industry. A pro will help you pose in a way that makes you look your best while also fitting your brand.

With the rise of social media and the gig economy, professionals are now seen as brands. In other words, you need to be a person that stands for something. With professional headshots, your brand can be easily recognized and understood by your target market. Preparing for a job interview? Starting a side business? Creating a LinkedIn profile? These are just some of the many reasons why you may want to get professional photos taken.

What to Expect When Getting Professional Headshots

Professional Headshot Studio

When you’re getting professional headshots, you’ll likely have two shots taken: one close-up and one full-length. Your photographer will let you know which one they plan to take beforehand.

Close-up shots are great for LinkedIn or websites where you want to showcase your face. Full-length shots pair well with articles where you want to show off your outfit.

For your close-up, you can allow for an outfit change if you like and you may also have makeup applied to your face. A full-length shot will happen in one outfit and one pose, which means you can expect to be done around 30-45 minutes after you arrive to the studio.

Things to know before your shoot

Headshots on location or in our studio

A few things pop into your head when you think about a headshot: Big hair, lots of makeup, big glasses, and a swiveling stool. While this may have been standard practice years ago, it’s not what professionals are going for in today. Here are a few things to keep in mind before your appointment:

  • Be mindful of your hair and makeup – No matter what, you’ll likely have makeup applied to your face. While this may seem standard, it can vary from person to person. If you’re not comfortable with the idea of full makeup, let your photographer know beforehand.
  • Bring a few outfits – You may want to bring a couple different outfits to your shoot. Your photographer will let you know if they prefer you wear a blazer or not, how many buttons you should button, and if you should wear jeans or slacks.
  • Bring business casual outfits – Regardless of your industry, business casual is always a safe bet. If you want to make a statement, bring a bold tie or shirt.

Mike Haller
4501 Mattis Road
St Louis, Missouri

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