"Professional headshots are crucial to your success."
Well I guess you probably expected a statement like that coming from a headshot photographer.
But I mean it seriously, and I can explain!
You see, years ago when I first started City Headshots, I was afraid to show my face.
Oops, did I really just admit that?
Yes, I did.
Why was I afraid? Well, because I looked like I was 15 years old (I was actually 20 at the time – though ten years later I'm now 30 and I STILL look 15).
This is the photo I used for the first few years of running City Headshots:
Even though I used that picture, people DID still book with me for photos, but day after day I was always greeted by the same confused look:
"Wait, how old are you?"
Awkward, I know.
There was always a certain level of distrust people had because they thought I was too young to be experienced enough to take their professional headshots.
They kept saying they thought I would be older, or that I "sounded a lot older on the phone."
I always had to work hard to gain back their trust during the shoot, and even after a great session, I still had some people who felt like I did a "bait and switch" on them (probably also because I was shooting out of my apartment at the time).
It was definitely awkward, and every once in a while someone would ask why I didn't just show my picture on the website?
Well, eventually I saw the "light" so to speak, and I posted a professional headshot where you could see my face clearly:
But if it's not going to break the bank and you're debating whether to have a friend (or photographer who doesn't specialize in headshot photography) shoot your headshot, think twice.
There is a lot more that goes into professional headshots than most people realize, and a lot more riding on your photo than you think.
The decision of course is completely up to you, but hopefully this article sheds some light onto what goes into professional headshots and why hiring a pro who specializes in them can make a difference.
You can also email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and we're happy to give you advice.
BONUS: How to Take Professional Headshots at Home
Luckily, we've found an answer that still involves using a professional photographer and getting a result that works, and here it is:
The Virtual Headshot
(see pricing on "packages" page)
If you're thinking you need a good photo soon, you can now get a highly professional headshot with a great backdrop – no matter where you are in the world.
All you need is yourself and a window, and we'll guide you through the rest!
If you choose to book a Virtual Headshot shoot with us, we'll take you through the process via video chat, directing you to find your best angles, expressions, and positions.
By the end of the 20-minute session, you'll have a few shots to choose from and you can email us your favorite to be retouched.
We'll digitally change the background to match your preference (or industry trends) and adjust lighting, fix blemishes, whiten teeth and more, so your final image looks highly polished and ready for LinkedIn.
Have questions? Email us at email@example.com and we'll get back to you within a few hours.
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