Are Professional Headshots Important

Written by John Bentley

Professional Photographer specialising in Helping people to look feel and create better. Headshots | Portraiture | Branding | Education | Coaching

My teachings helps you to better understand the picture taking techniques.

My Headshots help you to look your best by coaching you into a more powerful and confident facial expressions, showing the character and nature of you and your business.

Whilst a  SELFIE can be convenient and casual, they are not always going to show professionalism and attention to detail that a well-executed professional headshot can provide in your business or corporate world.

Professional Headshots offer several advantages over the selfie when it comes to creating a sense of importance and professionalism. 

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  1. **QUALITY and CLARITY**

A professional photographer would use HIGH-QUALITY equipment and lighting to capture CLEAR, WELL-LIT images. This ensures that your HEADSHOT represents you in the BEST POSSIBLE WAY, with SHARP DETAILS and ACCURATE COLOURS.

Whilst in today’s technologically advanced world of  mobile phone cameras it is possible to capture a high quality image with great clarity, unless you understand the importance of light and shadow in your image, you are not going to get the best possible outcome. 

  1. **FIRST IMPRESSIONS**

In a professional context, a HEADSHOT is often the FIRST IMPRESSION someone will have of you. A PROFESSIONALLY taken headshot conveys a sense of COMPETENCE, RELIABILITY, and ATTENTION TO DETAIL, which can POSITIVELY INFLUENCE how you are perceived.

Whilst a fair amount of people are able to pose and convey themselves in a confident manner in front of their cameras, it really is another level of confidence that can be shown and captured once you get in front of a photographer that understands the lighting and is able to coach your expressions on camera. Still images are not the easiest to show your true personality alone.

  1. **BACKGROUND and COMPOSITION**

Professional photographers pay attention to the BACKGROUND and COMPOSITION of the shot to ensure it is appropriate for the context. This helps ELIMINATE DISTRACTIONS and FOCUSES ATTENTION on you, presenting a POLISHED and CONTROLLED image.

Home shot images can be created easier than before but you will still need to find a suitable clean backdrop or at the very least one that is not overly busy and can be captured out of focus to keep the attention on you, the subject.

  1. **EXPRESSION and POSES**

A professional photographer can GUIDE you on the BEST EXPRESSIONS and POSES that convey CONFIDENCE and APPROACHABILITY. They can capture a VARIETY of shots to SHOWCASE different aspects of your personality and ADAPT the session to your PROFESSIONAL GOALS.

A professional photographer can help to guide you and allow you to see the images there and then on a bigger screen that you can see on your mobile phone or even the back of the Dslr if that is what you are using. Most photographers today shoot tethered so that the image captured will immediately come up on their laptop/desktop or even a large screen TV.

  1. **EDITING and RETOUCHING**

Professional photographers often provide RETOUCHING SERVICES to ENHANCE the FINAL IMAGE. This may include ADJUSTING LIGHTING, REMOVING BLEMISHES, and ENSURING that the FINAL RESULT is POLISHED and PROFESSIONAL.

Retouching is not about making you look like a wax dummy, it’s all about colour correction and the removal of ephemeral markings. Most times it is just about sculpting the light a little more and giving the images a little more contrast and brightness, removing a few stray hairs and removing the little bits of fluff we all seem to get on our clothing – the camera ure is good at bringing these into focus!

  1. **SUITABILITY FOR DIFFERENT PLATFORMS** 

Different professional platforms may have SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS for profile pictures. A PROFESSIONALLY TAKEN HEADSHOT can be TAILORED to meet these requirements, ensuring that your image LOOKS ITS BEST across VARIOUS MEDIUMS.

Various crops and compositions can be  achieved with ease using a professional photographer. They can deliver the correct megapixel and crop ratios needed for various outlets. IE: social media and publication

  1. **INVESTMENT IN YOUR BRAND** 

Investing in PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOTS demonstrates a COMMITMENT to your PERSONAL BRAND and PROFESSIONAL IMAGE. It SENDS A MESSAGE that you TAKE YOUR CAREER SERIOUSLY and are WILLING TO INVEST TIME AND RESOURCES in presenting yourself in the best light.

If your prospect sees that you have taken the time to invest in yourself and the business, they are more likely to do the same. Meaning they will trust you with their investment in you and your services.

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