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What makes a great business headshot?
Having a great business headshot is critical in the social media driven world we live in today. We regularly work with Corporate Executive teams throughout Metro Detroit and southeast Michigan to provide executive business headshots for their company websites, professional networking sites and corporate marketing materials that help them build their company brand with professional images. These executives understand the importance of quality imagery for the company and C-Level executives but they are no less important for everyone else. That’s exactly why we created an online FAQ with my Top 10 Tips for professional head shots.
Why is this so important? Because, a first impression is typically made in the first 8 seconds of meeting someone. In the social media world, those 8 seconds begin the moment your online profile photo is viewed. So, it is clear you need to take advantage of every second. It does not matter if you are a professional on LinkedIn interviewing for a key position at a reputable company or a submitting an article to an online blog.
Those 8 seconds matter – make the most of them!
If you haven’t already read our Top 10 Tips for Professional Headshots, here’s the shortened list of the Top 5 Do’s and Top 5 Don’ts:
- Do be styled
- Do arrive clean and fresh
- Do have fun
- Do determine how your head shot will be used
- Do get enough rest
- Don’t go cheap
- Don’t settle on a photographer
- Don’t be obsolete
- Don’t go glam
- Don’t be afraid
You must consider your line of business when trying to determine what will look best for professional headshots. Really, the simple question is – what image do you need to portray? Are you a C-Level executive leading a new round of funding? A speaker for TEDx? Real Estate Agent?
That’s right! Too many people incorrectly ask what they should wear for their headshot before understanding how it will be used first. Our #4 Top Tip is actually much more important than it sounds. You truly need to determine how your head shot will be used before scheduling a session for headshots – only then can you determine what you should wear. Opinions of people are often made within the first 8 seconds, so it is critical to have a headshot that helps create the impression you want them to have.
If you are in Metro Detroit and need updated business headshots or executive headshots for your company’s website or marketing materials, please feel free to contact us online or call 313-883-9500. We would love to discuss your company’s brand and how business headshots can help build your online reputation!