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The Benefits of Getting a New Professional Headshot

When was your last professional headshot for your LinkedIn profile? Do you even remember?

If you find yourself looking at your headshot and see an old haircut, an out-of-date style, or an image that reflects a different location, it’s probably time to schedule a professional shoot.

With that said, here are 5 reasons to get a new headshot.

You Need to Show Off Your Personality

You’re not the same person you were ten years ago, or even ten months ago. Your interests and personality are constantly evolving, and therefore, so is your brand. You want to show off those smile lines that tell the world how happy you are. You want to show off your bright smile or your sharp, professional couture.

You’re a professional, and your headshot should reflect that. Even if you’re looking for a more relaxed style, you don’t want something as simple as a selfie. Professional photographers are trained to capture the real you without sacrificing quality—so let us do that.

You Are Your Brand

Now more than ever, the thing you’re selling most is yourself. No matter what profession you’re in, customers want someone they can relate to—whether it’s a friendly bank teller or a personable photographer.  With that in mind, how can you expect clients to find you without a good headshot? How can you expect future employers to want to hire you if they don’t have a visualization of your brand?

These headshots will be your professional image everywhere. When you’re in LinkedIn, when you’re guest posting, when you’re on your website or blog . . . wherever you are, you have a public face to present. And it shouldn’t be that vacation photo of you in your Bermuda shorts.

Times Change

We’ve all been there: we look through some old pictures and cringe when we see that old haircut, that old outfit. There’s nothing worse than a dated picture—and it’s even more cringe-worthy when it’s on a professional stage.

When you haven’t updated your professional image, the message you’re sending is that you haven’t paid attention to the little details. You’re content to let things stay the same, and you aren’t willing to put in the effort to make sure that your professional face reflects the modern era.

More importantly, you also want to make sure that the face potential clients and employers see online is the same one that they’ll see in-person. It can be a shock when you’re expecting someone with long hair and glasses only to meet up with someone with short, newly-dyed hair and contacts!

Professionals Know What We’re Doing

It may seem ridiculous to hire a professional simply to take a few pictures of your face, but you’d be surprised the difference that lighting and professional-level equipment can make. In an instant, a grainy image from your phone can be replaced with a sharp-looking image in a studio.

Or, if you like, we can go out on location, where a professional photographer knows how to leverage the natural lighting to your advantage. No matter how non-photogenic you might think you are, pros know how to reflect the best possible you there can be.

Pros Have Great Advice, Too

In addition to being an excellent resource for professional-looking photos, a pro can give advice about locations, outfits, and other elements of a photoshoot. If you’re not sure where to go or what backdrops would best capture your brand—ask! I will be more than happy to help you find that perfect look for you.

So, what are you waiting for? Schedule your headshot session now and give your LinkedIn profile a facelift. Whether you join me in our Chippewa Falls photography studio or in a location of your choice, it will only benefit you and your brand. Your headshots are only getting older, after all!

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