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If you find yourself looking at your headshot and see an old haircut, an out-of-date style, or an image that reflects a different location, it’s probably time to schedule a professional shoot.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

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Vita | Chippewa Falls Senior Session

For Vita’s senior session, we headed to a nearby hidden location near the studio in Chippewa Falls so that we could capture some amazing images.

Going into the session, Vita was convinced that she wasn’t going to enjoy having her picture taken. She claimed that was wasn’t very photogenic, but I disagreed and did my utmost to try to get her to come out of her shell. After 10 minutes, she was absolutely rocking out like a supermodel for Seventeen magazine!

I was particularly proud of the fact that I was able to get her to relax enough to get her in the water, splashing around and grinning. You can’t fake the emotion for moments like that—it has to be genuine—and Vita rocked it!

In fact, Vita enjoyed herself so much that, after the session was over, she left a 5-star review:

“Senior pictures: I’m not the type that enjoys having pictures taken. But today was definitely a great experience! I was a little nervous at first, always feel awkward when other people take pictures of me – but Andrew did an AMAZING job when it came down to pulling me out of my shell. Easy to work with and definitely recommend!” – Vita N.

It always warms my heart to hear from my clients when they have a portrait session they enjoy, and this was particularly sweet because she had been so nervous going in. Thank you, Vita, for sharing your experience!

As Vita gradually relaxed and started to open up, I was also able to learn more about her. This high school senior from Thorp is a total family girl, and she especially enjoys the time she gets to spend with her nephews. Her last outfit with her sweatshirt was her grandfather’s who passed… and she also brought her grandfather’s custom made ring. Such a great touch to add to her session that means something to her. She had so much love in her heart, and it was a true joy to be around her.

Vita, thank you so much for an amazing senior session. I’m so glad that you were able to enjoy yourself, and I know you will do wonderful things in your future.

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Tiffany | Chippewa Falls Senior Session

I met up with Tiffany for her senior session near my senior portrait studio in Chippewa Falls, and I loved how much personality she poured into our pictures.

Tiffany brought a few props to the session, one of which was the clarinet, since she is in the marching band at Chippewa Falls High School (affectionately called Chi Hi for those of us in the area). I had the honor of seeing the marching band this year during the Pure Water Days parade, and DANG, they are incredible. It’s been a while since I’ve seen such an outstanding marching band—so of course we had to capture her pride at being part of something so incredible!

She also brought her golf gear—all of it pink, from the ball to the bag. She’s an avid golfer, and it was just as important to her to capture this part of her personality as it was to get that shot of her with her clarinet. After all, she is a young woman of many talents.

Tiffany loves the country life and enjoys hanging out and just being herself, so one of my favorite images is of Tiffany out on the dock with her feet in the water. Is there anything more carefree than letting the waves lap at your feet like that?

I also loved the outfits she chose. She rocked out in style and fashion during the entire session, and it seemed like she had a different look for every facet of her personality. From the tinted sunglasses out on the dock to the pink golf outfit to the purple shirt and jeans—I really feel like the pictures we captured together showcase what an engaging young woman she is.

Tiffany, thank you for asking me to be your senior photographer. I know you’re going to do amazing things as you face your future!

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Amanda | Chippewa Falls Senior Session

I met up with Amanda for her senior session in Chippewa Falls, a favorite secret location of mine for these sessions, and couldn’t get enough of her sense of humor and smile.

Amanda is in her senior year at Stanley Boyd High school in Stanley, WI. I love getting to work with seniors like Amanda, who make senior photos fun.

She wasn’t shy at all and had the most amazing sense of humor. No one was ever bored, and we were all laughing and enjoying ourselves. Amanda really is a senior to remember and a joy to be around, with a genuine smile that just won’t stop.

I also got to know Amanda a little better as we cruised around to some of my other favorite locations near Chippewa Falls and she told me about playing volleyball and basketball. She even made All Conference this year! This girl is going places, I’m telling you.

Of course, for as much fun as Amanda can be, she also has an incredibly sweet side. Her Grandma Marla is a critical part of her life, and she wanted to be sure to include her in her senior photos. I couldn’t say no to a request like that, especially after seeing the two of them together. Marla is a beautiful grandma and such an inspiration. The bond that they share really is something special. It’s wonderful that family plays such an important role in her life. I loved being able to see the relationship that the two of them share and to capture that in photos. It was a special moment.

Thank you, Amanda, for an unforgettable senior session! I wish you the best as you finish up at Stanley Boyd High School; you are going to do amazing things.

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