When was the last time you got your headshot taken? I am positive that everyone has at least one that looks kind of yellowish or and has done so quickly by someone who is not professional. I think you know what I referring to. I am going to give you a hint. Driver license, Passport, got it?
We might have heard of the term headshot here and there but a lot of people don’t know what headshot means these days.
The definition of headshot photography
Let’s look up the definition of headshot first! The definition of a headshot from Wikipedia is the following: A headshot is a modern (mostly digital files) portrait where the focus is on the person. The term is usually applied for professional profile images on social media, the ‘about us page’ or a corporate website, and promotional pictures of actors, models, and authors.
However, there is a big difference between a general portrait and a headshot. It is true that they both focus on the person but the headshot is all about the person’s face. Therefore, most headshots capture from chest to face or even from shoulder to face.
The importance of headshot photography
Since the advent of the internet, we have been able to do almost everything online. More and more people have been communicating and working together online. We all know that the first impression is really vital when it comes to networking. We do not want to believe but it is true that we judge books by their covers.
As we all know, when it comes to job hunting, Linkedin is one of the most important social network services for that. You can post all kind of information such as educational background, job experience, certifications, etc so that it is easy for you to apply for a job and for employers to look at applicants’ information through Linkedin. Having a professional headshot in your Linkedin profile means you take your career seriously and you invest your money and time for your brand image. Actually, members with profile photos can receive up to 21 times more profile views than those without profile photos on Linkedin.
Why do we need to hire a professional headshot photographer?
You might want to ask if you can take a good headshot using your cell phone since a lot of cell phones nowadays have a good camera with decent image quality. My answer is that yes you can but it wouldn’t look professional. Professional photographers know how to utilize lighting, which is crucial for photography, how to pose, and even they can fix your blemishes and stuff that you don’t want to show.
To sum up, no matter what you do, having a great headshot is a must in order to look more professional online. Investing in getting one is worth for your future career and networking. Let us take your great headshot!