I was at a networking event and the person presenting at this event was a home inspector. He decided to jazz up the event by playing a little Q & A game about Home Inspections. BUT- One of the questions he asked was “How many Real Estate Brokers are using their High School Senior Portraits on their business cards?” Everyone in the room laughed loudly- even the Real Estate Brokers. He joked further by saying “… sometimes when I meet the broker at the house I’m inspecting, I think they must have sent their mother!” I watch the crowds reaction – full of waves of laughter spread across the room…
But this guy was right- and that was why it was sooo funny… Because it is true.
Getting a head shot done is not as painful as the name sounds. In fact, if you pick the right photographer and connect with that person, they can create some really wonderful images of you.
You’ll want someone with experience. You should look at their work and see if you really like what they have done in the past. Ideally you will want to hire someone that can make you feel comfortable and someone you can communicate freely with. Please also look for someone who has technical abilities with lighting, cameras and lens. And you want someone who has a bit of creativity! You really don’t want a “snap shot” feeling. You want well lit, in focus – especially sharp in the eyes – and something that is not stiff or posed and fake looking. You really don’t want a vacant stare looking back out at your audience.
I’d also like to mention that fashion comes and goes. Trends in colors and clothing can give away just how long ago you had that photo taken. Looking modern and updated should be a key part to any successful headshot session. It really builds your credibility with your viewers. This is your chance to make the best first impression you can…
Let me give you an example and you can decide for yourself.
Here is just an example of what a client was using, an old shot from many years ago, needed to be updated to look a bit more modern and to reflect what he looks like now. His employer insisted upon the updated one… Now Robert can see why….