I get it - headshots are weird, right? They don't have to be! You can even get a little creative. The thing I love about headshots is this is an opportunity for you to pinpoint exactly how you want to be perceived. Check out this quick guide as to why you should think about getting some good headshots!
1. Career shifts
This one is a no brainer, and I've experienced this myself! When I entered the workforce straight out of college I honestly believed I wanted to work in corporate America. One of the first things I did was suit up in a a blazer, curled my hair, threw on some pearls and said "let's do this"! And guess what, that headshot helped me look a hell of a lot more professional than I probably was. That being said, I did go to work in corporate America and it 110% was not for me. I'm so thankful for that learning experience and the next time around, I made sure to really think about who I wanted to be and what fit my personality. When I decide to shift to digital marketing at an agency, not only did I adjust my resume, I updated my headshot to be a more true representation of how I present myself - and THANK GOD I did! I felt more myself and that made me feel so much more confident. That confidence helped me find the company I work for now and I couldn't feel more myself.
2. Networking Purposes
A lot of people are terrible with names, but great with faces. Having a good headshot can really help as you network in your industry. Platforms like LinkedIn make this an even smaller world and building your network full of helpful, talented people is key in growing your business! Make sure you're representing yourself well while you're out in the field building relationships!
3. Publications & Features
I have so many friends and colleagues working hard in their respective industries and being featured in blog articles or large publications but they scramble to find a decent photo last minute. This usually results in them finding a photo from a friends wedding 3+ years ago where they crop out their significant other and send it on through. Don't be that person. Having 2-3 updated quality photos can be a life saver for these moments. You want to be taken seriously when you get these moments to shine - don't sell yourself short.
In the end, getting some updated headshots will never hurt! Whether it's through Hyde&Co or another local photographer, please, please, please get your headshots done! You've worked hard to get where you are, so don't let one bad photo slow you down!
One of the first questions I get when someone books a photo session with me is often "What should I wear?" The answer is - whatever makes you the most comfortable! That being said, I've put together a few tips for you to reference that may help you get the clean, crisp photos you're looking for if you're working with me!
1. Keep it neutral
In my opinion, your clothes aren't the most important piece of the photo - what you're wearing should really accent or add value to the photo instead of drawing attention away from your face or the subject of the photo (maybe it's baby toes, to wedding rings etc.) I personally love solid colors because we can play off of that much more with backdrops and contrasts.
2. Leave out the patterns
Similar to the above, patterns can be really distracting. Imagine if you're wearing a plaid shirt, your partner is wearing a different plaid shirt, and you're in a place with a busy background. That's a lot happening! Your faces are key to most pictures and we want to make sure that we aren't pulling attention away from you!
3. Wear something you love
Most people I meet don't love getting their picture taken. That being said, it get's exponentially worse when you're in poses that aren't comfortable or natural to you and even worse when you're dressed outside of your comfort zone. If you're looking for awkward photos - do those 3 things I just mentioned (LOL). If you're looking for more natural, wear your favorite outfit and choose to have photos done in a place you're familiar with. This will give you the upper hand in feeling more comfortable and you'll be much happier with the final outcome!
Basically, what it comes down to is pick something simple and pick something you love wearing! There really isn't much worse than feeling uncomfortable at a photo shoot and I want to help you eliminate the unnecessary variables so that you do have a great experience!