The Perfect Professional Headshot Engages Potential Connections

Our professional headshots are where each person's eyes spend their first second on our social media profiles or websites. We might be in our pajamas watching Netflix when someone sees our headshots. They might be a great connection if they choose to reach out to us. They might offer us a job, connect us to someone who can hire us, or become a trusted advisor.  The only control we have over that first impression is which picture we upload. Have we invested in a high-end headshot, or are we using a picture of us from a vacation? What does our professional headshot say about us?

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The Perfect Executive Headshot Engages Potential Connections

Our executive headshots are where each person's eyes spend their first second on our social media profiles or websites. We might be in our pajamas watching Netflix when someone visits our profile. They might be a great connection if they choose to reach out to us. They might offer us a job, connect us to someone who can hire us, or become a trusted advisor.  The only control we have over that first impression is which picture we upload. Have we invested in a high-end headshot, or are we using a picture of us from a vacation? What does our executive headshot say about us?

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The Perfect Executive Headshot Shows Our Faces

When we meet to do business, we shake hands with the person and look them in the face. Why wouldn't professionals' headshots be that close and personal? Viewing someone's profile should match meeting them in person in a professional environment.That's why the perfect executive headshot will show your face. It's the first handshake and face-to-face, even if it is only one direction. Other executives and professionals are meeting us through our executive headshots.

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The Perfect Executive Headshot Has No Distractions

Executive headshots should draw the viewer into subject's eyes, making them feel connected to this stranger. In fact, it should go a long way toward not making them think of the subject as a stranger. If the viewer is thinking, “Wow. What is up with that person’s makeup?” or “What is that strange background? Where was this person?” then our executive headshots or profile pictures are tripping us up. That’s why a clean white or grey background is the background of choice for High-End Headshots and why it’s important to have a headshot photographer with a great eye for detail and who cares about the details.

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The Perfect Executive Headshot Projects Competence, Confidence, and Approachability

For 99 percent of us, our faces change when we step in front of a camera, especially in a studio with a professional photographer. So we have three options: get by with a selfie or a picture from a wedding or a vacation (this is not really an option for executive headshots), go to a typical headshot photographer and hope for the best (this is better), or go to a headshot photographer who can coach us back to our normal competent, confident, approachable selves.

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The Perfect Executive Headshot Matches a (Good) Professional Brand

Our brands should be reflected in our headshots. That is everything from the general look of the headshot, to our hair (and makeup for women), and clothing, and our expressions. For a general overview of the types of clothes and makeup that work best in front of the camera, look here. It all comes down to this though. If we want to be a CEO, we should not be wearing a polo shirt in our headshot, shouldn’t use a picture of us on a night out with friends, and shouldn’t use a picture from a wedding or vacation.

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