Proud of Your LinkedIn Headshot?

I did a favor for a friend of mine who is in town as an intern for a member of the Senate and who is starting graduate school soon. Doing this favor for him was highly rewarding for me, given his reaction.

In the hour following the delivery of his headshots, I got an email back and a couple texts.

“Wow – I’m speechless. These are honestly incredible, Jon.”

“Dude I can’t stop smiling looking at these pictures. Like in all seriousness, I look at them, and I gain a whole new level of confidence.”

Is your LinkedIn profile picture something you’re proud of? Does it raise your confidence level? Are you happy with the image of yourself you’re putting out to the professional world? For most professionals, their LinkedIn profile pages are arguably the place for first impressions.

Have a firm handshake? Your first impression is often long gone by the time you shake someone’s hand.

Able to carry on a conversation with a new acquaintance and put them at ease? Too late! In many cases, potential and current partners, bosses, and colleagues have already sized you up by the time you say hello.

Getting down to it, if your career path is in anyway affected by what people think of you, you need a killer headshot.

I will address what I think makes a killer headshot in a future blog post, but you can take a look at my work here.

My name is Jon Meadows, and I am the headshot photographer and expression coach at High-End Headshots based in Washington, D.C. I am honored to be an associate headshot photographer of Peter Hurley, who runs the Headshot Crew.