The Perfect Executive Headshot Engages Potential Connections

In less than 1 second, we made our first impression according to Vanessa Van Edwards, a human behavior expert. More and more often, first impressions are being made online. 

Our executive headshots are where each person's eyes spend their first second with their attention on our picture.

We might be in our pajamas watching Netflix when someone visits our online profile or sees us on social media. They might become a trusted advisor or a valuable business partner if they have a good first impression of us. 

The only control we have over that first impression is which pictures we put out to the public. Have we invested in a high-end executive headshot, or are we using a picture of us from a vacation?

What does our executive headshot say about us?

Does it convey confidence, competence, and approachability?

Would someone want to do business with us based on the picture? Does it show us as a confident person who is capable in our areas of specialization? Does it instill confidence in the viewer that we are trustworthy and reliable?

Would someone want do business with us? 

Does it look like we're a killjoy or does it look like we might have fun at some point in a 24-hour day? Do we look like we'd be a bore? 

Would someone want to hang out with us? 

The perfect executive headshot will create a feeling of connection between the viewer and us, even though we have no idea our profile is being viewed by our future business partner, boss, or client. If we have a fake smile plastered on our faces, we won't make the connection. 

Check out the other eight characteristics of the perfect executive headshot.

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.