The Perfect Headshot Shows Our Faces

Can people see our eyes in our executive profile pictures immediately? Everyone says a picture is worth a thousand words, but how can we say we have a perfect headshot if people cannot see our eyes? 

The eyes are the window to the soul, even in a picture. 

The accomplished Phoenix headshot photographer Cindy Quinn emphasizes the importance of the crop to build connection: “If you can’t see someone’s eyes you have never met, you can’t really connect with them. That’s why filling the frame with the face is important for every professional and executive.”

Somewhere around 60% of the executive headshots should be our faces, so people can connect with us, even when we have no idea they are on our profiles. 

Not only should it show our faces, but it should show our faces looking at the camera. We should look engaged with onlookers.

Think about the kind of shots where people are looking off to the side, or anywhere but the camera. The kinds that come to mind are fashion and beauty shoots. Those are not meant to connect professionals to other professionals.  

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? A perfect executive headshot should be like meeting them in person in a professional environment.

That's why the perfect executive headshot will show our faces. It's the first handshake and face-to-face, even if it is only one direction. Professionals are meeting us through our headshots.

Let's take a look at our executive headshots we're currently using. Does it show our faces prominently? 

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.