Whipping out your phone and taking a quick selfie is certainly the easiest way to get a headshot for your business or LinkedIn profile, but it’s not necessarily the right way. Investing in a professionally-taken headshot is extremely beneficial to your career and business. Here’s why:
It creates a better first impression
Whether we like it or not, people judge us based on our appearance. In a phenomenon that psychologists call “think slicing,” people create a first impression just within the first few seconds of seeing you. A selfie—no matter how many filters you put on it—doesn’t give off a good first impression. Instead, it shows that you didn’t put the time and effort behind your headshot, and that you’re not taking your career seriously enough. A professional headshot, however, shows your dedication and commitment, not to mention that it’ll look better than any kind of selfie filter.
A headshot is necessary for branding
Branding is extremely important—it conveys the character of your business as well as an emotional tie to your customers. Getting a professional headshot for yourself and your employees will ensure that each picture portrays the right message to your clientele. And considering that you will use this headshot for almost everything that has to do with your career, it’s important to make sure it’s done well by a photographer who knows what they’re doing.
A professional knows what they’re doing
A professional photographer knows what they’re doing—they understand how to use light, shadow, depth, lines, vantage points, and more to their advantage. As such, they’ll know how to make you look your best. They’ll also be able to craft the right message you’re trying to say with your headshot which can further help with branding.
We at Gruber Photographer believe that headshots are vital to your professional life; that’s why our photographers have dedicated, on average, nearly two decades to the craft. For a more intensive look at our portfolio, head to our sister site, New York Headshot Photographer, or call us at 212-262-9777 to schedule an appointment.