Getting a chance to photograph portrait head shots is a great way for us to utilize our off camera lighting if we can’t get outdoors.
Danyal is one of our family members that is finished up a Business Degree and was in need of portraits.
In today’s world professional headshots are becoming a priority. With the shift of walk-in interviews to LinkedIn, it’s more important now than ever to have an updated portrait. The entire interview process is now online, from the search, to the application, to even corresponding.
Cell phones images can be distracting especially with clutter in the background or poor lighting. Blurry or out of focus images could prevent you from even landing a job.
Any old and outdated images will also do you a huge disservice. If you’ve changed your hair, it will need to show for your potential employers.
Keeping a clean, classic look is key when it comes to a professional images. Stick to classic styles and fits as well as colors. A pattern can become distracting and take away from the position you are trying to gain.
Danyal is an aspiring student at Georgetown University, with just under a year left to finish a Business Degree. He’s currently working his way up with the innovative company, Dyson, and already killing it in the success game. With such a bright future head, Danyal knew he needed up to date images – the selfie image on his iphone just wasn’t cutting it.
He’s headed towards a corporate position, ready to dive into video and website resumes. He put together three different looks with a classic tan suit paired with a black shirt as well as a blue suit paired with a white dress shirt. He chose ties that complimented the colors and styles well and photographed a few without. Towards the end, he opted for a casual look for possible future openings in software or casual settings.
You don’t need all of your headshots taken in a suit. Or even a fancy studio to shoot in. Believe it or not, the images below were all photographed in an apartment against a blank white wall. Off camera lighting and umbrellas were used to be able to light each image evenly.
Having close up, standing, and sitting shots are all great ways to be to use your images on your website, LinkedIn, and any social media sites your future employer will see. Most employers now a days will check your current feeds and look for professionalism throughout.
They want to see how you represent yourselves even when you’re not at the company.
You should always look natural and relaxed in your images. There’s no need to get fancy with posing. A simple strong stance will do. A gesture such as holding a jacket end creates a natural movement in image that isn’t too distracting. A few portraits smiling and without a smile are also good to have.
One of the best parts is when you land a job, you’ll have images on hand to use on your new company’s website. Most company’s have an “About the Team” page and more than likely you will be added as a member.
As you get assigned to tasks and duties, you may be asked to create social media accounts specific to your position.
Professional portraits can be used to display on these feeds.