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Why professional headshots are vital to convey professionalism – Mainebiz

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Many of us have been cloistered in our homes during the pandemic since March of 2020. May of us have missed hair appointments, workouts at the gym, and clothes shopping trips. We have hardly had any public events, and we haven’t had to think about our physical appearance. We may have mastered the art of the Zoom call where we put on a jacket and button-down shirt while wearing sweatpants below camera view. 
That said, as a professional in business, it is vital to have a high-quality head shot that you can use on LinkedIn, or easily provide to the media or to an event organizer upon request. A headshot is a tool in our toolbox that is essential to show up in a professional way. 
Investing in a high-quality, professionally taken and edited headshot is an investment in your personal brand. It shows you at your best, the way you want prospective clients, employers, professional peers and even the public to see you. 
Many of us are not naturally photogenic. As a result, amateur photography can end up making us look nothing like we do in person — and definitely not at our best. A professional photographer who specializes in headshots knows how to position you, how to choose the best backdrop and how to use lighting to get the best shot possible.
A photographer can also advise you on the best type of clothing and colors to wear. I believe you should dress as you would in your work environment. If you are a business executive, wear a suit. If you are a doctor or nurse, wear your lab coat. If you are a fishing guide, dress in what you would wear on the water. If you do work in the business world and have a bit more flexibility with your “work uniform,” choose colors that are flattering to your skin tone and hair color. In general, solid colors are better than patterns. For men, a brightly colored (but not too bold) tie paired with a classic button-down shirt and dark-toned suit is a nice choice. For women, wear something that keeps the emphasis on your face and your smile and stay away from busy prints and bold designs. 
Now that social media has taken on such an important role in promoting our professional abilities, having an impact-making headshot is more important than ever. Since every social media platform requires a profile image, your headshot will have a far-reaching web presence in addition to more traditional uses like the staff page of your organization’s website and publication in conference or speaking engagement–related materials. Every professional should have a LinkedIn profile with a professional head shot. Using a snapshot that your nephew took at the family wedding reception and cropping everyone else out of the shot is just not appropriate. 
So, are you still wondering if you need to invest in a professionally taken headshot?
Here are six reasons why you should:
Professional headshots aren’t just for top executives anymore. Everybody needs one. If you don’t have one already, I encourage you to seek out a skilled headshot photographer and check it off your “to do” list. With a great headshot, your professionalism and unique personality will shine through, opening the doors to new opportunity and new business.
 

 
Nancy Marshall is the founder of Marshall Communications, a PR firm specializing in tourism, economic development and health care. She also hosts “The PR Maven Podcast,” focusing on PR and personal branding for professionals. She can be reached at [email protected]
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