What’s the point in having professional headshots when you own a perfect good camera that you can use to take a perfectly good shot of yourself?
Well, quite simply, they’ll look homemade and unprofessional, and will also make you look cheap!
It won’t capture you at the best angle, in the best light, and it certainly won’t be able to capture that perfect impression that exudes your personality.
These are few things that you may have to pay a professional headshot photographer (Like Peter Hurley) to do for you, because they’re skilled at how to do all these things!
Even if you own a fine digital SLR camera with a timer, you won’t be able to take a great headshot. Photos from these types of cameras can be shored on Facebook, but you cannot use them for your or your business.
You don’t have the very best and expensive lighting system that can bring out the very best in your skin tones, and even if you arrange that, you can’t evoke that kind of spontaneous laugher or glint in your eyes,
Today people prefer to do business only those they know, like and trust. Having business headshots helps people feel as if they know you even before they’ve met. A polished business headshots taken by a professional photographer (in a big city like Toronto) can convey an image of professionalism for your company.
Past research shows that people spend more time looking at photographs on websites than on text, so it’s very important that some of these photos are of people that run the company.
Profiles on networking websites such as LinkedIn are not complete unless you add a professional photo. You need professional headshots on your LinkedIn profile. This photo should be same as the one across all social media platforms, on your site, and other platforms that represent you or your business.
You see, you don’t just pay a headshot photographer for their ability to use expensive lights and equipment, but also for their expertise in the way they position you, the things they say to evoke spontaneous, warm expressions that will make you look friendly, approachable, yet professional. Top class guys among them can also take actor headshots.
Choosing a Headshot Photographer
- Seek recommendations- Choosing a good photographer is not easy. After all, there are so many of them to choose from. So how would you know who’s who? Once again, networking comes in handy. Ask your family and friends. Who did they use for headshots the last time? Was it a comfortable and pleasant experience? Did they get their money’s worth?
- Do your research-You should examine their portfolio. Are they good headshots? Many photographers have their websites so you can do that right from the comforts of your home.
- Finally, setup a meeting with the photographer. Are they trustworthy, pleasant, and focused on their work?
At this time, you’d want to agree on a date for your photo shoot. And more than likely, your headshot photographer will ask for a small deposit, which will go toward his fee.
A good headshot photographer is worth their weight in gold, and even if you’re not a business owner, if you’re on the job market, it can make a huge difference to whether people in companies pick up the phone to talk to you, or send you that email that could mean a very lucrative opportunity for you.
You’ll never get a second chance to make a first impression, so make sure you show yourself in your best possible way, especially when you’re likely to “meet” hundreds of people online for expanding your business or for networking. A headshot by a professional photographer is all that counts!
This article is provided by Houmaan Photography, offering professional headshots and portrait photography in Toronto.