Why You Need a Professional Headshot

In today’s world, standing out amongst competitors in overly saturated industries can feel challenging. A professional headshot can help set you apart and display your personality and personal brand.

What is a Headshot?

A headshot is a versatile portrait-style photo, typically capturing the subject from the shoulders and up. It can be tailored to suit various purposes, from professional and serious for job applications, to casual and fun for social media profiles. Whether you’re an actor, model, or job seeker, a well-crafted headshot can be a game-changer in your professional journey.

Where to Use Your Headshot

Headshots can be used for a variety of purposes, such as:

  • Employee photos
  • Hiring websites including LinkedIn or Indeed
  • Resumes
  • Social media profile photos
  • Business cards and other printed products
  • Email signatures
  • Publications such as magazines or newspapers
  • Meetings and conferences
  • Discussion boards

What Your Headshot Shows About You

From a professional perspective, your headshot can show your level of dedication and determination. When searching for a new job, having a glowing professional headshot attached to your resume or portfolio shows the efforts you have made toward your professionalism and efforts to stand out above the rest.

If you are a business owner, having your headshot on printed products such as business cards, brochures, and flyers can show your dedication towards customer relationships, and shows the confidence you have in your business.

Additionally, using a professional headshot can help create consistency amongst your brand. Whether it be a personal or professional brand, people are more likely to correlate your photo to your name, and brand, giving you better recognition.

How to Style Your Headshot

It’s important to know the purpose of your headshot before capturing it. A tip to keep in mind when planning out your headshot: make your photo universal so you can use it for multiple scenarios.

Professional Use

A simple and polished headshot is best if you use your headshot on your resume and hiring websites such as LinkedIn or Indeed. Have a professional look— appropriate clothing, groomed hair, and a clean, touched-up face if desired. Consider what a potential employer might want to see when searching for candidates.

Personal Use

When it comes to your headshot for your personal blog, portfolio, or social media accounts, the key is to make it uniquely you. You can take control and pose in a way that reflects your personality or experiment with different facial expressions to create an engaging image. The power is in your hands.

Factors to Consider for the Perfect Headshot

  1. Good lighting
  2. Appropriate clothing
  3. Retouching / editing if necessary
  4. Flattering facial expression and pose
  5. Professional photography

When it comes to capturing the perfect headshot, it’s crucial to consider all these factors. These are the elements that will truly set your photo apart and make a significant difference in your personal or professional image. At Bridgeforth Photographics, we’re here to help you make that difference. We’ll assist you in achieving the best angles, lighting, and every other detail, including facial expressions and editing if necessary.

Contact Bridgeforth Photographics for Your Next Great Headshot!

Headshots are crucial tools in the professional world today. Knowing what a headshot is, where to use it, what it shows about you from an experienced perspective, and how to properly style it to achieve the perfect headshot will be a powerful tool for you both professionally and personally. Look to Bridgeforth Photographics to capture your professional headshot today!