Vanessa Laval-Glad from LAVAL Photo & Video shares with us the importance of have an outstanding headshot.
In today’s world, people Google prospective clients, hires and businesses. We form an instant impression based on the image we see. Having an outstanding headshot isn’t just a nice thing to have; it’s an invaluable tool; a necessity to succeed these days. If you present yourself as a professional, your headshot needs to portray that. In such a competitive world, why handicap yourself with a clearly inferior headshot? Would you come to a job interview wearing sweatpants? That’s the same as having a sub-par headshot. What’s more, it’s a crucial competitive tool to have multiple personal promotional images.
Many of us feel that we are not naturally photogenic. As a result, amateur photography can actually end up making you look nothing like you do in person…and definitely not your best. A professional photographer that specialises in headshots, knows how to position you, how to choose the best backdrop and how to use lighting to get the best shot possible.
Wear something that makes you feel good!!
I believe you should dress as you would in your work environment. If you are a business executive, wear a suit. If you do work in the business world and have a bit more flexibility with your “work uniform,” choose colours that are flattering to your skin tone and hair colour. In general, solid colours are better than patterns. For men, a brightly coloured (but not too bold) tie paired with a classic white shirt and dark-toned suit is a nice choice.
I usually advise having your hair and make-up done. A professional make-up artist will know how to accentuate your best features, minimise shine and even out skin tone. Getting pampered before your shoot not only makes you look a million dollars; it also gives you a little boost in confidence!
You are your brand and first impressions can’t be un-done.
Vanessa has a pop studio in Red Square Tauranga until March 12th and she is offering BWN subscribers 20% off a personal branding session when booking your session on line. Simply enter POPUP20 when booking your session online.