Women executives often ask, in professional headshot sessions, is editing a portrait really necessary or even helpful?
Is facility with Photoshop even a consideration when looking for your next headshot photographers?
As we can clearly see in this example of the executive headshot of the professional businesswoman portrayed here, the initial headshot, the unedited version on frame right, is a pretty strong image.
Yet, when we look at the polished, edited version on frame left, we see how much more polished and crisp, how much more ‘professional’ the headshot with editing appears.
What might be a better question is, how does editing impact my final headshot portrait?
In the edited and unedit examples here, both these portraits are very much of the very same executive. Yet, one is clearly more polished, more impactful, more engaging.
Clearly, both these portraits convey the same qualified individual, at the top of their game.
However, which of these head shot images convey this executive’s intended message more clearly?
It’s about suiting up and showing up.
It’s about polish.
It’s about attention to detail.
Your headshot conveys, silently and usually subconsciously, countless messages about you.
Editing, while keeping it real, says a bit more about your attention to detail and professionalism. Probably a bit of the reason you were looking to update your image, in keeping with your ongoing advancement in your career and profession.
What has been done to enhance the headshot?
- The lighting and vignette were adjusted, bringing the viewer more into the subject’s face
- Distractions were eliminated by evening skin textures, toning down sun spots, and trimming up fly away hairs
- Eyes were brightened, to bring more focus to the eyes and face
What we have left is a very polished professional headshot of a very polished and capable business executive.
While the effect is also of huge benefit to kicking up male executive headshots, for women, a picture is worth a thousand words. Look and decide for yourself editing’s worth to your headshot and career. If it’s important you look your best you, editing (well done) is the way we recommend to go.
To see what this image might look like in a black and white executive portrait, click here.