When you are effectively portrayed at your best in your headshot, you may well get a better job faster, make more money, land more of the right clients, and possibly even improve your dating or romantic prospects.
Your headshot is very simply an investment you make in yourself and for your future which pays off many fold and very quickly.
According to Salary.com, your looks improve your prospects in several ways:
- Looking better definitely effects $ & ♥
- Being taller means more $ & ♥
- Being fit means more $ & ♥
- Proper Styling means more $ & ♥
While some of these seem like they would not be effected by a well done headshot, like how can my headshot make me look taller or more fit? … A skilled photographer indeed can make you look taller or slimmer or even more fit through use of proper lighting patterns and by shooting angles.
For example, when we shoot up at a subject, we appear to be looking up at the person, this makes them feel taller. Conversely, when we shoot from a higher angle down on a subject, we appear to be looking down on them, and so they appear more diminutive and shorter.
By lighting one side of the face and leaving another in moderate shadows, the play of light has a slimming effect and so on.
While competence and experience are key, all other things aside, looks make a definite difference in who gets the job, the higher raise, or have more romantic prospects.
Your headshot is often the first and last impression you make. Be sure to make your headshot an effective representation of you at your best.
Even if you do not look like your headshot every day. Just letting people see how good you can look in pictures tells them you’ve got more than they may see right now. This is basic biology which is serious business.
Look for a photographer with the skill to make you look your best, and to get just the right expression from you in your next headshot.
While any photographer can and will typically be glad to take your headshot, and your money, an effective headshot requires polished skill in this specific technical art form.
Finding a photographer who specializes in headshots is therefore paramount.
When examining the body of a photographers headshot work, the images should be pretty much technically perfect, which you may not be able to readily determine if you are not yourself a headshot photographer.
Foremost, what you can look for and see for yourself is:
- Will the photographer’s style meet your needs?
- Do the people portrayed look as though they are people you would may like to engage?
What to look for in headshot photo styles:
For example, if you need a white background, does the photographer shoot on those kinds of backgrounds?
If you need dramatic lighting, does the photographer demonstrate this style effectively in their work?
Does the photographer have people of your age well portrayed?
And so on.
Are the headshots portrayed engaging?
What is it that makes a person’s headshot engaging?
Basically, it is about the expression.
Let’s face it, we all kind of look kind of how we look.
What makes us engaging is our expression.
Do the headshots have expressions which engage you, or do they look kind of flat, overly smiley, where being overly smiley is not appropriate and so on.
A truly skilled headshot photographer is all about crafting your expression.
If your photographer will be able to craft an engaging headshot portrait of you, his (or her) porfolio should clearly demonstrate engaging expressions.
Look for a photographer whose work regularly demonstrates headshots with expressions which engage you with the person being portrayed.
If the photographer’s work, in the headshot genre (professional, acting, dating, etc) you are seeking for yourself engages you, hire that photographer.