We live in an age where it’s easier than ever to pull out a mobile phone, snap a photo, and post it immediately on social media for hundreds, if not thousands to see. While the convenience of a selfie can’t be denied, like most things, there’s a time and a place for them. In the professional world, where first impressions matter, your headshot is your digital handshake, and a selfie just won’t do the trick.
Keeping your headshot up to date is more than just taking a new picture. There’s actually a cost to neglecting this critical image and not making this investment in your career.
You deserve a headshot that communicates the essence of your professional identity. Let me share how an outdated headshot affects you and offer a solution moving forward.
The Impact of an Outdated Headshot
Imagine handing someone a business card with a ten-year-old photo of yourself. While we all wish we could find the fountain of youth, your professional headshots must evolve with your age and style. An outdated headshot can misrepresent who you are now. It might not seem like a big deal, but first impressions are everything.
Your headshot is often the initial connection potential clients, employers, or colleagues make with you. An outdated photo can cause confusion if you look different. A selfie or mobile phone photo comes across as unprofessional and may cause a level of distrust that’s hard to get back.
Is that a big deal? If you are currently using a mobile phone photo, it comes across as, well, unprofessional. We all know how competitive every aspect of life, both personal and professional, is here in Washington DC. Fair or not, people form impressions in a split second. That old, unprofessional headshot might be what keeps you from being considered for that next great opportunity. The group you are interested in might not have the time or be bothered to dig further into your qualifications.
The truth is that if your professional headshot is more than a few years old, it’s noticable. It might be a subtle difference in your hairstyle or the fact that you’re just a little older than you were. The purpose of a new headshot isn’t to make you look old; it’s to look more like yourself. We can update your headshot so that it looks and feels like you and reflects your current level of experience and expertise.
Why You Need an Updated Headshot
A professional headshot can convey trustworthiness and approachability, which are invaluable assets in every industry. Statistics show that LinkedIn members with a photo receive far more engagement: 21 times more profile views and 9 times more connection requests. A good headshot speaks louder than words and can open doors that would otherwise remain closed.
Updating your headshot doesn’t have to be a pain! My stress-free headshot process ensures a headshot that you’ll love in an efficient studio setting.
The Financial Cost of Not Updating Your Headshot
Investing in an updated headshot is an investment in your career, your brand, and your success. Your headshot is your first impression, and we want to make it count. Your headshot should look and feel like you. Consider this: a potential client, employer, or investor stumbles upon your outdated headshot while researching your online presence. By looking at your outdated headshot, they might miss out on what you truly have to offer. They aren’t able to get a feel for who you are. As a result, they decide to explore other options. Of course, I can’t offer an exact number, but this missed opportunity can translate to lost opportunities and revenue. If you are a business owner, you can deduct your headshot as a business expense.
Headshot & Branding Photography in Washington DC
The price you pay for an updated headshot is a small fraction of the cost you could incur by not updating your headshot.
I’ve dedicated countless hours to perfecting the art of posing and lighting to ensure my clients look their best.
With my expert guidance and support, your headshot session can be a seamless and natural experience, boosting your confidence along the way. Contact me today to book your initial call.