5 Common Business Headshot Mistakes

5 Common Business Headshot Mistakes

We are living in a digital world. So your online look is very important. Especially on LinkedIn. The opportunities job recruiters looking you up to put a face to your resume is very likely going to happen. So investing in a professional business headshot to best market yourself online allows you to be seen in the now. Below are the five mistakes keeping you from your next gig.

Your Business Headshot Doesn’t Look Professional

Your profile picture is the cornerstone of your personal brand in this digital world. If you don’t have a professional picture on, say, your LinkedIn page, you are not putting your best foot forward. Using that selfie photo with a poll or distracting background represent you? Not a great idea

Choosing the Wrong Type of Attire

Dress how you would at work. If you don’t wear a tie or a hat to work, don’t wear one in your headshot session. Stay away from busy patterns. When booking with a professional headshot photographer they suggest that you bring multiple outfits so you can find a look that makes everything pop.

Men, make sure you know How to Prepare for Your Headshot if You Have Facial Hair

Your Facial Expression is Missing the Mark

The most common mistake is the expression. A forced smile will make you look fake and overeager. A deer in the headlights or a stiff look is just as bad. Who wants to hire someone who doesn’t show big time confidence? 

Skip the poses, keep it simple, and add a hint of a grin to make yourself look approachable.

Your Photo is Outdated

Profile pictures need to be present. Having a cool vintage photos will not present the present you. You should be updating every two years and if any major change your appearance happens. An outdated picture can suggest you’re just going through the motions and not going to get ahead in today’s competitive market.

Your Photo Has Poor Lighting Or a Bad Background

You want people to look at you—not whatever is going on behind you. 

It’s  so important that you take the time to invest in finding a professional to take your headshot. Okay i get it, your friend is pretty good with portrait mode But chances are, your friend doesn’t have the proper lighting equipment to prevent dark undereye circles and sullen skin make sure your jawline is perfect and making sure the confidence is coming through the eyes..Invest in a pro.

Just for Men: How to Prepare for Your Headshot if You Have Facial Hair

Just for Men: How to Prepare for Your Headshot if You Have Facial Hair

Are you wondering if you should shave your facial hair before having your headshot taken? There’s no hard and fast rule, but my take on it for most situations is: Yes, please. 🙂

Before Your Headshot

If you do decide to shave, you’re going to have to do it well. You don’t want to cut corners. You’ll be surprised to hear that a lot of men don’t do a great job when it comes to shaving. I myself find at times that there are spots where I missed and I wouldn’t want my headshot to catch that, especially now with the super ultra high definition cameras that pick out the smallest details. You will see every pore!

I suggest to go to a professional barber. I know you can make time to do it!

Confidence Booster

The benefits are two-fold:
1) You know the shave is going to look amazing
2) You will be able to relax for your headshot knowing that it will look perfect.

Getting a shave in preparation for your headshot

Remember, when having your professional headshot taken, understand that the look will be with you for some time (at the very least, 2 years).

Plan Your Looks

Note that if you want a couple “looks”, and your 5 o’clock shadow is part of your style that you should come in wearing your stubble and then if you have time, schedule a second session after a shave, so you will have options. 

Shaving Tips

Here are some additional shaving tips for your headshot:

Wearing a goatee for a mens headshot
  1. Make sure you plan ahead and go to a professional barber if you are not wanting two different looks and you feel you’re not the best at giving yourself the best shave ever. It’s probably the most important shave of the year!
  2. If you decide to shave on your own, make sure that you put on aftershave to sooth and cool down the skin.
  3. If your look is the George Michael five-o-clock shadow, ask yourself, does it hide your jaw line and give you a double chin effect? If so, then I’d go clean shaven.
  4. Allow for at least an hour after your shave before having your headshot taken. It allows the skin to cool and any redness will be gone.
  5. Make sure you’re drinking lots of water prior to your headshot. After the shave it will help your skin stay hydrated.
  6. If you have a beard or mustache, have it professionally trimmed.

These may seem like little details but following these tips will make a huge difference in the final polished look of your headshot. 

Corporate Headshots

How badly do you want to stand out of the pack? In today’s digital landscape, it is more and more important to stand out. Having professional headshots are now integral in building and maintaining a professional reputation and brand. The Bay Area is a major hub for entrepreneurs and startups, small and large. One quick search on LinkedIn will show you that there’s a multitude of average headshots, un-customized banners, and images that are not carefully composed and have poles, signs, and other distracting objects in the background.  People are realizing that today, a great headshot is essential in building and maintaining a professional reputation. For entrepreneurs and businesses, having a rich and consistent image library for websites, marketing, and social media is essential for promoting your brand. People will search for you online, it’s my goal to make sure what they see when they search for you is a person whose headshot represents them in the very best way—confident, approachable, and professional.