People love a winner. According to a 2018 research paper published in the Association of Psychological Science, Irmak Okten writes that people first impressions about other people's character, such as trustworthiness and competence based on how they look. It’s the human thing to do. According to a 2016 research on first impressions, two Princeton researchers found that people make lasting judgments about other people within the first 1/10 second of meeting/seeing them. This p
We all want to look good. Looking at our best helps us make good first impressions and feel good about ourselves. My customers value their professional image and want to look better than usual in their headshots, and I don’t blame them. In today's online world, the first time most people see you are in your headshot. Headshots are everywhere, on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, company websites, press releases, and book jackets. You can’t get away from them, and they’re becomin
It’s not your job to look good in your photos. It’s my job to make you look good. Celebrities always look so good in their headshots and on the cover of magazines because they have been taught how to be photographed well. The first few minutes of my headshot sessions are all about training. I train my customers how to be photographed well: address the camera, position their head to look their best, etc. Meanwhile, I’m learning how to photograph them. I look for their “good si
It probably hasn’t crossed your mind, but this photo trick makes a world of difference. I’m always getting compliments on how great people look in my headshots. It’s not just the contemporary lighting, uncluttered backgrounds, wardrobe, and hairstyling. That’s all really important, of course. Bad lighting, messy hair, or wrinkled clothes will ruin an otherwise great photo as well...but, want to know my secret weapon? My “Secret Weapon” is….
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Headshots Build Trust and Speak of Your Character In today’s online world, where you never actually meet your customers, collaborators, and contractors, your headshots are as important as your handshake used to be. You can’t meet everyone important to your success face to face these days, but you can make a great first impression with great headshots. Your headshots are either helping you build trust with the decision-makers you must influence, or they're hurting you. As a pr
How any man can get great headshots. The tips for men's headshots tend to be limited to choosing ties and wear a dark suit, but there’s a lot more men can do to get great headshots. 1. Express yourself Whether you’re an attorney, CEO, engineer, or realtor, the single most important thing I can tell a man about his headshots is that they are all about your personality. Present yourself as a unique individual, not a stereotypical cutout of a member of your profession. You’re a
Most of the women’s business portraits I create are for those making great advances in their careers: seeking board positions, promotion to executive status or C-suite, starting their own business, or going on the speaker's circuit. They’ve worked hard to develop their skills and expertise. They dress the part and move in the right circles. The final component of their success package is their executive headshot. Do what successful people do, and you will be successful, too.