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First Impressions: Why You Need a Good Headshot.

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 proves that in our online-driven world, especially in Silicon Valley, your headshot is either helping you or hurting you.

Men's headshot in dark jacket on dark background with masculine lighting in the Professional Headshots Palo Alto studio.
Devin Fee, Engineer. His confidence and approachability are easy to see.

You can’t control how others judge you, but you can influence the decision-makers who are important to your success with a great professional headshot that makes you look like a winner.

In my photoshoots, I coach people to bring out the best version of themselves. My goal is to show you as a confident and approachable professional that everyone wants on their team.

People will first see you in today's digital age on social media sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, a personal website, or in a press release. Using a great executive headshot allows you to define and direct people's judgments about you in that crucial 1/10 second.

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Dean Birinyi is an award-winning photographer, founder, and owner of Professional Headshots Palo Alto. He specializes in expression coaching to guide his customers on presenting themselves as confident, approachable professionals ready for the next opportunity.

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