Why do I need a headshot?

 

Three Reasons You Need a Professional Headshot for Your Social Media Accounts

1. The Google Factor  

The first thing anyone does before they hire a new employee, make a purchase or contract a new business is… to look you up online. So, what story is your social media photo telling about you? 

First impressions will always be important but now that so many of our initial interactions are online, virtual personal branding has become as important as the firm handshake once was in introducing yourself to the world. In our physically disconnected world, where so many of our connections are made online, it’s more important than ever for people to sense your authenticity and your personality. From LinkedIn to Pinterest, the way you represent yourself matters.

2. Branding

Look the part; be the professional you are. Making a small finical investment in a photo shoot will show that you take yourself and your career seriously. A good headshot will inspire confidence!. A Professional Headshot give you a unique individual brand while you’re “at your best” in the shortest time possible.

3. Stand Out

It’s true that people LOVE websites, social media, Twitter, Google, and they’re addicted to their smart phones. But people are people and still gravitate towards other humans! One of the best ways you can possibly stand out (on your websites and on social media) is by presenting yourself at your best and that doesn't mean a selfie!!!!  A great shot helps to identify who you are, showcases yourself at your best, and also gives a personal touch. 

It's time to put the selfie stick away (at least for this purpose) and allow yourself to be your very best!

 

Preparing for Your Headshot

Choose an outfit that enhances you and your features and keeps the focus on your face. Follow these social media headshot photo tips:

  • Love what you’re wearing – It will show through in your facial expressions
  • Keep clothing simple. Mid tone colors work best. Avoid all-white which can tend to wash out. Avoid busy patterns that can distract from your face. Since the headshot will primarily focus on the face and upper body, try to pick something that falls well on your shoulders and flatters your neckline.

  • Get plenty of sleep the night before, eat healthy and light the day of the shoot to avoid feeling bloated or hungry. These will all help you to look your best

  • Glasses - If you normally wear glasses and have a strong prescription, or glasses with no anti reflection coating, it is recommended you visit your optician and either borrow a pair of blank frames or have the remove your lenses for the shoot. Reflection and refraction is often an issue with glasses 

  • Smile. Your smile is the most important business tool and we will be encouraging you to laugh and smile naturally during your session. Research by Reading University has also proved that people look longer at a smiling face 

Kelly DeGraff

JK DeGraff Photography, 10410 Old Indian Head Road, Upper Marlboro, MD, 20772

By Day:  Senior executive with experience in establishing and managing national programs, to include executive, legislative, and operational issues at all levels of government. I have over fifteen years of Federal, Non-profit and Private sector professional experience in the fields of program collaboration, partnerships and emergency management.

Specialties: Strategic and operational planning, negotiation, writing, contract management, communications, government liaison, assessments and evaluation, curricula design and execution, training, and highly skilled in developing networks and building alliances.

 

By Night: wife, mum, creative, photographer, lover of life, a Christian women who loves the LGBQT community, supports Black Lives Matter, and social justice for all.