Paying Attention to Your Headshot

Paying Attention to Your Headshot

Intro by Skip Cohen

I’m so tired of seeing professional photographers using headshots that do everything but demonstrate their skill set as an artist! You’re promoting yourself as a pro, but using a selfie or a shot one of your kids took for you.

I found this great little post in Chamira Young’s archives and loved it, although from my perspective it’s the first and last points that tell the story. “Showing Personality” and ‘Your Hobbies” are perfect for blog content, but when it comes to your About page, you need a great headshot.

And here’s a pose to think about – get a headshot of you photographing a client. It’s taken slightly behind you and off your right shoulder with the client slightly out of depth of field. It’s a photograph that immediately reminds the client what you do for a living!

When you have a lousy headshot all it says to a client is you’re not good enough for a better one! Use the opportunity to make a great first impression with spectacular images in your galleries. Then, when a potential client reads your About page, have a great headshot to further develop trust in your skill set.

This is so easy to do – stop procrastinating, and take the time to show your attention to detail, especially your own!


By Chamira Young

You spend so much time behind the camera that sometimes easy to forget that others want to see you in photos as well.

Gone are the days of using selfies and Facebook profile photos as your headshot. It just doesn’t cut it anymore. As a photographer, you know how strong an image can be and the kind of message a photo can tell and it’s time to harness that power for yourself and your own business as well. There are so many reasons why you need to invest in either taking your own headshots or having them taken by a trusted photographer, but here are just four reasons why you need to get your own personal session booked today.

It’s Inviting: It’s hard to deny when someone sees your face, they make assumptions about you. When you have a photo that shows your true self that is taken well and been edited perfectly it invites people to want to know more about you.

Having a few killer photos of yourself on your website and other media profiles are the best way to connect with people. You can only do so much behind a logo and a catchphrase. Potential clients want to invest in you and they want to see who exactly they are investing in.

It Shows Personality: Next is that these images show off your personality. Whether you are a relaxed and easy-going person or an upbeat smiley person, these images are invaluable to show off those traits. Images can say so much about you when you get the chance to loosen up and be yourself in front of the camera instead of behind.

In the same way, people want to connect with a person, not a business, people also want to connect with someone they can see themselves in. Someone who laughs a lot, who takes their job seriously, who creates moody images, who brightens up an event; whichever category you fit in, your headshots can increase your ability to show your personality to all the right people in your audience.

Shows Your Hobbies: The third reason why you need to get your own headshots is that a picture says a thousand words. Photographers in every niche dread writing their own bios. They fret over the ‘About Me’ page and they really don’t like describing themselves or their own talents. Enter your own headshots!

Taking these pictures will say more about you than words often can. This does not replace the words and descriptions but if you love your dog, take a fun image of you and your pup! If you love music, add in musical elements. Each image can be a different glimpse into your personal life and hobbies that will help further connections with potential customers.

They’re Judging a Book By Its Cover: As aforementioned, a picture speaks a thousand words and when it comes to your business and your brand, customers are doing the ultimate “no-no.” They are literally judging a book by its cover. You have a few sentences, words, and pictures to capture your personality to make a person trust you enough to pay you for your talents and your services. That can be overwhelming and challenging but starting with a killer headshot is your best bet to make sure you are always, always putting your best self forward in how you look, how you present your personality, and how you connect with others through your self-portraits.

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Chamira Young

Chamira started her journey into the arts with a goal to be an artist. From the University of Michigan School of Art & Design (Go Blue!) to working as an excited graphic designer and illustrator at a book publishing company, to serving as an eager photographer, print designer, and web designer at an international motorcycle magazine. She admits to being a tech nerd and today is a successful photographer, podcaster and writer. She co-hosts two popular podcasts with Skip Cohen, writes for Photofocus.com, her own blog, ProPhotographerJourney, and has a never-ending love for the craft!

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