Why you should get more than one style of professional headshot

Dual Use PhotoShootProfessional headshots are a must-have in today’s business world but just like in life, there’s so much more to a photoshoot than just business. We talk a lot about having a professional photo for LinkedIn or business but having your image stand out on any social media platform is important.

Business professionals need headshots for their personal social media accounts as well as for professional purposes. You most likely do not dress the same or behave exactly the same at work as you do in your personal life. This needs to be reflected in your choice of social media profile pictures.

With more than 78 percent of the population now reporting as having at least one social media account, it’s very likely that the average professional needs more than one kind of headshot. In fact, one image may not work for every platform.

Take, for example, LinkedIn where a person still needs to look professional while presenting a slightly more casual image for a social media platform. Other social media platforms whether it is Facebook, Instagram, or a dating site you may want to play around with your personal branding image while continuing to have a tasteful, high-quality image.

The easiest way to accomplish this is to simply have several styles of pictures taken during your professional photoshoot. I frequently work with clients who need headshots for various aspects of their life with each picture needing a unique style. This is easily accomplished with a quick shirt change (even removing a suit jacket), different facial expressions, lighting, or background.

Why try scheduling two different photoshoots? It’s easy to work with your photographer to get all the professional headshots you might need in one session.

Take a look at these examples:

This client needed a more formal and serious shot for business but for social media and other less formal uses, he chose a simple button-down shirt. He still looks polished, but much more casual.
This client needed a more formal and serious shot for business but for social media and other less formal uses, he chose a simple button-down shirt. He still looks polished, but much more casual. A simple change of shirt in the same photoshoot provided this client with two diverse images.

 

This client needed professional headshots for her writing services business and a different style of headshot for her personal blog and personal speaking engagements. Both of these photos were shot within minutes of each other in downtown Bentonville.
This client needed professional headshots for her writing services business and a different style of headshot for her personal blog and personal speaking engagements. Both of these photos were shot within minutes of each other in downtown Bentonville.

 

This client needed a formal studio shot but for his more casual headshot, we chose an outdoor spot at my home studio.
This client needed a formal studio shot but for his more casual headshot, we chose an outdoor spot at my home studio.

 

Are you ready to refresh your image? Give me a call today and we can schedule a headshot photoshoot where we can get pictures to meet all your needs.