The Importance of a Professional Headshot

I'd like to take this opportunity to find out a little bit more about you, the readers, so how about a contest to warm things up? Two years ago, I jumped into the world of business with both feet first, and I can confidently say that I had no idea what I was doing. One thing I learned very quickly is the importance of a professional headshot.

Kami and Nathan Dempsey work at It Works! Global, a network marketing company in the Health & Wellness industry. Since they work from home, the location of their headshot does not necessarily need to be "office professional," but it isn't sloppy either. They work as a team, so their headshot works equally as well paired together as they do separate.

So what if you aren't an actor? You'll need to make a great impression on your future boss whether you like it or not. As of May 2012, LinkedIn reported 175 million active users. As the world's largest "professional" social network, LinkedIn allows you to network with companies from the bottom up. If your profile photo is a cropped image of you in your shorts with a beer, chances are pretty slim that you'll make the right impression on the suits at the law firm.

Okay, okay... You probably wouldn't be reading this if that was the job you were looking for, but a professional photo is still important nonetheless. A high-quality photo seems to trick people into thinking that the subject is actually better than it may or may not be. 

So, let's get down to business, shall we? I want to give away a high-quality, professional-looking headshot photo shoot for free! All that I need from you is this: 

  1. The name of your business (or, if you're in the market for a new job, your ideal profession)
  2. What type of job it is
  3. Why a new headshot would benefit you and your business

That's it! I want to help you, but I need to know how first. Are you interested in a free headshot? Leave me your responses in the comments below or on the corresponding Facebook post.

For bonus entries, share this blog post with your friends and colleagues!