FIRST IMPRESSIONS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Today it is imperative to look your best. We live in a digital age where everything is found on the internet. Basically, EVERYTHING lives in the cyber world. So it’s never been of more importance to portray the image you want. Let’s be real for a second- the first thing a prospective client or employee does is to look you up on different social media. They check out your personal Facebook page, Linkedin, Twitter, and Instagram too.
We live in a media-driven work where the majority of first impressions are made with the images that you put on your websites and social media. We no longer live in a world where first impressions are most likely to happen in person, instead they happen online- simply by browsing on the web. In my opinion, a selfie no longer does it, you really need a headshot that you are confident sharing with the online world. Its no longer considered a luxury but something that is essential for any professional.
Does your current headshot/ selfie (nothing screams professionalism like a selfie) profile picture represent your brand? Your headshot should compliment you in an authentic, natural (candid) and confident way. We’ll work as a team to create a unique headshot that captures your “brand”, tells a story, and evokes emotion.
In business, we know the ” know like trust” factor is huge. Let’s create something that says “I want to work with this person”, “they look trustworthy”. The first step is having a headshot that represents you and your brand.
Not only do headshots make the first impression these days they are also an important marketing tool for various reasons. Here are just a few:
– Headshots are most likely the first glimpse to your potential clients or new employee since we live in the digital age
-Headshots show clients and others seeking you out that you take pride in how you present yourself to the world
-Professional Headshots aren’t a selfie they are a high-quality photo that can be utilized across multiple social media platforms
MEET NATE: BUSINESS OWNER AND SOCIAL MEDIA GURU
This is Nate Fears. He’s a business owner of the uptown hub, Fitness and nutritional coach and Leads a team of hundreds. It was important for Nate to represent his brand in his images. He has a large following on Instagram and Facebook where he connects on a daily basis. So it was imperative to him have professional photos that are a true representation of what he stands for. Fitness, dedication, and strength were just a few words we came up with that we want to show in his photos.
MEET RYAN- ENTREPRENEUR DOMINATING THE LOCAL TECH SCENE
This is Ryan- He’s been involved with the local tech scene in Minneapolis, Minnesota for more than a decade. He’s been building and leading teams for years and recently delved into entrepreneurship. He’s a staple in the tech community and wanted a headshot that conveys he was professional yet also approachable. I feel we hit that mark. I also went with a location in downtown Minneapolis since it’s where a lot of the magic in the tech boom takes place.
MEET JAKE- SEO EXPERT EXTRAORDINAIRE
Meet Jake. He is the owner of Web Strategy Viking a local Minneapolis SEO company serving Minnesota. Jake, like most business owners wanted to give his potential clients a great first impression and knew great headshots were a must. He’s been dominating the SEO market and now he has headshots to match. If you have any SEO needs he’s the guy. Technically he’s the reason you are on my page!
“I was so excited to get a rush of 4 NEW prospects booking calls mentioning the new site design within 2 weeks of going live…. Never had I had a photoshoot that made a ROI !!! “
Brutally Honest answers about Headshot Photography
HOW DO I CHOOSE MY OUTFIT?
When planning your outfit take into consideration who your audience is. It could be prospective clients, potential employees or employers. What industry are you in? Tech, HR, sales. There are many factors to consider. Next, think about your style and what makes you feel and look good. There is not a one shoe fits all approach here. Since headshot should be updated every few years- avoiding things that date is not an issue here. This is not a family photo.
It’s also important to note to make sure clothes fit properly and are ready to be photographed- but it happens. Clients come with wrinkles in their clothes.
I HATE BEING IN PICTURES- AND I AM INSECURE IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA. ANY SUGGESTIONS?
As with anything in life let’s make it fun so it’s more enjoyable. I’m extremely laid back and easily make friends with all. Even if you hate photos I promise this will be a painless half hour of photos. Make sure everything you need for the shoot is ready the night before and you’ll be stress-free the morning of!
CAN I WEAR MY GLASSES?
Yes, but I suggest preparing an empty frame without any lenses. Lenses can distort the eyes and this avoids reflection as well.
DO YOU TAKE HEADSHOTS OUTSIDE THE STUDIO?
Certainly. I love taking pictures on location. Where depends on what industry you are in. I work for a long time picking out the ideal locations. I consider the light during the day, the available backgrounds and the feel of the location. When you select a time and location, don’t worry about anything other than it is convenient for you. Be assured I look for the best lighting and composition. We will work together to find a location that represents you, your brand, and the feeling you want to express through your photos. As with all photo sessions- it’s a collaborative effort.
HOW MUCH ARE HEADSHOTS?
It depends on the number of outfits and the number of digitals you are looking for. Sessions start at $125 for one digital image and one outfit. Please contact me if you are interested in booking and we can design a headshot session that meets your needs.
WHEN DO I SHAVE?
Make sure to shave a few hours before the headshot session to your skin is not irritated.
WHAT SIZE DO MY IMAGES COME IN?
You will be able to download your images in hi-res and web sizes.
AM I ABLE TO GET HALF BODY AND FULL BODY SHOTS?
Of course. I will take pictures from all angles and lengths and you will be able to choose the images that best represent you. Please look at my portfolio for more examples.
HOW ARE MY IMAGES DELIVERED?
Images will be available through an online gallery that you can download and share from. A soft proofing gallery is usually up within 48 hours and final images are delivered 7-10 days after you have chosen your favorite images.
DO YOU OFFER HAIR AND MAKEUP?
At this time I do not- but can recommend someone if you would like.