When is a good time to update your professional image?

Today I was photographing professional business head shots for a sales professional that works for a large company here in Raleigh. As we were discussing clothing options and the right expression for his image, he said he was already planning to come back in 6 months for an updated image. I was flattered but wasn’t sure why, so as we talked more he mentioned that he was planning to lose 40 lbs and get an updated image at that point.

Makes perfect sense. Any time you have a major change in appearance, you should consider updating your professional image that you use on on social media profiles such as LinkedIn as well as your business cards, website etc. Why? Good question, glad you asked. Regardless of whether you’re in a job search scenario, own your own business, or represent a company, chances are potential clients or employers will do a little research on you before deciding to do business with you or your company, or before deciding to interview you. What will they see? There is a very high probability they will see one or more of your social media profile images. So, what message will yours convey? What first impression will your image make for you? One sure way to create a bad first impression is to have a poor quality image or one that doesn’t represent how you currently look. Regarding the latter, when potential employers or clients meet you in person, and you don’t look like the image that represents you online, there is an immediate trust barrier that goes up, because in their mind, you misrepresented yourself. So if you’ve lost weight, had a significant hair style change, or any other changes affecting your appearance, you might want to consider updating you professional image.

Business_Portraits-1000PrintA recent client image, though not the one referred to in the article.

 

Professional Business Portrait for an Attorney

An image we created for a local attorney recently who works in down town Raleigh. His firm http://www.klisheldreth.com/ practices in the areas of estate planning, wills, trusts etc. Sharp knowledgeable attorney, if you have a need for those services, I would highly recommend his firm.

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Corporate Head Shots

Studio head shot for a business professional we photographed recently. A great expression that fit well with his personality. Just one of the many pieces of the puzzle that come together to make a great professional portrait.

Corporate Head Shot Image

Corporate Head Shot

A recent studio shoot for a good friend and CEO at Apogee Social Media Group. http://www.apogeesocialmediagroup.com/

William does lots of Linked In specific training for companies and individuals and knows the importance of having a good professional image online to represent your personal or corporate brand. We were going for something a little more contemporary / modern to update his professional image, so we went with a high-key background (lighter tone), but kept with the traditional male head shot pose. This combination works well together and he was more than pleased with the look. You can never go wrong with classic posing and lighting, even when mixed with more modern or contemporary looking backgrounds or settings. Corporate head Shot

 

Classic head shots with a modern, contemporary look

An image we created recently for a high level executive that was looking for a slightly more modern, contemporary look. It was a fun shoot using a green screen and a little Photoshop work for the background, and I think it’s safe to say, we nailed it! Client was more than happy with the results. Love helping create a finished product that meets our clients vision.

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Female Business Portrait

 

CharlesDickensPhotography-1000What a pleasure it was working with Patricia on creating her professional business portrait. She’s a high level executive working on polishing up her personal brand online and knew that a professional business portrait was a key piece of the overall professional branding strategy.

Professional Business Portraits / Headshots

Here are a few examples of some recent business portraits we created for clients. One client is a real estate broker, one a senior manager at Cisco and one a senior sales manager. Today professionals need business portrait for various reasons, but primarily to control their personal brand online. Whether you’re representing yourself in a job search scenario or your company to potential clients, most first impressions are made online via profile photos today. Everyone has a profile photo nowadays, the questions is: what does yours say about you? Clients we work with want to make sure they create a great first impression with a polished professional image that represents them appropriately. We love coaching our clients through all the subtle nuances & details required to help create a great professional portrait for them. Our clients use their professional images in a variety of places, but primarily on LinkedIn & other social media sites, company websites, business cards and ads, so we size and output our images appropriately for the specific intended use that each client needs.

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Outdoor portrait created at our studio location.

Outdoor portrait created right here at our studio location.