Everything You Need to Know About Headshots

First impressions are EVERYTHING. Whether it’s a professional LinkedIn profile or a corporate portfolio, headshots should always look professional, friendly and engaging.

More importantly, your headshots should tell a story—your story. That means they need to be engaging and life-like. A selfie on your phone just won’t cut it. In many cases, a professional headshot is needed to further your career.

Headshots are hugely important when it comes to employment, so here is everything you need to know about how to acquire decent headshots, what you should wear and how much they cost.

What are Headshots Used for?

A selfie done on your phone will look cheap and unprofessional. It may give off the impression that you aren’t taking your career seriously.

If you want to give off the impression that you’re a professional, then a clear headshot will do wonders for your reputation. A headshot is a type of portrait whereby the focus is on the person’s face. The photo usually only includes the face and shoulders and are mostly used for the following professionals:

  • Those who market themselves on social media—especially LinkedIn and Facebook
  • Acting or performance portfolios
  • News anchors and television presenters
  • Resumés
  • Corporate specialists
  • Real Estate professionals

The difference between an unprofessional headshot and a professional one is astounding. The point of a headshot is to let your potential clients and/or employers know that you are engaging, real and ready to dive in with whatever they need.

How Should I Dress for Headshots?

Not only is a professional photographer on hand to take the shots, but they can also guide you on how you need to present yourself. He or she will likely give you direction on how to dress according to your profession. In most cases, your work clothes are the best option for headshots; but this depends on what your profession is. For example, a businessperson will more than likely wear a suit while someone in the film industry may be more comfortable in day-to-day wear. 

These photographers will also sometimes put you in poses where your job is ‘in action’, thereby telling the viewer your story in one photograph.

Professionals know how to pull this off perfectly, so be picky when you hire a headshot photographer. There are a lot of amateurs out there—so go with someone with a trackable reputation. Remember that these photos will represent you online and in your portfolio, which is why it’s so important to get it right the first time.

What Size are Headshots?

The most common size for a headshot is 8 x 10 inches. These are fine for digital copies of your headshot and you can utilise them online to your heart’s desire.

However, other important factors come into play when you are dealing with printed copies of your image. Here are a few industry standards to keep in mind:

  • Paper thickness should be around 165gsm
  • Resolution must be at least 1200 pixels
  • Discuss tone, colour and themes with your headshot photographer
  • Discuss the amount of copies you are entitled to

How Much Do Headshots Cost?

It’s important to know that there isn’t a “one size fits all” approach when it comes to the cost of headshots – it may vary from country to country, and photographer to photographer. Many photographers charge by the hour while others may charge per person or per session. Price also depends on how many copies you want and how long the photographer takes to get that ‘perfect shot’. If you feel you are currently paying less than the average then you may be dealing with an amateur, so check out their portfolio before commencing.

If you’d like to know in more detail how much Harrison Media charge, why not give us a call on 01 276 8537

Be sure to confirm what is included in your package. Use the above guidelines and let your headshot photographer know that you are expecting the highest quality. You may also get a discount if you are getting headshots done for multiple people at a corporation so be sure to enquire about this when booking a photographer.

People want to meet you when they see a photo that tells a story. A good headshot photographer knows how to do this. If your profile images are looking a bit dull, then you should consider looking for a new headshot photographer. It’s an investment you can’t afford to neglect.