A great headshot helps boost your confidence as well as the confidence others have in your professional abilities, whether you are a business owner or climbing the corporate ladder.
80% of people remember what they see. So, when you have a great corporate headshot, you make an instant (and positive) the first impression. Plus, you remain top of mind for people, because they can put a face to a name. And because you made the effort to take a corporate headshot, your message to the world is that you take yourself seriously and others will too.
How Does A Corporate Portrait Photograph Help you Professionally?
Prospective clients, employers, and collaborators have been known to snoop the digital web space to scout out their potential employees, or business partners, etc. Here are the reasons how corporate portrait helps you:
1) Win Trust
You boost your chances of them agreeing to that first meeting or engaging your services if you look professional and capable. A good headshot gives people an idea of who you are not only professionally, but personally, too. A smile, smirk, or serious look all convey different messages and emotions. Make sure your headshot matches who you are. Business associates may have already made their impression and your headshot might determine their final decision.
2) Be Outstanding
You can also use your corporate photo to showcase your values and standards to differentiate yourself from the rest. Having a quality image of yourself to share with your professional peers boosts your self-confidence. It makes you feel good to look your best, and it can even inspire you to share more of yourself with others, take a few risks, and overcome work-related challenges.
3) Leave Digital Footprint
Your corporate photo helps you to leave some digital footprint of your online presence when people google you. So you want to make sure it’s a good one. One tip is to have an updated one as a current headshot shows people what you look like now. An old headshot may seem inauthentic and comes off untrustworthy.
4) Improve your Brand Image
The goal of your business headshot should be to put a face to your brand. In some cases, you might include some items that have something to do with your business. For example, a camera if you are a photographer or into social media, spatula if you are a cook or baker.
5) Attract Potential Employers/ Business Investors
If a picture is worth a thousand words, what does your profile picture say about you? A good profile photo can elevate your visibility to potential employers or business associates and sway their professional perception of you.
Bespoke Photography – Good-Quality & Affordable Photos
There are many places in Singapore to get your corporate headshot or professional photograph done.
Some of my previous experiences taking professional photos have been very cold. The studios allocate only 10 minutes for my photoshoot and it’s like wham, bam, thank-you-Mam. The result of my photoshoot is kind of like rolling a dice – you never know how good/bad it is going to turn out.
I engaged my professional shoot with Bespoke Photography and I really enjoyed my experience. At the Bespoke Photography photoshoot, the team of photographers (Joel, Nicholas, and Timothy – my photographer) was very nice and friendly. They took the time to make me feel comfortable, explore which poses are best suited for my professional image, and help me identify my “best side” to photograph.
I was told that lighting plays an important role in the photoshoot so that any editing done afterward will not render my skin to look yellowish. As the camera captures even the tiniest flaws on our faces or body, the photographer engages me in a respectful conversation at the end of the photoshoot to discuss what needs enhancing and what needs to be left alone so that the photo is an accurate representation of me.
The whole session took about 30-minutes to 45-minutes. Even when their next client arrived, they did not rush me out the door.
Expert Advice – What to Bring to your photoshoot
Not sure whether to engage the photographer or not? Nicolas suggests reading up on the reviews of the team before you engage them. You’ll have a better assessment of the environment they create and the chemistry between the photographer and the subject.
As for your professional shoot, Joel shares the following tips:
- Bring a few sets of clothes to change. You can try different looks and poses to see which best represents you best.
- Props are a good way to define your identity in the picture. It gives you something to do and helps you get into the role.
Still not sure what’s your look? Joel suggests you google other professionals in your industry for ideas of the look your peers portray.
Bespoke also offers make-up services and will even go to your company to take professional photos onsite (group bookings for a corporate photoshoot). Other photography services include family outdoor or studio shoots, birthday parties, and baby or weddings. If you are looking for a professional food photographer in Singapore, you may also look them up on their website – www.bespokephotography.sg.
Big thanks to Joel, Nicholas, Timothy, and Oreo (Tim’s dog, whom I’m holding in the pic) for making me look and feel beautiful.