How to Make Your Headshot Stand Out in a Sea of Selfies

Have you ever scrolled through your social media feed and felt like you were drowning in a sea of selfies? It seems like everyone these days is taking selfies left and right, but there's one type of photo that will always stand out in a sea of self-portraits: the professional headshot. A well-executed headshot can capture attention and leave a lasting impression on potential employers, colleagues, and clients. It can also make your online presence more memorable, which is important in today's digital age. But how can you make your headshot professional and avoid getting lost in the selfie swamp? Here are my tips to help you stand out like a peacock in a flock of pigeons.

Find the Right Photographer

First things first: if you want a headshot that truly stands out, you need to find the right photographer. Don't just settle for anyone with a camera; do your research and find someone who specializes in headshots and understands your vision. If you opt for a freebie from a cousin or neighbor it might look like it was done for free. Go online and look at their portfolio, read reviews, and even call them to make sure they're the right fit. You want a photographer with the style you have in mind.

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Dress Professionally

What you wear in your headshot can have a big impact on how it's perceived. To make sure your headshot is flattering, choose clothing that flatters your body type, matches your personal brand, and stands out without distracting. Avoid busy patterns and opt for classic neutral tones in your clothing. Avoid overly bright colors for a corporate headshot. But if you're an artist yellow and bold colors might be what you want. Your brand will show in what you wear. The above photos were headshots from a law office. They have that lawyer vibe, right?

Relax and Be Yourself

It's easy to feel nervous in front of the camera. I'll help you relax and be yourself. You could practice your smile or look you want beforehand in the mirror. Think happy thoughts, and have fun with it. See if there is a side of your face you like better. See how the clothes look with your skin tone.

Your personality is what will make your headshot stand out, so don't be afraid to let it shine through. It's normal to feel uneasy about headshots and most people I talk to say they do not like getting their picture taken. When we're done, they say it really was a quick experience and they are happy with the photos.

Talk to the photographer about what you have in mind and about the backgrounds you like and don't like. Sometimes really blond, fair people looked washed out with a white background. Also, if you have a black suit a black background might not look good either.

Boost Your Confidence

Let's face it: networking can be nerve-wracking. But having a killer headshot can give you a much-needed confidence boost when you're meeting new people. When you look good, you feel good, and that can translate into more successful networking interactions. Plus, knowing that you have a professional headshot to back up your online presence can make you feel more secure in your career. Your headshot is part of your brand. It's on LinkedIn and on social media. When you have a professional headshot you'll feel more confident.

headshot for medical school by Michelle Deppe Photography.
headshot by Michelle Deppe Photography Salt Lake City Utah.
headshot in studio at Michelle Deppe Photography Kaysville Utah.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

You may have the best credentials in the world, but sometimes, words just aren't enough to convey your awesomeness. That's where a professional headshot comes in. A high-quality photo of yourself can speak volumes about your professionalism, attention to detail, and personal brand. It shows that you care about how you present yourself to the world and that you take your career seriously.

Standing out in a sea of selfies isn't easy, but with these tips, you can make your professional headshot pop like a firework. Find the right photographer, dress for success, and relax and be yourself. With these tips in your back pocket, you'll be sure to have an outstanding headshot.

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