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Who Needs a Professional Headshot and Why Are They Important?

In today's digital age, your headshot isn't just a photo. It's your virtual handshake, a first impression, and the difference between standing out or blending in.


Simply put: Make your first impression count. 


Whether you're a fifth grader, a corporate executive, an entrepreneur, or a stay-at-home parent, having a professional headshot at your fingertips is invaluable.


In this post, we’re covering:

  • Who Needs Professional Headshots  

  • Where to Use Your New Headshot Photos

  • My Quick & Easy Process (Spoiler Alert: It’s less than an Hour!)

  • Creating Group Headshots On-Location


professional headshot photos taken in columbus ohio from variety of people in all backgrounds


Who Needs Professional Headshots?


I hinted at who needs a professional headshot above. The quick answer is pretty much everyone. 


  • Are you still using a cropped photo from a family vacation as your profile photo? 

  • Is your photo more than a couple of years old? 

  • Then, it’s time to create a PROFESSIONAL headshot photo.


When you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready.


With a digital file of your professional headshot saved on your phone, you’ll never have to scramble to find the right image when an opportunity comes your way.


Still not convinced everyone needs an updated headshot? 

Check out the next section.


professional headshot photos of three people in different career paths


Where Do I Use My New Headshot Photo?


Considering a new headshot photo, but want to know where you’ll actually use it? I’ve got you.


Here’s a list of clients I’ve worked with and how they’ve utilized their new photos:


  • Fifth-Grade Student

  • They’re using headshot photos for auditions and promo materials as they work their way up in the theatre.


headshot photos of theatre student in columbus ohio



headshots of high school senior for linkedin


  • Parents of High-School Seniors:

  • Typically we’ve already built up a good rapport doing their child’s senior photos, and they’ve come to me because they didn’t like their current photo or needed an updated headshot.


three professional headshot photos taken in columbus, ohio for marketing and social media profiles


  • Student Teachers and College Grads:

  • Similar to high-school grads, this group usually needs one or two updated photos for their LinkedIn presence and directories.


professional headshot of college graduate in columbus ohio wearing glasses and green sweater


  • Entrepreneurs:

  • Most entrepreneurs are the face of their businesses, so they use their headshots to humanize their brand and build brand recognition. 


professional headshot of entrepreneur and realtor in columbus ohio on rooftop


  • Start-up companies:

  • To create a solid online business presence with a unified look. Just because you’re a newer company doesn’t mean it needs to look pieced together. 



  • Large companies with multiple employees:

  • Larger companies usually like to streamline their branding by featuring consistent headshots on their websites and internal communications.

  • Personal branding is different than one or two headshot photos.

  • You’ll find more on personal branding here.


personal branding and professional headshots for local company in columbus ohio


  • Stay-at-Home Parents:

  • You’d be surprised how often a headshot comes in handy as a stay-at-home parent. They can be used for volunteer roles, guest writing or speaking, networking events, and directories. 


three professional headshots for stay at home mom in columbus ohio



My Quick & Easy Process for Headshots


Would you believe me if I told you we could create your headshot in about 20-30 minutes? It doesn’t have to be a big ordeal or a long-drawn-out event. 


If you’re on a time crunch and need to update your marketing channels fast, I’ve got you.



Here are some more highlights of a headshot session with me:


Time: The shoot is typically 20-30 minutes.

Variety: You’ll have multiple poses, expressions, and backdrops to choose from.

Turnaround Time: Same or next-day digital files! Talk about instant gratification!


But wait, there’s more!


Cost: It won’t break the bank.

Weather: Not an issue since we’ll shoot indoors.

Flexible Shoot Times: I can easily accommodate weekends and odd schedules.

Location: Your place or mine? Your choice. (More on that below.)



collage of professional headshot photos taken in studio and on location in columbus ohio


Need Headshot Photos for a Group or On-Location? No Problem!


Have a group of employees who all need headshots? We can do that easily and quickly, too. 


Remember what it was like getting your school photos taken? My on-location headshots for groups are similar to that. I bring the studio to you.


Bonus: Setting up my studio gear in your office means employees won’t have to take a chunk out of their day for photos. Win/Win!



Check out these headshots I created in about 30 minutes using a backdrop from my studio.


professional headshots for group of business employees done on location with grey background in columbus ohio

Everyone in the company now has a cohesive photo to use on social media, LinkedIn, email signatures, the company website, and so much more!



Prefer a different vibe? No worries!


I can often use an open space in your office building. For instance, I set up my equipment in the lobby for the photos below, and wrapped it all up in about 30 minutes!


group headshots taken on location in columbus ohio for brand cohesvieness


Setting up my studio on location, creating headshots in 30 minutes, and delivering quality results is my specialty.



First impressions are everything. So make yours count.


If you’re ready to open doors for more opportunities, start with an updated professional headshot.



Want to chat about what that would look like for you or your team?





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