Is your headshot a big fat lie? Headshot Photography

Is your headshot a big fat lie?  Headshot Photography

Come on, admit it.  You’ve been using the same headshot for the past 5 years because you like the younger version of yourself.  We’ve all done it.  In fact, some of us are still doing it. (Guilty as charged!).

As someone who works for a photographer you’d think it was easy to get an updated look.  Not really.  Client work always takes priority (and quite right too!) and I’m more than happy to delay stepping in front of the camera.  Plus I like the collection of headshots I have.  But they’re old; my hair is different, my face less lined and as a result they’re not a real reflection of me.  Am I’m being honest by having an old photo out there, representing me or is my headshot a big fat lie?

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I love this headshot but it’s so old!

 

I suppose it’s not as deceptive as some people’s corporate headshots.  We’re talking here about corporate headshots that are way too old.  Waistlines have grown, hair has thinned, temples have greyed.  But their online persona is like stepping back in time.  And that’s saying nothing of the serious retouching I see.  Eyes so clear and white they should feature in an eye-drop ad (the ‘after’ look obviously).  Same for teeth, too much of a Hollywood smile.  And youthful, line-free skin that doesn’t tally with 20 their year LinkedIn resume.

So I think it’s time we embraced our wrinkles, were proud of our laughter lines and accepted our crows feet.   All these imperfections are what make us who we are.  Our smiling eyes with a few wrinkles around them are what people connect with when they view our profiles online.  These things are what others recognise when they meet us for the first time.  They’ve all been well-earned by living a life and working hard.

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Same earring, different shot. Both slightly old and both slightly imperfect but at least they’re me!

And let’s face it, the last thing you want is to overhear someone saying “she looks great, but she looks nothing like her headshot”.  Or “he looks so much older in real life”.

Yes, we want to look like the best versions of ourselves.  We want our corporate portraits to look polished, presentable and professional.  But achieving that doesn’t mean we need to hark back to yesteryear with a vintage headshot, just as much as it doesn’t mean we need to erase our true selves in Photoshop.

Putting your best self out there when representing your business, showcasing your personal brand or looking for a job, is certainly the way to go.  But remember, your best self is your real self.

If you’d like to download The Corporate Headshots | The Business Essential InfoSheet I’ve put together, with a side note on retouching, pop over to our website to grab it!

Have a great week!

Rachel.