As a business professional, having an up-to-date headshot is very important. As mentioned in other blog posts and articles, it is even more important that your headshot convey the mission and message you want your clients to hear. If your image is outdated, is it giving off the right impression?
It has been recommended that headshots get updated every two years, or when a life changing event occurs-such as weight loss or gain, no more need for glasses, or getting glasses, new hair style, etc., as these events will change the way you look.
What about when you switch jobs? Should you change your headshot, too?
First, how long has it been since you had a headshot taken? Was it ten years ago when you first started your previous job? Or, was it recently? If it was ten years ago, then YES! You are due for a new one! Was it within the last year? Then, you can most likely keep the one you have. Or just get a new one to go along with your new job!
Second, is your employer paying for new headshots to be taken at your new job? Sometimes, when you are starting a new job with a new company, the company will pay for a new headshot for it's employees. New job, new headshot!
Third, did your previous employer pay for the current headshot you have? If so, then technically, you cannot take that with you unless you have purchased it from the photographer who took it. So, it is advantageous to have a new one taken.
Lastly, it is advantageous to have a new one taken because you have had a change in your appearance. Perhaps you lost a lot of weight, got new glasses, or got eye surgery. Or, perhaps you changed the color of your hair. These are all good reasons why you should have a new portrait taken.
The above images were taken in our Oswego, IL. studio and the two wonderful people you see just received promotions within the Oswego School District. Time for a new headshot! These headshots are used in the press releases so that everyone will know they have been promoted. What if the school district had used an older image? What if you saw that press release, met these people in person and they looked a lot different than the image in the press release? What thoughts would go through your mind?
Also, if your image with your previous company has been used in their marketing materials, then it is associated with them and their brand. Going to a completely different company with different branding requires a new look.
So, if you are thinking you don't need to update your headshot, review the items below and see if any of them fit.
Your headshot has not been updated in more than two years
You have a new hairstyle
You have a new hair color
You have new glasses
You had eye surgery and you no longer need glasses
You lost a lot of weight
You are starting a new job
You had some other life changing event that requires you to look how you really look
Your company is changing it's website and needs to have updated headshots on it's Meet the Team Page
You just want a new head shot
Do you meet any of the above criteria? If so, contact us today to learn more about how we can help you update your headshot!