How to Move Past the Excuses and Present Yourself in the Best Possible Light!
It’s so easy to make excuses why you don’t have a headshot on your website, Linkedin or social media. Having a great portrait is one of the best ways to present yourself to the public and build trust. Confidence is power! But it is easy to make excuses why not to have one. Let’s have a look at a few I have heard:
“I’m not pretty/good looking.”
Who is? And what does it matter anyway? Mark Zuckerberg ain’t no oil painting, and look at his success.
“It is expensive.”
Yes, it is. But so is a brand new website. Hell, even a good coffee is expensive now days.
“I don’t have the right clothes.”
Borrow some if you can’t afford them. Buy some new ones if you can. Who hates shopping? Nobody!
“I don’t have time.”
People say this about going to the gym. They should just say. “I don’t want to get fit.” It’s more honest. We make time for the things we love.
“People will think I am showing off.”
You are showing off! You are showing off how fabulous you are! People love confident people. If your Instagram is just photos of yourself, then sorry, that is showing off. Having a great profile pick is presenting yourself professionally.
Most people are shy. You have to overcome it. A good photographer can help you with that by making you feel super-comfortable.
“It’s not important”
No. It’s very important. How we present ourselves is very important. Especially online, where your image will make or break your business. You only have one chance to make a good first impression.
“I’m having a bad hair day.”
We all do most days!
I think if you treat a photo session as a special occasion, then a good haircut will make you feel confident, then you will look great.
Portrait Case Study
This is a photo from a recent portrait session with Amber Ben from Vivaz Shoes. What makes it a great photo is she had a professional hair and makeup artist come by before the shoot. She looked good and felt confident.
The wardrobe is simple, so as not to distract from her face. Her and her love of shoes (she is a shoe designer) are the sole (no pun intended!) focus of this photo.
So, any excuses holding you back from presenting yourself the best you can be?
If I missed out a good one, please let me know!
Best wishes until next time, Don