I have a professional photography session coming up. Any general recommendations?
Good luck, J! We haven’t talked about corporate headshots, or whether to wear eyeglasses in your corporate photo in a while, so let’s revisit. As I’ve said before, above all else, I think the main goal in a corporate photograph is to look FRIENDLY. Don’t try to look “smart” or interesting or (God forbid) beautiful or stylish. It’s ok if you END UP looking like smart, interesting, beautiful, or stylish, because, you know, you are, but don’t try — leave the duckface and burning, non-friendly smizes for when you’re taking pictures with friends. As for “looking smart” — most times, your corporate headshot will be displayed next to an abbreviated form of your resume and experience. Let people evaluate your intelligence based on those years of work, not one single photograph. (I’d say that the model pictured here is trying to look smart. Don’t be that model.) The purpose of the headshot is really for that two second, subconscious, gut decision: do I want to work with her? Does she look like someone who would get me what I want, on time, with no errors? I could say “look responsible” here instead of “friendly,” I suppose, but I think attempting to “look responsible” or “look competent” is a fool’s mission beyond combing your hair and making sure that your face and clothes are free of smudges and so forth.
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