Whether you’re thinking about taking Professional Headshots for the first time or you want to refresh your current photos, you may have noticed there is a lot of different information floating around.

In this blog, we debunk some of the most common headshot myths so that you can book your next session with confidence and peace of mind.

There is No Need to Hire a Professional – Myth

Anyone can take a headshot on their smartphone, but there’s a very slim chance it will look professional. If you want to look and feel like a true professional online, it’s best to invest in a headshot session with a Professional Photographer who specializes in headshots and branding photography. Even if you or a family member has a professional camera, equipment doesn’t mean much if you don’t know how to use it or have an eye for headshots. 

Headshots Don’t Need Personality – Myth

Contrary to what you’ve heard or read, headshots do need to tell a story and showcase your personality. There are thousands of profiles and portfolios out there, so you need to find a way to stand out in a crowded field. In most instances, someone will notice your photo before they start reading about your skills and experience. A good, local professional headshot photographer will create scroll resistant photos that make people instantly stop and look. 

You’re Not Photogenic – Myth

Far too many professionals shy away from scheduling a professional photo session because they believe they aren’t photogenic. This is never the case – you’ve just been using the wrong photographer. This paired with a little practice in the mirror and expert expression coaching with a professional photographer can lead to eye-catching professional headshots that will make you stand out in your industry. 

My Existing Headshots are Fine – You know they aren’t!

This might be the case if you took them within the last 2 years. If not, it’s time to update them. Not only do headshot styles change, but you’ve changed too. And your headshots should always be a clear representation of who you are today and with the help of an experienced professional you can be confident you are posting up the very best version of you. 

If you have any other concerns about whether a headshot session is right for you, speak to a local headshot & portrait photographer you trust. 

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Chris Cottrell

Chris Cottrell is a Jacksonville, Florida based professional portrait photographer. He obtained a Graphic Arts Degree from Brunel Technical College in the United Kingdom and he has been practicing the art of photography professionally for over 25 years. His experience ensures you receive the beautiful images you are seeking.