The massive increase in social media for business has meant that more and more people are understanding the need for a good social media headshot. Adam Petford is the LinkedIn Coach and runs a great company called BizLinks, and he definitely understands the importance of a good portrait for your online profile. I met Adam through face to face networking several years ago, and have taken photos for many of his clients over the years, and recently also for some of his colleagues. His business focuses on the power of social media, helping other’s to use LinkedIn and other networks to build their businesses. He is a naturally good trainer, who gets really enthusiastic about the potential that LinkedIn can give, and has many years of experience as social media has really changed and developed.
He is now at the point of expanding, and has run a few Training the Trainers workshops for some of the people who are now working alongside him. As part of these training days I have spent a short amount of time – usually during a lunch break – getting new headshots for all those on the course – it is the perfect opportunity for them to renew and refresh their corporate headshot as they develop their knowledge.
Even with companies, such as BizLinks who really value good corporate portraits, it is rare that you can set aside much time per person to get good shots. One of the key skills I have developed, as a photographer, is being able to work quickly and efficiently to get the best possible shots in the short time that you have with each person. This isn’t as easy as you may thing – you have to meet them, help them relax and photograph them quickly before moving on to the next person. I work with both natural and studio lights, but either way, I like the photographs to stand apart and rather than just plain backgrounds I often use what is available rather than setting up a backdrop. This way I get a sense of interest that doesn’t distract from the subject.
If you would like photographs to help make your LinkedIn or Twitter profile look professional, then drop me a line to find out how I can help you.
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