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A professional headshot is a very important way to present yourself. These days, with the digital online world so prominant, your photo is often the first (and maybe only) glimpse people get of you. Taking a “selfie” in your bathroom mirror is not going to get people to take you seriously in the professional business world. Many large companies have a photographer contracted to make sure that every staff member has a professional headshot taken to keep a consistent look across the company.

But sometimes those corporate head shots can get monotonous. I’ve been on both ends of the camera for those lol. As a treat for reading this, here is mine from around 2004, I am pretty sure I borrowed that jacket from someone for the photo  🙂

So when my family had photos taken last fall, I asked the photographer (thank you Tracy of Villa Montarti) to take a couple head shots for me to use for my business (and those are the ones you see on my Facebook/Pinterest/LinkedIn/Twitter accounts and here on my website). I love them because they are professional head shots, but not your everyday ” Ok sit in front of this backdrop, tilt your head…. a little more… ok big smile! *CLICK*” portrait.

A couple weeks ago I had asked Lea from my CPA’s office (huge plug to Franty & Company, they are awesome!) to help me learn Quickbooks better. She commented that she liked my headshot and it got me thinking, why not mix my lifestyle photography with professional portraits? I am so in love with how her photos came out, especially the one at the top of this post. She looks like a big-time CEO 🙂 It took just over 1/2 hour (and that was because I just wanted to keep trying “one more thing” haha) and we got a great variety of gorgeous images.

So I encourage everyone to spruce up your professional portraits. Use it as an excuse for a new outfit or hair ‘do. Not only will your professional presence thank you, but it’s nice to have flattering photos of yourself too! (Trust me, I love getting my photo taken as much as you do, which is probably not much at all, which is why I love taking photos lol!) If you want some inspiration, check out my Pinterest board dedicated to professional, fun portraits (and check out my other inspiration boards while you’re there!)

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