Believe it or not, sooner or later, you’re going to need a headshot, whether it’s for business cards, websites, social media, or hopefully, for a jacket cover. This year, for the first time, KCWC is offering the services of a photographer. A professional photo will make a better impression than a selfie. It’ll show that you have a sense of professionalism, and that you care about your work.
Helpful Tips for a Good Photo:
1. Be as refreshed as possible. Make a quick trip to the restroom to freshen up. Get a drink of water. Say a quick prayer, whatever it takes to relax.
2. Dress appropriately. This doesn’t mean you have to wear your Sunday-best. Choose a color that is flattering. Avoid white, loud colors, and busy patterns such as plaids, stripes, or florals. Make sure that your top or shirt fits well. You don’t want it too tight. Keep it simple.
3. Be yourself. If you normally wear glasses, wear them. Keep your hairstyle and makeup the same as usual. After all, you want people to be able to recognize you!
4. Be courteous. Be sure and arrive two or three minutes ahead of your schedule. Work with your photographer. He’s not a miracle worker, but if you have a request, don’t be afraid to ask. And, of course, make sure you end your appointment on time.
5. Smile. Smile with your eyes. Think of photos on book jackets. What appeals to you? What do you want yours to say?
6. A headshot should be a reflection of you. Are you fun and happy? Are you warm and friendly? Are you quirky? Are you the more dignified type? Let your photo show that. You want a headshot that will help others remember you.
(Check out our website for more information about Tom and his services.)
Trish Nall, KCWC Treasurer