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How to Take Professional-Looking Headshots at Home

Pop Sugar 2020-08-19 21:30:15

I used to say that a headshot was nothing more than a headache in disguise. I hated the formality of them, the time it took to get them done, and the fear of wasting money for an image I didn't even like. I wanted an easier, faster, and cheaper alternative — and luckily I found one!

As much as I dislike having my photo taken, I know it's important. A solid self-portrait is part of your personal brand and can be used for LinkedIn, email, a portfolio or website, and even your social media if it's an extension of your work. It's an opportunity to put a face to a name, and now with so much of the world operating digitally, it's a necessary one. LinkedIn even published a report detailing how quickly employers and recruiters judge someone off of a profile picture, so you have to make it count.

The coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly ripped a hole in the US economy, leaving many people searching for a new job, looking for new clients, or even building a new business better suited for this new marketplace. This means now is the perfect time to update your profile picture! And because social distancing makes it hard to hire a photographer, the need for at-home headshots has never been more prevalent.

Whether you're looking to spruce up your online presence for new career opportunities without breaking the bank, or you're just looking for something to hold you over before an experienced expert can take your photo, follow these steps for a beautiful at-home headshot. All you'll need is a window, a smartphone camera, and a few editing apps!