"I am a transitioning military officer and an executive recruiter recommended a professional headshot for my LinkedIn account as I go about my job search. This is my first time [searching for a headshot photographer for myself] as the military has professional photo studios for their needs... I am leaving the military relatively soon, so how soon could I be seen, and once the photography has occurred, how soon could the final product be available?"
Since Roger would be flying out the following week for a CEO position interview, we were able to fit him in two days later at our Maryland photography studio for his professional headshot session. He chose a black background and looked amazing in a very swanky 3-piece suit, selected for him by professional image consultant, Sofio Barone, in McLean, VA. While Roger walked into the studio intending to select one headshot, he liked them so much that he decided to select a second headshot as well. We knew he wanted these headshots as soon as possible, so we turned them around and retouched and delivered the same day.
An article in Entrepreneur Magazine by Executive Coach, Harrison Monarth, provides tips on how to ensure that your LinkedIn headshot helps you instead of hurting you. Two of my favorite lines:
"...choosing the right photo to convey leadership capability -- or even overall capability -- is paramount, especially in the professional universe that is LinkedIn. A poor choice can be damaging to your professional brand and even hamstring your career opportunities. Glossing over the all-too-obvious no-nos, such as using party shots or vacation pics that reveal too much information, there are more subtle offenses."