Just one tenth.
And research from psychologists at Princeton University has shown that taking longer to look at an image only increases our confidence about our initial decision and does not change our mind.
First impressions are therefore everything.
If you are freelancer, own your own business, or if you’re looking for a new job, you are essentially in the business of promoting yourself.
When you do this effectively, you need to create a personal brand, and the headshot you choose for your profile is important. The way that many people will first meet you is actually in the virtual world of social media or your website. And the first thing they will see is the photograph that you have chosen to share.
You will never get a second chance to make a great first impression.
That is why it is so important to have good quality images, not just for your business but for your professional profile.
A portrait can speak volumes, and the choice of photograph that you use for your profile can tell people who you are.
How can professional headshots enhance your business profile?
A professional photographer will bring with them the experience and equipment necessary to create a professional, good looking portrait that will show you in your best light.
Done well, a photograph can show the parts of your personality that you feel are important for your work. And being authentic with your images will mean that you will be more easy to connect with and new contacts are more likely to invest their time on you.
Professional portraits will get you noticed!
Research has shown that professional headshots can make you up to 14 times more likely to be found on LinkedIn!
Quality images from a photographer will demonstrate to your clients and contacts that you have chosen to invest in yourself. That you care about your professional appearance. If you have invested in yourself, then you are telling them that you think that you are worth it, and it demonstrates that you are serious about what you do.
A good image can demonstrate that you are reliable and that you believe in quality and it can show your wonderful, authentic self.
Selfies, or pictures that we like from a party or our last holiday may be where we feel more comfortable because we like how we look in those images. But do those portraits give out the right message when first impressions mean so much?
Coming in to 2019, where we may have new opportunities and possibilities, perhaps our professional headshots can be the first thing that we renew.
For more information, please visit my portraits page here.