The importance of executive portraits
by Houston commercial photographer – Nicki Evans Photography
First impressions count. What kind of first impression do you make?
There are a lot of elements that play a part in first impressions, and those factors vary from meeting someone in person versus “meeting” them online.
When meeting in person, your appearance plays a part in that first impression, as well as your handshake, eye contact, attentiveness to the conversation and your social skills. On a job interview, for example, those items probably end up playing a stronger role in the meeting than what’s on your resume. Your resume probably landed you the interview, but you can’t pass “Go” or collect 200 dollars without making a good impression at the interview.
In this day of instant access to information via the Internet, the first impression you made on that hiring manager or future client or soon-to-be new co-worker could have been made far before that interview. It could have been made through a quick search on LinkedIn. So what did that first impression say?
Hopefully you’ve had your resume reviewed and you spell-check everything before posting your bio, employment history and list of accomplishments. And to put the cherry on top, you’ve made the investment in an executive portrait by a professional photographer. If so, the first thought when your name pops up on LinkedIn is, “Now, he is someone I’d like to have on my team,” or maybe, “If this person has the same level of professionalism that her profile exudes, I’d love to do business with her.”
I know that looks aren’t everything and you can’t judge a book by its cover, but with just a few seconds and a first glimpse on a LinkedIn profile, you certainly don’t want to risk deterring a future employee or potential client in any way with a sloppy profile photo or no image at all.
If you don’t invest in yourself and your career, why should someone invest in you?
Benefit Concepts, Inc. recently invested in executive portraits with Nicki Evans Photography for their teams across Houston. During a day-long conference at the Norris Conference Center in City Centre, we setup a temporary portrait studio where team members could stop by to have their portrait made…57 in total. In addition to providing head shots that team members could use on their LinkedIn pages, the MyBCITeam.com team pages were updated to include these portraits.
If you haven’t made the investment in an executive portrait for your individual LinkedIn page, or if your business needs to boost the image they project with portraits on the “About Us” page, contact me, Nicki, to set up your portraits. firstname.lastname@example.org
For more executive and environmental portraits, browse through these galleries:
Faces – Executive portraits (both traditional and a little more fun) of Houstonians
Houstonians – Environmental portraits of the great people of Houston
Nicki Evans Photography – 2017
Have camera. Will travel.
Nicki Evans Photography – Houston, TX – Commercial Photographer