Professional Corporate Headshots – Are They Worthwhile?

How Important Are Professional Corporate Headshots?

That may seem like a silly question, but getting a professional corporate headshot done is one that many business owners, professionals, executives, graduating cohorts, human resources, and marketing professionals are asking themselves to do everyday.

The truth is, professional corporate headshots are more important than ever in this day and age. The first touchpoint with clients, bosses, prospects, recruiters are online these days.

People are naturally curious human beings. Being able to put a face to a name generally leads to having more relatable and personable conversations. It’s the first touchpoint, the first impression that your clients see well before you meet face to face.

As the saying goes, first impression during these connections matters!

Let’s discuss the importance of professional corporate headshots as well as offering some tips on how to choose the right photographer to get the appropriate style/look to fit your usage purpose.

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sgltja01
sgltja01
January 31, 2024.
We had a very refreshing family photo shoot experience at Tomato Photo Studio on 21 January 2024. Hart was very creative, energetic and lively making my two young granddaughters very much at home. The photographic images turned out very natural and reflected well the mood. Thanks Hart and Hazel as well for providing the helpful information.
Thomas Ting
Thomas Ting
January 20, 2024.
Hart of Tomato Studio is a superb family photographer. The moment our family met Hart for our session, we immediately felt at ease with his endearing smile and gentle disposition. He guided us throughout the whole session, using subtle gestures and pointers on how to stand and pose as naturally as possible. We had two attire changes (formal and casual) and did permutations of individual, group and various paired shots. The entire experience was seamless and the whole session was done in slightly over an hour. Hart is a true professional and we are extremely delighted with the resulting photos, sweet memories that we will share and cherish as a family, for many years to come. We will definitely recommend Hart to anyone who wishes to have a family photo shoot for any occasion.
Caroline Tan
Caroline Tan
January 8, 2024.
Hart was fantastic! He managed to put my parents at ease and captured their beautiful smiles and all! We had so much fun at the studio and Hart played along - everyone was all praise! Even my ordinarily not so expressive husband had fun! Needless to say, the pictures came out authentically beautiful, and showed our laughters and joy. Thank you so much Hart! Your craft and professionalism - unparalleled. Our experience - priceless. #CTGratitude
Ju G. Pan
Ju G. Pan
January 5, 2024.
Wonderful experience. We did an extended family shot with Hart. He is a wonder with the kids , all nine of them. Parents can just relax and let him work his magic touch. Obviously very experienced photographer with big extended families shots. Highly recommended.
Ramli Mohd Tahar
Ramli Mohd Tahar
December 27, 2023.
A very cosy and well equipped studio. The whole family was made to feel at home before the 2 hrs photo shoot. Mr Hart was very competent and extremely professional during the session. He put all of us at ease and gives good tips for us to pose correctly. Thank you.
Kazuo Nakamura
Kazuo Nakamura
December 27, 2023.
Our experience with photographer Hart from Tomato.sg was nothing short of exceptional! The booking process, led by Hazel, was not only smooth but also showed a personal touch with warm congratulations on our newborn. Hazel's attention to detail and awareness of our situation was impressive. On the day of the shoot, Hart's magical touch with babies immediately won us over. He took the time to understand our baby, ensuring the session resulted in the best possible outcomes. We highly recommend Tomato.sg for capturing precious moments with professionalism and a personal touch.
deedlit wind
deedlit wind
December 24, 2023.
From May and Peter: 很有经验,对老人小孩都有耐心。尤其对小孩-会哄孩子。 常有温馨提示,我感觉不错 Hart is Very experienced photographer- know how to handle kid and patience toward big group like us. Also hazel was understanding that we postpone the previous date due to my family members got covid. Thanks .
Shu Wei Lim
Shu Wei Lim
December 19, 2023.
Tomato Photo and Hart were very helpful in advising on the photography session and products we would like to purchase. It was a newborn photography for my son. It was pouring and Hart shared that the carpark is not sheltered and advised us to drop off at the pick up point. He offered to lend us an umbrella if we don’t have one to cross the unsheltered carpark to the main building. It’s very heartening for Hart to think about the wellbeing of us and my son. Hart is very experienced in dealing with newborns. My less-than-2 week old son was so comfortable through the 1.5hr session and the pictures taken were able to be taken without any hiccups. The end products were simply breathtaking. Certainly will go back again and will recommend to others!
Elaine Yee-Lian Lee
Elaine Yee-Lian Lee
December 17, 2023.
As we stepped into Tomato Studio, we were welcomed by Photograper Harto's warm and friendly smile. His studio has a living cozy space with snacks, coffee/tea and some boxes of toys which helped kept my two younger nepbews occupied and entertained while they were not required in certain shoots. Harto was able to capture everyone's attention including the four year old nephew. He was just looking into the camera and smiling all the time. No effort was needed or required from family (and this is also the request of Harto, just leave it to him) we call him the child whisperee lol. The whole oredering process was smooth and simple. There os no hard selling (what we really liked) and he will even do a suggested album upon request. Truth is there were like 250 pics after the 1 plus hour session, and it was hard to choose. His professional choices and mocked up album helped us a lot. After all the processing, Harto did a personal delivery to my parent's place which added another personal touch. We want to thank Harto and tomato Photo for the wonderful experience. Our family all enjoyed ourselves very much, and it feels very natural and not stressful, it was not a hurried take and get off session. It was truly a fun and enjoyable.

How important Is It?

A professional headshot is an essential part of your professional brand. It’s the first thing people see when they land on your LinkedIn profile, or any other professional online profiles.

It is important because it is the first impression someone has of you. It’s not just about looking good in a photo, but portraying the right image for your professional brand, your business, your personality.

The professional corporate headshot that is chosen for your professional profile, company website, or marketing collateral helps to set the bar on how they see you and what they think of you before having even spoken with them. A good professional headshot will also help bring you more business or get you hired/shortlisted for a job interview.

LinkedIn Profile Photo

Your LinkedIn profile photo, for example, is one of the most important elements on your entire profile. According to studies, people are able to form their first impression of you within the first 50 milliseconds.

Your professional image should reflect who you are now and where you are going in your professional career. Headhunters and prospective employers uses LinkedIn Profiles as one of the ways to check out, search and select potential candidates. Its the perfect platform to create opportunities to further your career.

Whilst white, grey and black are most commonly used as background for your portraits. We are seeing more and more loud solid colours such as yellow, red that helps make your headshot be distinctive and stand out against the rest on LinkedIn.

It is important to have a professional headshot taken by a photographer who understands the importance of capturing the right look and feel for you for who you are at the particular time of your career. Read about a fellow photographer’s guide to getting the right LinkedIn profile photo.

Websites & Marketing Collaterals

A professional headshot is also an important part of your website and marketing collateral. It helps to humanize your business, making it more relatable to clients. It also helps to build trust and create brand awareness.

Mind you, corporate headshots are not just for the business owners and professionals. Having a consistent look and feel of your staff’s headshots on your website is just as important too. They are also the face of the company where clients, suppliers, vendors who build professional relationships with your team can put a face to a name. White, grey and black are most commonly used as background for your portraits. 

White background being the most versatile, allows graphic designers to work their magic to easily place them in collaterals, posters etc.

A good professional photographer knows how to capture the essence of who you are and can translate it into a great photograph. They would be able to guide you on the right pose, attire, and expression that would be appropriate for your professional headshot so that it allows you to stand out from the crowd.

Resumes/CV

Though it is not compulsory to include a photo in your resume, if you choose to include one, make sure it is a professionally taken photo that makes you look professional, clean and approachable. Using a headshot that is done professionally ensure that your photos give off just the right impression to recruiters or potential employers. In fact, professional headshots may be an essential tool for getting your foot in the door.

If you want to get a job in today’s competitive market, you can’t afford to ignore the value of headshots. Even if you’re not actively looking for work, keeping up to date with professional headshots is a good idea since they help you stay current and can come in handy when networking or applying for internal positions.

Tips To Choosing The Style Of Your Corporate Headshot Photo

A professional headshot is an essential part of your professional brand. It’s the first thing people see when they land on your LinkedIn profile, or any other professional online profiles as well as offline collaterals. Choosing the right professional photographer can be a challenge, especially if you have not had an opportunity to meet and work with one before.

Here are some tips on what you should consider when selecting the right professional corporate headshot photographer for you:

– Do your research and ask for referrals from friends or colleagues

– View the photographer’s portfolio and make sure that their style matches with what you are looking for.

– Meet with the photographer in person to get a feel of their personality and whether you would be comfortable working with them.

-Are the photos mechanical or they do rrrreally bring out the expressions and personality of the subject.

Your professional corporate headshot should look like you and professional. It is essential to have a professional photographer who knows how to set up the right lighting, angles, background colour so that it looks professional yet natural.

Professional corporate headshots are an important investment for your professional career. If you think this is what you need to give yourself a push in your career and personal brand, just drop us an email for more information at info@tomato.sg or WhatsApp us at +65 88580088 and we’ll get back to you the soonest.

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    Very professional. Very quick delivery.

    Open minded, very responsive to your needs.

    Highly recommended.

    Chris Reed
    Google Review, November 2021

    We’ve been using Hart’s services for close to a decade now. Every major occasion in the family has been covered by Hart over the years. His smiling demeanor means he connects very well with kids, making the photos that much more endearing. And his editing work is fantastic as well. Thank you Hart!!

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    Google Review, Dec 2020
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