In this short 4 minute video, I explain how a professional photograph helps you become ‘unstuck’.
Headshots are like pushing a boulder down the hill – really. You start pushing hard, feeling the strain, and then comes the tipping point. That’s kind of like the feeling you get when you’re ready to launch your new business.
Feel proud of your new project
Now, you’re so proud to be self-publishing your book, finalizing a website, applying for your dream job. You’re in the right place to communicate effectively with clients, reach out to new connections, establish your business values and branding pretty easily because you’re new headshot really showcases what you are about.
But what happens when you are ready to put the finishing touches to your life’s work and can’t see past the one last hurdle. You delay the launch of your website because the bio page is bare, you don’t want to announce your eBooks yet because the dust jacket needs an author page or you’re afraid to miss out on the role because your portfolio lacks an up-to-date headshot.
And that’s when it feels like an insurmountable challenge, like pushing hard against the granite boulder.
So, why don’t move past this awkwardness?
Quite frankly, in our busy days there are lots to distract us: social media, homeschooling, working remotely. It’s a lot easier to tweak your website, proofread another page, add a further reel to your portfolio rather than find time for your headshot.
Even though we know a professional headshot is the first thing people will look at on LinkedIn we fall back on easier tasks that make us feel busy and productive.
But your business is important. Your project is going to be your new venue source, your new marketing tool, your new portfolio item, so I’m going to give you a couple of simple tricks.
Tricks to get your headshot done easily
- First of all, break down the broad fear ‘I need a new headshot’ into simple steps:
- Find a photographer via google search images
- Call to see if you like them
- Book a date and time
- Pick what to wear using your brand colours
- Arrive feeling confident and in control
When taking a big project and break it down into manageable steps, it will give you clear directions stop you from worrying about what to do.
- Second, ask for help.
If you take the idea, “Look confident in your photo,” what does it even mean? That’s why you procrastinate and put off booking your session. When you see the type of photo you want and ask the photographer to show you what to do, success, you’ve just launched that boulder down the hill. Cheering and clapping!
- Plan a date night – with friends, family, or loved ones.
You’ll be surprised to discover that portrait sessions aren’t about getting a photograph. They’re actually about the transformation you feel throughout the session. Just like that boulder rolling down the hill, portrait sessions can seem a little tricky at the start, but once we gain momentum, it becomes a joy and you’ll be surprised at how much you enjoy your session.
You’ve worked hard to get your project off the ground, now is the time to reward yourself for all the blood, sweat, and tears you’ve poured into life’s work. Use that excitement at the end of the session and go for a fun night out with friends and family.
So, 3 things, really simple: break down the fear into tiny steps, ask for help, and plan a reward.
I hope you find these tips useful. Until next time. Remember. Be kind to yourself. Look out for others. And be brave, make life happen!
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- How I deliver your style guide
- Branded email tutorial
- Jargon to know
- Sharing photos on the go