Carolynn contacted me in regards to acquiring some portraiture for both professional and personal use. I appreciated not only being given the opportunity to provide the portraits but also her recognition of the importance of professional portraits in the professional world. I am amazed at the quality of imagery some professionals are using. I personally have a difficult time recognizing someone as a respected professional when they are putting forth a low quality image. I mean we all know about first impressions. When the first impression potential clients have of you, via your website or printed materials, is the photo you are putting out there, it should be aligned with who you are, what you do, and the message/persona you wish to convey. Scanning in your driver’s license image is not going to leave a strong impression… well at least not the kind you wish to leave.
Give some thought to what you have out there… is it current? My first question is one of integrity when someone shows up to a meeting looking 20 years older than the image on their website. People want to trust the image you are putting out there. Is it relevant? Does the image show the confidence, level of approachableness, etc, that you wish to get across?
So, please… give it some thought and make a decison. There are many of us out there willing to help you put forth the image you envision yourself having.