1. People need to recognize you.
I am sure before your first face-to-face with a new client, you have already been talking for weeks over the phone or in email. Nothing is more awkward than needing to describe what you look like or what you will be wearing to a client before a meeting at a coffee shop, or walking into their office and telling the receptionist that you are there for your '10am with Jim' and he is right there waiting for a fax. If you had headshots taken a few years ago, I guarantee that technology has changed and we aren't doing that soft focus/glamour shot thing anymore.
2. Unprofessional headshots make you look....Unprofessional.
When you are just starting out in your career, I am sure headshots are not on your list of things you need to spend your money on. But the way you present yourself is how people will perceive you. If you would like to test my theory wear a pair of cut of jeans and your Rolling Stone t-shirt you got back in college to your next interview and see if you get a call back. Now you are thinking: "OK, you're right, I need headshots. My Aunt has a nice camera, so I will have her do it." Well if that is the case, a chef is as good as his stove and a surgeon is as good as his scalpel.
3. You are a grown-up now. Make your Facebook page grow-up too.
It is common practice among hiring managers and recruiters to search possible interview candidates on social media. I did not say it is a fair way to determine a person's character, but it is done. Just swap out that picture of you at the beach with your arms around some girls you just met with a professional headshot. You will be just as cool and just as fun as you were, I promise.
Professional headshots are an essential way to set yourself apart from your competition. They aren't as expensive as you might think and I guarantee they will help you grow your career. Contact me for more info.