5 Reasons why you need to update your headshot

Perfectly happy with your current headshot?  Think you don’t need a new one?  Here’s why you might actually need to update it…

3 headshot photograph examples by Jane Mucklow


Wondering if you need to update your headshot yet?  Here are my 5 reasons why you might really need to…


Reasons to update your headshot #1: Time. 

So how long have you had your current headshot for? Unfortunately, we do all get older, and that means we change a little bit each year.  Your headshot however, needs to look like you do now, so that you are recognisable – not look like you did 20 years ago!  You don’t want people to think ‘Oh she’s aged lots’ when they meet you in real life, do you?!  So if it was taken more than two to three years ago, it’s time for a new one!  Be honest about your age, and your experience, rather than mislead your customers.



Reasons to update your headshot #2: It’s unprofessional

Was your current headshot taken when you were just starting out with your new business, and you had no money for a professional headshot? If it is a selfie, or taken by your partner or friend, rather than a professsional photographer, then it is definitely time for a new one – and a professional one at that!  You need to show you are serious about your business, and look the part in your headshot too.



Reasons to update your headshot #3: Hair

Has your hair changed colour, grown out, been cut much shorter, or now in a totally different style to your current headshot?  Then it is time for a new one!  You need to be recognisable remember?  I’ll include beard/moustache changes for the men here too.



Reasons to update your headshot #4: Weight

It’s time to be a little personal.  Have you gained some weight recently, or lost lots?  Either way, it usually affects your face shape too, and means that it is time for a new photo.



Reasons to update your headshot #5: Style

Is the style of your current headshot current?  Is your once-trendy clothing now drastically out of date, or (especially if #1  is also the case), is the style of the photograph now no longer on-trend? For example some time ago, black and white headshots were everywhere, but now not so much.



Reasons enough to update your headshot?

Like an updated website, an updated headshot shows you are current and keeping up with your business.  As you can see, the rule of thumb is to ask yourself if you look any different now, than in your existing headshot.  And if you do, it is time for a new one! 

I could also add, if you are bored with your current photo, why not refresh your website and social media profiles with a new one, or if you just don’t like it anymore, get on and sort out a new one! 

Or maybe your headshot isn’t working effectively for your business?  Read my new blog about what your headshot should be doing for you here: How to get a more effective headshot.



Headshot sessions with me…

Let me solve all these issues by booking a space at one of my headshot days 🙂

This is a brilliant way to update your photos, without taking the time and cost of a whole branding shoot, and/or also to give you a feel for what it’s like working with me if you’re thinking about investing in a whole set of branding photos too.

And I would love to meet you in real life if you can get to Sevenoaks!

There’s more info on my website, along with lots of examples from that last headshot day so you can see what the space is like and the sort of photos we can get: Headshot Day.  At the time of writing the next one is on May 4th 2021, but the linked page will get updated with the next date once I know when that will be.  I’m aiming to run these days every few months.

Or if you would like to go for the whole branding shoot, for something much more bespoke to you, with lots more photos for you to use, then have a look at the info for that here: Branding Photos – Capture Your Brand.  (These sessions all include headshots too).

If you’re not local, then I’m sorry I can’t photograph you, at the moment anyway without lots of travelling.  But I hope this was still useful to know whether you need to sort out updating your photos. 

Jane x


3 headshot photograph examples by Jane Mucklow

The headshot examples in this post are all taken from the photographs I took during mini headshot sessions at the Kent launch of the networking group Girl Tribe Gang at Fego in Sevenoaks, summer 2018.

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