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One Little Thing I Must Do in 2012

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twitterpicI’ve been asked for it on countless occasions throughout the year, and each time I curse at myself for not having something proper.

My headshot.

Seriously, I need one, and it is on the top of my list for the new year.

If you’re a blogger that’s looking to branch out and do some freelancing or magazine writing, then you definitely need one, too.

At the Blogger Relations Forum, I flipped through the pages of the booklet to check out the other attendees. I felt a little insecure with myself, I must say, especially when you see the artsy portraits of the fashion bloggers before flipping over to the travel bloggers page where my photo is clearly a self-portrait done by holding the camera up myself in my bedroom. I know it doesn’t come off as being bad, but I really wanted to put my BEST face forward.

Earlier in the year, I was asked for a headshot to include with my article that got published in US Airways Magazine. Of course, I freaked as I scoured photos on my computer for an hour in search of a decent shot.

The same goes for the Canon Island Blogger Competition where my little headshot is featured in the Canon Island app on Canon Australia’s Facebook page.

Heck, I’ve even been frustrated with my lack of good portrait shots for my own website.

These are all instances where having a proper headshot is… well… kind of important.

  • They help you put your best face forward — helping to make that lasting first impression.
  • They help you look professional, and in this business, any little edge counts.
  • They help you feel confident.

Do you agree that a good headshot is important in the writing and blogging world? It’s on my list!

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11 Responses to One Little Thing I Must Do in 2012

  1. Tony December 30, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    Yes def mandatory. It only adds to your credibilty and shows you mean business. Now, must delete those poor headshots from my recent weekend away 🙂

    • Brooke January 6, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

      Now to find one of those groupon type discounts for them 🙂

  2. Shereen December 31, 2011 at 4:28 am #

    I DO think it’s important to have a decent headshot. Before I was finishing my book, mine was one I had taken myself, though, to be honest, my good one is one I did myself, too. I used my quikpod to get a bit further away, set the timer on my camera and took about 50, A friend picked the best few and used photoshop to blur the background and make it look a lot more professional. If you don’t have something that can help you do the pictures yourself (which I think made me less self-conscious), have Pat take an hour out of his day to help you out 🙂

    • Brooke January 6, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

      Yeah, maybe I’ll try at home again. We tried that in the past and just wasn’t ever able to make them work. I’d feel much more “professional” having something great!

  3. Alouise December 31, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    I’ve never actually given a good headshot any consideration, but I can definitely see the appeal. That might be something I’ll have to look into for 2012.

    • Brooke January 6, 2012 at 6:58 pm #

      Definitely – even just for guest posting it is worth it. 🙂

  4. bethany January 1, 2012 at 3:02 am #

    I agree. We need one too – and there is really no excuse not to have one. I guess I’ve just been lazy about it.

    If you want you can always use one of the ones from the Bosphorous cruise. You look really cute and adventurous and they look unique – different from other typical headshots. I always think looking different helps to stand out and be remembered.

    If you want I can look around and see if I have something else from Istanbul that might work too. 🙂

    • Brooke January 6, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

      Ooh yes, I’d like to have another look at those photos you took 🙂 If you find anything good, send it over. As for you guys, I like that photo of you both in Iceland. So cute. 🙂

  5. JoAnna January 4, 2012 at 3:05 am #

    I absolutely agree that having a good headshot is important. I get mine done every two years. Here’s a tip: Check for aspiring photographers on Craigslist who are looking to expand their portfolios. They’ll often do the photos for free.

    • Brooke January 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

      Good idea on the Craigslist. I’ll check on Gumtree here in Sydney 😉

  6. Katina January 16, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    I’m having that same debate at work atm! It’s been suggested I get a headshot for film reviews I do and I’m really conscious about it but thinking it’s a great idea. Would definitely be handy for you though!

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