DUBAI BUSINESS HEADSHOTS BLOG
As someone who takes pride in being in the business world, but not of the business world, I tend to view the sterile habits, practices, and trends that so often define business culture from an outsider’s perspective. This is to say, I find it pretty difficult to get down with things like canned networking events, stodgy cover letters, and the bastardization of quotes to emphasize big business-y words like “synergy” and “teamwork.” But of all the bad business-people tendencies I’ve come across, few come close to the business set’s seemingly innate compulsion to take and use really bad headshots. You know the ones: posture set at a cool 90˚, head facing six-o’clock, hands in lap, requisite power suit, smug and/or detached facial expression, fluorescent lighting, overuse of Photoshop, taken a long time ago…
When the official portrait of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, was revealed in London. The duchess described the painting as “amazing”, but critics referred to the image as “evil,” “rotten” and even “dull.” As a member of the Royal Family, Kate Middleton is one of the most scrutinized women on the planet. It’s perhaps not surprising that a lot of fuss (both good and bad) is often made about the duchess. Still, many people were surprised by all of the portrait drama that infiltrated the internet this morning, but maybe they shouldn’t be. After all, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” or so the saying goes. In this day and age, the first impression people might make about you could be a direct result of a photo or your online presence.
A successful company may be the sum of its employees, their work and its products, but the human face of a company will often be represented by a small number of people: the CEO, the members of the board, and the officers who make the key decisions. Shareholders, clients and partners may love a company’s brand — but they still want to know who lies behind the strategy and who is setting the direction. They want to know whom they’re doing business with.