3 Common Misconceptions About Professional Business Headshots

May 9, 2023

Are you hesitant about getting a professional business headshots? You’re not alone! Many people have misconceptions that keep them from leveling up their business and professional appearance with high-quality professional headshots. In this article, we’ll explore and debunk 3 of the most common myths and misconceptions I hear from clients when it comes to having business headshots taken.

Misconception 1: “I’m Not Photogenic”

One of the most common misconceptions about professional headshots is that people feel they’re not photogenic – and that’s just not true! It’s completely understandable why many people feel this way though. Many of us have taken selfies or had a friend take a photo of us and ended up hating how we look in the photo.

Maybe it was the light, the angle, or just the lack of direction. Whatever it was, experiencing this can be a real confidence killer and may even make you hesitant to have professional business headshots taken!

But here’s the thing: it’s my job to make you look amazing!

Over the course of my 20+ year career, I’ve perfected making people look incredible in photos through expert posing, using lighting to your advantage, and identifying your best angles. Most importantly though, I help create a fun, engaging, and relaxing environment on set so you can let your authentic self shine and just have fun!

So, even if you don’t think you’re not photogenic – which is totally not true by the way – don’t hesitate to book a professional business headshot session! A skilled headshot photographer will know exactly how to pose you, how to use lighting to flatter your face, and help you relax and showcase your authentic and beautiful self! You might even be surprised at how much you enjoy the experience!

Professional business headshot taken in Old Town Fort Collins of a confident man by Photography By Desiree
Moody black and white Professional Business portrait of an older man taken with studio lighting in Fort Collins, Colorado

Misconception 2: “I Look Too Old”

It’s not uncommon for people to feel like they look too old for professional business photos, but here’s the thing: you should embrace your age and show off your experience! As I mentioned, letting your authentic self shine through in business headshots is extremely important as they are the face of you and your professional brand. So whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting out in your career, it’s important to put your best foot forward and let your personality shine.

As we age, there’s no ignoring the fact that many of us experience a lack of confidence in our appearance which may make us hesitant to have professional headshots taken. Whether these are concerns about how we may be perceived due to our age, that we might be judged based solely on our image, or physical concerns such as wrinkles, age spots, or other signs of aging, this shouldn’t stop you from having a professional headshot taken.

As I’ve mentioned, authenticity and showcasing your personality through your business headshot are so important! I strive to take images that help empower and inspire everyone who steps in front of my camera, and age is no limiting factor to getting an incredible image.

If you’re still hesitant about showing your age in your headshots – I get it. But don’t worry, you’re in good hands! I and my team are expert retouchers that have perfected the editing process and can help hide any signs of aging you may be self-conscious of. Through our refined post-production process, we’ll help highlight the features you love and soften the ones you don’t, all while keeping things natural.


Misconception 3: “I Don’t Have Time”

Another common misconception about professional headshots is that people feel they don’t have time for it. While it might feel like a hassle to schedule a headshot session or like you just don’t have the time in your schedule to dedicate to it, it’s important to remember: professional headshots are an investment in your career or business.

We all know how important first impressions are, but in today’s digital age when impressions are often made online and instantly (did you know that most clients will decide if they want to work with you in just 0.3 milliseconds 😲) positive first impressions are more important than ever!

Approachable friendly business headshot of a modern woman doing a brand photography session with Photography by Desirée.


Professional business headshots are a great way to make positive first impressions, make you and your business look more professional, and give potential clients or investors a better idea of who you are. Another thing to remember is that once you’ve taken the time to book a professional headshot photographer and get your headshots taken, you’ll have your photos for years to come! If you’re still unsure about whether professional headshots are worth it, consider doing some research into how they can benefit you and your business. You might be surprised at just how valuable they can be!

To Wrap It Up!

By being mindful of these common misconceptions and understanding the value of professional headshots, you can take the leap and book your business photoshoot with confidence. Remember, professional headshots are an investment in your career or business, and they can help you make a great first impression online or in person. So, don’t let your misconceptions hold you back – take the plunge and let your authentic self shine through in your professional business photo.

Ready to take your professional image to the next level? Book now!

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