Curated list of head shot photographers

A lot of my clients end up needing a new head shot while they’re working with me. Since I tend to have multiple clients in major metro areas around the U.S., I decided to start curating a list of head shot photographers who do good work for business head shots–including LinkedIn photos. The intent is not to have every city on here, but to at least have some of the top metro areas.

The criteria I came up with for this list:

  • A client, friend, or trusted business contact used the photographer and recommends them; or it’s someone I know
  • AND I’ve seen the photographer’s work and believe it meets the minimum standards I would have for a LinkedIn head shot for a client (that being said, some of these folks may specialize in business head shots more than others)

I will add to this list regularly to expand it. For the time being, please let me know if any of these existing entries need updating!

Costs

The prices charged by photographers on this list may vary quite widely. I suggest reviewing their website to see their work and think about what budget you’re willing to invest. If you want to consider a lower-priced option, you might want to look at their work first to compare it before making a decision.

You might be able to get a decent or even good LinkedIn head shot for, say, $100 (perhaps through a Groupon or just a low-cost freelancer or studio). However, at that price point, it can be hit or miss. Funds permitting, you might consider making an investment with a top-notch professional. The financial means of my clients vary quite widely, so there’s no right answer for everyone.

Photographers by metro area

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Orange County Area, California

Inland Empire, California

  • Focal Instincts Photography (Kat Meezan) in Corona 949-292-2314
  • Michelle Smith Photography in Redlands 909-280-2404

San Diego Area, California

Ohio Area

New York City

Are You Being Reactive on LinkedIn?

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Stop Being Reactive on LinkedIn, and Start Being Proactive!

While many job seekers focus on applying for advertised jobs on LinkedIn, a more effective approach is to use LinkedIn to contact decision makers at companies of interest when they’re NOT advertising an opening. This is especially true for executive positions.

Use LinkedIn’s “advanced search” feature to identify people who currently work at the company you want to work for, then scroll through the results to pinpoint the person who would be your boss or your boss’s boss if you were to get hired there.

Send the person a short message on LinkedIn asking to arrange a short conversation, either in person or by phone. You could say, for example, that you’re preparing to re-enter the workforce soon and would like to talk to them for research purposes. Don’t ask about job openings or offer to send your resume, which can come across as pushy and desperate.

To send a message to someone who isn’t a connection, you can use InMail, a feature available to those with paid LinkedIn accounts. In fact, this is usually the ONLY reason I recommend someone have a paid account.

By contacting a company when they’re not advertising an opening, you won’t be one stranger among hundreds of applicants. Instead, you’ll be able to build a relationship with someone who will keep you in mind for when they do have a suitable opening, and could even introduce you to decision makers at other companies.

As with many aspects of life, being proactive instead of reactive on LinkedIn can really pay off!

This post originally appeared on KellyDonovan.com.