You can do crazy things to the photographs you take with your mobile phones. If you feel the need, you can add rabbit ears, monkey noses, princess crowns – you name it, you can add it. While I’ve never actually seen a professional profile picture using these animal and prop extras, it’s probably only a matter of time.

The filters we’re most likely to see on profile pictures are the ones that slim your face, make your eyes look like saucers and lengthen your eyelashes to make a camel jealous.

You know what I’m going to say don’t you? Don’t do it! Filters are bad for business; they don’t portray a professional image.

I was very surprised when LinkedIn introduced filters a couple of years ago claiming that an-yone can pick an existing photo of themselves and ‘fix’ it to make it suitable. It also boldly claimed that doing this would save you the expense of hiring a professional photographer.

Hmmm … go on LinkedIn, tell us how to do this?

Apparently, you can crop and straighten the photo as well as edit the brightness, contrast, saturation, and vignette.

Oh, is that it?

A professionally taken headshot won’t need a filter. The lighting and other external settings will already be optimised – and it’ll be straight! Plus, it will look like you – and that’s pretty important in business don’t you agree?

A professional headshot must capture your personality, confidence, competence, and trustworthiness.

Did you know that just by having a profile picture on your LinkedIn account makes your profile 14 times more likely to be viewed than profiles without a headshot? So, you’re ahead of the game even if it’s not the greatest photo. But just imagine the impact if your headshot is perfect?

My role as a headshot photographer is to capture the true you and the heart and soul of your business.

Authenticity matters.

Adjusting the look of your face will just make you look like someone you are not.

Believe me when I say that your future clients will choose you to work with because of your skills, experience, and personality. Would you want to work with someone who had obviously tried to trick you into thinking they’re someone they’re not? No, I thought not.

Step away from the filters.

And my final take-away for this short piece, is that there’s never a need to alter something you don’t like about yourself. You can bet your bottom dollar that what you see as an ‘imperfection’ isn’t. The way you see yourself is not how others see you. When you have warmth in your eyes and a genuine smile that’s a winning look!

When are your next headshot sessions?