How Important is a Professional Head Shot?

First Impressions

Need I say more? We all know only too well how important first impressions are and with business nowadays normally first conducted via an online search for your product or services, it’s important you represent them well with a professional head shot. Virtual personal branding is as important as a firm handshake once was in introducing yourself to the world.

Especially for Small Business Owners…

Your face represents your business! It’s so important to update your visual brand annually. So taking a photo with your phone’s camera just doesn’t cut it. In fact, it will reflect poorly on you and your business!

Potential Customers

Your potential customers want to know who you are as opposed to just what you do. And without a head shot available on your website or social media site, no initial trust can be formed. People only want to do business with people they feel they can trust.

Job Hunting and Recruiting

Depending on your industry, many professionals are on LinkedIn and it is used to keep others posted on a current job status and for looking at peer’s statuses. I’ve heard from others that if you’re not getting messages from recruiters, then you’re LinkedIn is not serving it’s purpose. Therefore, keeping your LinkedIn up-to-date is key! You’re probably already aware that One of the first things people see on LinkedIn is your photo. If you want to show a recruiter or a future employee that you’re serious and experienced, then your photo should show that too.

The Importance of a Professional Photographer

This is when it becomes really important to choose your photographer wisely.  The right photographer will prepare you in advance about what to wear and, if applicable, where to do the session for atmosphere, to achieve the desired effect in your profession. She will know how to make you feel at ease on the day if  you’ve never spent any length of time in front of a camera lens. She will use her trained skills to  be able to set up lighting, composition, backgrounds and props appropriate to your goal and advise you on posing. She will show you the camera’s images from the back of her camera as you do them to ensure you’re getting what you need.

Some Steps to Consider

  • Hire a professional photographer
  • Hire a professional makeup artist
  • Consult with your photographer or stylist to assist you in choosing the most flattering outfits for your head shot
  • Select at least two outfits in which to be photographed; pick a colorful jacket, tie or scarf, but not so much to detract attention from your face
  • Plan on spending $200 – $800 to get exactly what you need
  • Be sure to get both web-sized and full-resolution files for online use and print, respectively
  • For the full-resolution files, be sure to get a print-release from the photographer


Make sure what you choose to wear for your head shot is up-to-date.

Investing in a professional head shot can do wonders for your business!


3 steampunk female models


According to Wikipedia, Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrialsteam-powered machinery.[1][2] Although its literary origins are sometimes associated with the cyberpunk genre,[3] steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West”, in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has maintained mainstream usage, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. Therefore, steampunk may be described as neo-Victorian.

With regards to fashion, also according to Wikipedia, Steampunk fashion has no set guidelines but tends to synthesize modern styles with influences from the Victorian era. This may include bustles, corsets, gowns, and petticoats; suits with waistcoats, coats, top hats,[56] tailcoats and spats; or military-inspired garments. Steampunk-influenced outfits are usually accented with several technological and “period” accessories: timepieces, parasols, flying/driving goggles, and ray guns. Modern accessories like cell phones or music players can be found in steampunk outfits, after being modified to give them the appearance of Victorian-made objects. Post-apocalyptic elements, such as gas masks, ragged clothing and tribal motifs, can also be included. Aspects of steampunk fashion have been anticipated by mainstream high fashion, the Lolita fashion and aristocrat styles, neo-Victorianism, and the romantic goth subculture.

While I haven’t seen this fashion trend active in Bastrop, Texas, I’m sure many people here will find it as a really cool look!


We Are Family!

We Are Family!

Define “family”

From Merriam-Webster, ”

Simple Definition of family

  • : a group of people who are related to each other

  • : a person’s children

  • : a group of related people including people who lived in the past”

One boy, one girl, and a mom and dad. But this family is special; I could tell by how willing they were to be directed for their family photo. This mom and dad are clearly still in love, and love the life they built with each other. Yes, just spending one hour with them I was able to determine all these facts about them.

I’m so honored that such a prominent, loving family in Bastrop chose me to be their photographer. And we had fun making their images together. What a wonderful experience, wished it could last forever! At least I could capture a little sliver of their beautiful life together!

Fred Ensinger family photo

Head Shots Galore!

Head Shots Galore!

I love doing head shots!

Hi, my name is Marlene, the photographer at All About You Portraits in Bastrop County. In my residential studio, head shots are so fast and easy – I can do one within 10 minutes! But do not fret if you’d *love* a longer session! I offer professional hair and makeup along with outfit changes if you prefer.

I create a setup to create sparkling eyes in every head shot I take, no matter what kind of session you choose.

Here’s a few of my more recent head shots. Call me at 512-626-5986 today to schedule your head shot session! Oh and please note my Black Friday (one day only) special where you can purchase Gift Certificates at 50% off. Yes, you read that right!!! You can purchase them right from my web site! Click HERE to purchase a Gift Certificate!


Harris Ranch

Photographing people on a ranch with their animals is my new love!

A thoughtful daughter from Iowa purchased this portrait session for her parents’ anniversary present who live in Smithville, TX!

These people really love and care for their animals and I think I managed to capture their feelings in these portraits. I would love the opportunity to do these type of portrait sessions more often. Almost every image taken had their dogs or horses in them. Just beautiful!