In this second post on professional head shots for business (including adults and children involved in using head shots for acting / modeling / theater), we’ll talk about how often you need an updated head shot and when the timing changes.
Adults should update their head shots every one to two years. A lot can change in that timeframe, and photography and fashion styles also change, and if you want to seem updated and current, then using a 5-10 year old head shot probably won’t do the trick. It will do the opposite – it will make you look dated and out of touch.
Children, on the other hand, especially younger ones who are growing and changing a lot, should have updated images taken every six months. Once a year at the very, very least.
Other reasons why you should consider an updated set of images are:
- If you’ve dramatically changed your hair, including length, curl or color
- If you’ve gained or lost more than 10-15 pounds
- If you are starting a new job search or looking to activate your networking skills online due to an upcoming or planned change (changing your profile picture is one way to ensure that you pop up in people’s news feeds on various sites).
- If your current head shot does not reflect the level or position that you have been hired to or are aspiring to. If you are looking to step up in your career path, then having a head shot that says ‘I belong here’ can be not only a confidence booster for you, but a validator for those inquiring about you.
- If you have a website or publicity materials that have been redesigned or relaunched.
I hope this helps. Many people think that investing in new head shots is a cost that should be avoided, but a better way to look at them is as an investment in you and your future.