If you’ve been asked to provide a “headshot” for your corporate ID badge, this blog post is for you.
Use discretion and context when submitting a likeness of yourself to others.
It might be a cute idea to upload a picture of yourself with a flower tiara for your social media account – It’s not a cute idea for your corporate ID badge.
It might be funny to snap a picture of yourself leaving the liquor store with a basket full of booze. Sure, send it to your buddy’s and have a nice laugh – don’t submit this image for your corporate ID badge.
We all love your besties, but the picture of you both hugging is not a good choice for your corporate ID Badge. It’s going to look odd when half their face is cutout.
Your corporate headshot gives clues... If you have a high-quality image, it speaks to your approachability, warmth, and professionalism. Clues are everywhere.
Find a solid color wall to use for your background. When you take your picture, you should be standing 4-5 feet from the wall. This will avoid any harsh shadows.
Put your phone in portrait mode. This is the reason portrait mode exists (yay). Face the camera so that you can see yourself on your phone screen.
Extend your arms perpendicular (like you're Frankenstein) and position the camera 3-4 inches below your jawline and 3-4 inches above the top of your head.