Let's have a little fun shall we? Let's critique some headshots found on royalty free stock image sites as if they were being used by a real estate agent. Trust me, we've seen it all...so not all of these are far fetched. We found these by typing in "headshot" into the royalty free image site. (btw if you need free royalty-free stock image, click here for over 100 images!)
HERE ARE THE CRITIQUES:
|The lighting isn't that bad! The pose is questionable though. This one doesn't scream "I'm going to help you buy or sell real estate". No need for props, unless you are catering to a specific audience.|
|Very cool. There is too much darkness in here though. You shouldn't wear sunglasses in your headshot, because the eyes and eye contact are a way people can start to build trust with you. Sunglasses will take that away from them.|
|Artsy! The chiaroscuro is very reminiscent of the girl with pearl earings. Not all real estate prospects will be art historians though. This might be fun for a single social media post, but not as your real estate headshot.|
We are not sure why this was even uploaded to the stock image site.
Stay away from overprocessed or "cartoony" photos. Some agents out there do use illustrations for their marketing, but we would advise against it as your headshot. People don't want to be surprised when meeting somebody from the internet for the first time.
|We are certain this is the same person as the first photo. Again, the lighting is good...but the props are unnecessary. We get it, you know how to use a phone. It is an odd choice by the photographer to provide a white backdrop with a white shirt.|
|We get it that you love your wedding photographer...but wedding photography and professional headshots are two different categories. That is like a residential real estate agent using drip emails for commercial real estate clients.|
|This is a great headshot if you are trying to get work in the entertainment industry. However, looking at this headshot don't you get the feeling that something is "off"? Like there was too much photoshop because nobody looks this impeccable. Try not to overcorrect your physical traits, those are what define you! That is also what they expect to see when leads meet you for the first time.|
If you need help with updating your headshot, here is a guide we created to ensure you have the most professional image to match your brand: