I'd like to welcome Ann Bolch from A story to tell... as my first guest poster!
If you had the choice, what age would you be?
Would you want to be that cute six year old, just started school and full of curiosity? What about the strapping young thing in their early 20s, vigorous and virile? Or would you return (or even leap forward!) to your mid-30s with that feeling of being just that little wiser than before?
Theoretical question, clearly! Can’t do it. Why bother pondering?
Because the other day during a Creative Connections conversation someone asked Alina how often we should update our professional headshots. It was a good question and the answer matters less than you think.
As the conversation continued, it evolved that the person who asked the question had a professional headshot that she was really happy with. She looked good, which, for her, was combination of skilled, trustworthy and warm. But she was scared that the next one wouldn’t look so good. Why? Because she was five years older.
I jumped in straight away! This is one of my favourite topics … I’ll tell you why.
I do care about how I look and how this makes me feel but, to me, aging is not a bad thing. In fact, it’s a good thing because I’m wiser, fitter and take less crap. I’m in this fortunate position mainly because I was extremely unwell in my late 20s and early 30s. I had an illness so debilitating I imagined a healthy 90-year-old woman would walk, breathe, concentrate and sleep better than I could. With a lot of work, the illness went away. And I don’t take my health for granted.
The upshot. It’s within my power to feel good about myself. If there’s something to work on, I need to do that work. If I don’t do it, clearly I had other priorities. But I don’t fear the older headshot.
PS – the answer to the question is: whenever you feel that your looks have changed, probably inside of five years is a good rule of thumb. Or you can think of it this way: do I want to convey something different? Show it through a professionally taken headshot.
If you'd like to see the evolution of Ann's headshot over time, check out this blog post over at A story to tell!