How Do Professional Photos Improve Your Sales?
So why is it important, in my opinion to have professional photos?
There is the obvious one, in that they are better quality and once you have invested in them, they will be at the right resolution for all kinds of marketing material such as pop up banners etc.
But for me, which probably won’t come as much of a surprise, it is more about the emotional side. When you work with a professional photographer, they know how to position you so that you get the best angle and how to use the light to work with your image.
I remember a time when I was at Slimming World, I had before and after photos of me on the board behind me and sometimes I might have some lose ones on the table. This is in the day before mobile phones and digital camera’s.
One week a new member was shuffling through the content on the table and she picked up a photo of me and said “Wow how much have you lost since this photo?”
My response was; “Probably about a pound it was last week at the Women of the Year Awards”
My point is that to that lady I looked much slimmer and so from that day on I allowing my critic to put me down if I looked bad in a photo. I realised that we all look a bit weird, fat and bizarre if a photo is taken at a strange angle. I love digital photography and selfies on so many levels because it has made ‘some’ people less critical of the perfect picture because you can simply delete and try again if you don’t like it.
And you might associate a different feeling with images of yourself and that can directly impact what you hear when your critic has something to say. When my critic says to me now that I am fat – I can look at the image and agree. Factually I am fat. The difference is that fat is a fact and before I attached the meaning that fat meant lazy, worthless and less attractive. I am far from lazy, I do know that I matter now and I know I am attractive. (That is not meant to sound big headed just acknowledging that I am okay)
When it comes to your professional image and your personality you want to be sure to give your clients a good first impression. I have worked with a number of photographers over the years and my favourite for profile photos is Penny Plimmer from Japics Photographic.
My profile photos get lots of comments and they are great for starting conversations and building relationships. And I get to hear and think nice things about myself. I am reminded daily that I am fun and people can and do see the good in me. It is great to share photos of myself that I like.
This can and does have a positive impact on my confidence. This is not about stroking my ego this is about undoing the years of negative self-talk that had my critic convinced that I was fat lazy and unattractive. If you have any of that negative self talk going on and you want others to believe in you, you have to believe in yourself too.
Yes you can, and many do, fake it, they wear the mask and pretend they feel great when they don’t. I did for years and I even lost 4 stones and discovered that even with a skinny exterior my critic was still not happy.
This constant conflict and lack of clarity and confidence is exhausting and it is not sustainable.
Having a Strength and Solution Detective on your side, training you to notice how you add value and how you are perfect as you are, most definitely boosts confidence and sales. Penny is one of my detectives.
Professional photographers know how to position you to get the best pose.
To give you a bit of a laugh I asked Penny to take these fun shots to demonstrate some of the position I had to be in to make some of the shots work and to generally relax me and stop me taking myself so seriously.
And it gives me the chance to promote Penny and to thank her publicly. Penny is the most amazing lady who will do anything for anyone and she has been a rock for me in business this past 8 years. She never judged me and always made me feel okay to be me. If you know you need to get new profile images done then please get in touch with Penny.
For those that think I am always happy and always smiling, I even had fun practising my serious pose:
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Sheryl Andrews, Founder of Step by Step Listening, is well known for her fast speaking and her passion to make things happen. But what many of you may not know is that in private behind closed doors she was also no stranger to lapses in self belief and an overwhelming sense of not being good enough.
That was until she learned the importance of being heard and asked for support.
By changing the way she listened she was able to manage her critic and gain clarity of what she wanted and the confidence to ask for it.
Sheryl now runs programmes that encourage you to really listen to what you need to work, learn and live at your best with others and the confidence to ask for those needs to be met.
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