How Often Should I Update my Headshot?

How Often Should I Update my Headshot?

Great headshot? Check.

Up-to-date headshot? Ummm….

For maximum impact, it’s important to refresh your headshot regularly. Your headshot must be an honest representation of you. That means today you, not eight-years-ago you! You're not the same person you were eight years ago.

Rochester Hills Photographer

The Coffee Shop Test

How do you know it’s time for an update? Try the coffee shop test.

Ask yourself: if someone is coming to meet you in a coffee shop, would they be able to pick you out of the crowd based only on your headshot?

If you’re not so sure, it’s defintely time for an upgrade.


The Coffee Shop Test is my go-to, but the fact is that you should be updating your headshot regularly. it’s also great to think about updating your headshot at major professional milestones.

  • Earning a big promotion
  • Moving into management
  • Starting a job search
  • Switching industries
  • Launching a side hustle / passion project
  • Jumpstarting your freelance or consulting work

A big change in industry or seniority can mean it’s time for a different look. Moving to the west coast to work in tech? Let’s ditch the suit. Moving into management? Time to add a tie.

I'm sure you've heard the phrase, "Dress for the job you want, not the job you have." The same idea applies here. Your headshot projects where you're going, not where you've been. The right headshot will get you in the door — it's up to you to close the deal.

Out with the old

I know it can be tough to let go of a favorite image — especially if you look at it and see a few less wrinkles or a little more hair than you see in the mirror today.

Don’t worry. We’ll have you looking better than ever. This is what I do. With the right professional lighting and smart posing techniques, you'll look your absolute best. We’ll make eight-years-ago you jealous.

Let’s chat

If your business depends on networking and meeting new people every day, then a regular headshot update is essential. Don’t hesitate to give me a call for a quick consult. We can talk about that next big career step. And I’d love to hear how your professional journey is unfolding. If you’ve worked with me in the past, you’re eligible for special returning client rate.

And if you live around Rochester, I'd love to meet for coffee! My favorite two spots are the Bean and Leaf and Dessert Oasis.