Headshot by a Professional or a Selfie. Can I Shoot My Own?

Can I Shoot my Own Headshot?

Whether you are just starting a business or want to update an outdated business portrait, you may be wondering whether you need to hire a professional headshot photographer or if you can instead just shoot your own headshot.  After all, everyone has a smartphone these days, so you can just take a “selfie”, right?

Headshots for Professionals or Selfie?

While you technically can take your own “selfie”, or have a friend take a portrait to use for your business website and other marketing materials, we don’t think you should take that approach, for a number of reasons. 

First of all, your social media profile, website and marketing materials will often be the first impression you make. Prospective clients and business partners will be evaluating you. By taking a “do-it-yourself” approach, your first impression can end up looking like you didn’t put a lot of effort into your image.  That is not the impression you probably want to make. A good professional headshot or business portrait will show you the way you want to be portrayed.

With a variety of backgrounds available, a professional photographer will also be able to make your business portrait look its best, without you having to search for the best spot to take your own photos.  

You probably don’t cut your own hair, even though you technically can; you also probably don’t change the oil in your car yourself. You rely on the people who do those jobs every day to handle those things for you, right? Don’t treat your business portrait any differently. 

You want to look polished, professional and confident, and a good professional photographer will help you do just that. Let the pros handle your business portraits so you can focus on your business and not on what filter to use on your phone’s camera. 

Contact us to schedule an appointment for your own professional headshots and business portraits.

Donald Trump has an image, but would it be right for you?

When you see photos of Donald Trump, he usually has a scowl on his face or his mouth is wide open or his hairdo is blowin’ in the wind. That’s his image. I guess he likes it because he perpetuates it.

What is your or your company’s image? Is it what you want it to be? Is it not quite what you want? If not, do you know how to change it?

The best way to project a company’s image is through photographs. Headshots of the people who make up your company will go a long way to tell potential customers or clients just who you are. That image tells the world about the qualities of your company or its products and services.

The right photographer will get to know you so that he or she can capture the look or feel you want to portray, whether yours is the best tattoo parlor around, the best house cleaning service, or the most competent team of  lawyers in the city.

Look around. Do your research. Get educated. Ask the right questions.


Would you go to McDonald’s for fine dining?

I feel comfortable in saying the answer would be a resounding NO. (For the record, we have NOTHING against McDonalds…my twins LOVE their Happy Meals and Yogurt!!!)

You WOULD go to a restaurant that has a reputation for serving a delicious prime rib or delicately prepared fresh salmon or….you fill in the blank.

The same holds true when looking for a professional portrait photographer to capture the images of the people who make up your company. Whether that company is a bank or credit union, university, hospital, law firm, lobbying shop, insurance agency or a political candidate, finding the right photographer and studio is critical.

Just like you wouldn’t go to McDonald’s to enjoy a fine dining experience, you wouldn’t go to a photo booth to take the picture that would appear with your corporate bio.

Choosing the right photographer should be done carefully and after some research.

That photographer may not always be the least expensive. When requesting a quote, make sure to compare the details of what is offered.

  • Will you have unlimited use of the images?
  • Are the images retouched and is that included in the price?
  • How long will it take for you or you and your colleagues to receive the finished product?
  • Will you have to go to a studio, or will they come to you?
  • How long have they been in business?

Take the time to make the right choice. It’s important. It’s YOUR brand.


DC Corporate Headshots is a Division of Rouse Photography Group, LLC; serving the DC/MD/VA area since 1997. We service the business community in 31 cities across the United States and Canada.   We would love an opportunity to help you choose the right photographer for you. Check out our website at Drop us an email or call us at 888.984.4777. Let’s talk.

250+ Portrait Sessions for PwC at Georgetown University

Business headshots at Georgetown University

Today we had the pleasure of working with the Campus Recruiting team at PwC during their efforts at Georgetown University where we created 250+ business portraits for students. PwC “gets it” when it comes to setting up and providing an awesome experience for these soon to be professionals.

Nothing beats a crisp, clean, white background when it comes to portraits like this. The background is modern and doesn’t compete with the subject. These students all received the benefit of a great image for use on their social media profiles which should give them a leg-up on their competition when it comes to looking for a job.

This assignment was similar to efforts we’ve done at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and School of Social Work.  We create new business portraits for LOTS of students over a relatively short amount of time.

Business headshots are essential in this day and age.

Some companies and organizations request headshots before hiring, and having a LinkedIn account without a headshot is an easy way for your profile to be overlooked. Providing students with quality headshots even before they graduate we’re giving them a BIG step over the competition. Just make sure you don’t choose the wrong headshot for your profile.

If your career services department is interested in offering this service to your students give us a call at 202-552-0025. We’d love to talk to you.

Business Portraits for Georgetown University












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New Client Welcome: Hertzbach & Company, P.A

Welcome to our newest corporate client,  Hertzbach & Company, P.A!

Hertzbach & Company is a valued advisor to businesses in a variety of industries throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. We are proud of the clients we serve in Baltimore, Washington DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

We worked with several of the executives at Hertzbach in their Rockville office and the sessions couldn’t have gone any better! We’re looking forward to working with you again soon.

If you’re a CPA firm with a need for outstanding corporate headshots and business portraits we’d love to hear from you. We have a 15+ year track record of creating Rockville’s best headshots with a minimal impact on the busy schedule of your executives.  You can reach us by phone at 202-596-1548.



Do you need a Portrait or Headshot?

You’ve searched the interwebs and looked at your co-workers photos and searched all around LinkedIn. You’ve found a PROFESSIONAL photographer and look at her portfolio, but you still don’t know if you need a portrait or a headshot. I mean…they are the same. Right? WRONG!

A business portrait (also called an executive portrait) generally contains more (see top row) of the subjects body (half, 3/4 or full length). A common variation is the environmental portrait where the subjects surroundings are an integral aspect of the final image.

A head shot or headshot is a specific type of portrait (see bottom row) that realistically demonstrates a person’s appearance for business and professional branding. A headshot should be of the subjects head and shoulder area. It should NOT be half, 3/4 or full length.


Portraits typically show more of an individuals body and can be anything from 1/2 length to full length or more. A headshot is a “head and shoulders” style image


Don’t Choose the Wrong Profile Photo

We’re experts at shooting and selecting business portraits. Since we specialize in the BUSINESS portrait we’re keenly aware of what looks best on websites, LinkedIn, brochures, etc. Yet we’ve noticed time and time again that if we leave the selection process 100% up to the individual they will frequently select an image that isn’t the “best of the best”. More importantly, if we allow the subject to dictate the way the session goes we would rarely create acceptable images.

I recently found this article on Photo Feeler that explains 3 scientific reason why clients select the wrong profile photo.

Choosing the Right Profile Photos

Choosing the Right Profile Photos

CEO Portraits for Philips North America

We recently had the opportunity to create an environmental portrait of the CEO of Philips North America. We had previously worked with their team at a shoot we produced in Baltimore last year and it’s always nice when we get to work with a clients on a repeat basis, even though this was their CEO (no pressure). We received the initial contact via email on Friday afternoon and within a few hours we had a shoot scheduled for Tuesday morning. Ultimately we did move the shoot to Wednesday morning to better accommodate the client (we understand the needs of high level executives).

We processed the images in Capture One and delivered the files to the client using our PhotoShelter archive.

Nationwide availability means that we come to you —anywhere in the country. We have photographers positioned in the 30 largest major metropolitan cities in the United States and we provide businesses of all sizes with unique portraits that undoubtedly become part of their professional and personal message.


Portrait Assignment for The University of Notre Dame

We had the pleasure of crating a new portrait for Notre Dame’s most recent Rhodes Scholar, Alex Coccia, at his home in Washington DC. Talk about IMPRESSIVE! Alex was the ND student body president, lettered as a member of the varsity fencing team (National Champions ’11), led a student campaign against sexual assaults  and also earned a Truman-Albright Fellowship (that’s not all, but we’ll keep it short for this blog.)

If you’re part of a University Public Relations, Media, or Multimedia department feel free to give us a call at 888-984-4777 to discuss your photography needs in the Washington DC area. We’re experts at creating images onsite as well as in our Capitol Hill studio.






Corporate Headshots for the Staff at National Geographic

Today we created new and updated business portraits for 55 of the AWESOME staff members at National Geographic.

I’ll admit it…if we ranked our clients (we would never do that publicly) but if we did…NatGeo would be TOPS on the list. They are the BEST!!! We’ve been working with them for 3+ years and have photographed over 450 people in Washington DC and it never gets old.

After coaching each and every client we sit with them and help them select their favorite image. Trust me when I tell you this is the hard part…but with our guidance and tips plus feedback from the individual we have created a process that works 100% of the time. GUARANTEED.



Cropping a Business Portrait

Business Portraits for National Geographic