I was once talking with a friend who had been unhappy at work for some time. Although she loved what she did, she had been passed over for several opportunities for promotion. She was frustrated and began resenting those who had been with the company for a shorter time but had advanced more quickly.
My personal interest in photography led me to ask to see her business profile picture, the one used internally for colleague contacts. What she showed me was a snapshot taken on her first day with the company (6 years ago)...her hairstyle was outdated, and the picture was overexposed. She was shocked; she hadn't really looked at that picture for quite some time, and immediately wondered what people must think of her when they see it. It was not representing her current image. She came in for a session and we worked together to create a collection of updated business portraits. She used them for work, as well as social media; she hadn't thought about how her profile pics on Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In can affect how she is perceived professionally.
Perception is often reality, and a business or social media profile picture is often the first time a person will actually see you. When they look at your picture, what will their perception be about you?
If you don’t have a professional photo (and if it hasn't been recently updated), people will often come to the conclusion that you don’t take your career seriously and you may not be very professional yourself. Women have a hard enough time in many workplaces without this added problem. Make the effort to invest in yourself and create a solid professional portrait. You are worth it.
I invite you to a personal session with me. It will change the way you see yourself.