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Molly, the owner and chief dreamer at Molly Hebda Photography, has a passion for helping creative, purpose-driven women in business feel seen with confidence and strength. Without compromising their femininity.

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If you have found this article, you must be thinking about why personal branding photography is important. You have heard that it’s a must-have in this visual, social media-led world, but do you really need it? What is personal brand photography?

Standing out amongst the sea of competitors can feel pretty tough, especially if you aren’t used to being in the spotlight. As a personal brand photographer who has worked with numerous brands and predominantly with women-identifying entrepreneurs, I get it. But I have seen firsthand the transformation in brand uplift and confidence that personal brand photography can make!

This blog will highlight the importance of personal brand photography and explain why you should dive in confidently to bring your personal branding to life and truly connect with your audience. Let’s get started!

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What is Personal Branding Photography

Before we delve into why personal branding photography is important, it’s good to get an idea of what personal branding photography is.

Personal brands are those where you know or see the face behind the brand. It becomes that person who is synonymous with the business. Personal brands often let their personalities shine through and build a community, feeling like you know the brand and face behind it personally. You want to resonate with your audience and find your people.

Personal brand photography is when you take all the elements that make you and your brand unique, such as your color palette, brand mission, and overall brand message, and mix it all together in one awesome photo shoot melting pot to bring out your personality and vibe through the photographs. 

Most importantly, personal branding photography is about YOU and bringing that out through the lens. But why is it so important? Read on to find out!

Why Personal Branding Photography Is Important

As a personal branding photographer, I get this question quite a lot. You may feel it unnecessary, costly, or even shy away from being in the ‘limelight,’ but if you want to connect with your target audience and show up as your true, authentic self, purposeful and considered photography will help to boost your business goals for sure, and not to mention confidence!

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Creating a First Impression

You may have heard that first impressions are everything! So if you don’t build that connection within a few seconds, then it’s likely those customers or potential clients will bounce off your website or not follow your socials.

In such a short space of time, you have to make a first impression; you need to make them feel like they have found the right person or business they have been looking for. This is where your brand photography steps in! Your images can quickly communicate an emotional connection by displaying your confidence, warmth, or even quirkiness and provide a glimpse into what you and your world are all about. Getting this right not only helps them but also helps you to find your dream clients!

Sharing Your Personality

Another reason why personal branding photography is important is sharing your personality. Being a personal brand means that you are selling YOU! It’s that connection that will draw your clients in and help them to get to know you better. Ultimately, showing up as the face of your brand is the difference between everyone else who’s doing what you are doing! It’s you who sets your business apart from all the rest!

So, showing them what drives you and what you are passionate about through photographs allows for that instant connection and where clients can start to imagine what working with you would be like for them.

Building Trust and Confidence Through Brand Photography

A lot of businesses download and post stock photographs; these come across as impersonal and general, and it’s quite difficult to build any connection with random images. If you opt for personal branding photography, then you are showing actual, real-life pictures of who they will be buying from or working with.

Personal branding photography’s importance can not be underestimated. Your ideal clients need to get to know the real you to establish if they actually like you and, therefore, trust you. Showing up as your true, authentic self in branding photographs ensures that you have already gained a great deal of trust from the get-go. How many times have you followed total strangers on Instagram and feel like they are your best friends? 

Brand photographs can convey a message to develop this trust, and people respond well to positive behavior. It can help to show honesty in your actions, stay true to your values, and be yourself in your photographs rather than conforming to others’ expectations.

Building that trust means that you’ll have returning clients, people who recommend your services, pay it forward and leave positive reviews.

Boosting Your Self-Confidence Through Personal Brand Photography

Just taking the first step to book a brand photography session can be a huge boost to your confidence. Let’s face it: there aren’t too many people who love being photographed, and if I had a dollar for every client who told me that, I would be a rich woman! But I believe in helping women be visible and display their strength while still showing their true authenticity. There wasn’t one person I showed the result of my photos to who didn’t smile proudly afterward.

Seeing yourself in a genuine light and proudly showing the world what you and your business are all about can give you that confidence boost to help ignite that fire in you and boost your professional ventures.

Creating A Unified Brand Image For Consistency

In this fast-paced, constantly changing world filled with a flood of information, brands, and choices, people seek something consistent to rely on. That’s where creating a unified photographic brand image comes in.

By creating a unified and unique set of brand images across all your marketing channels, such as websites and social media profiles, you not only convey a strong message to your audience but also keep your brand firmly rooted in the minds of those people you would love to work with.

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Why Hire A Branding Photographer

So, now that you have learned why personal branding photography is important, it’s essential to understand why you should invest in a branding photographer.

As an experienced brand photographer myself, I have the expertise and knowledge to achieve the brand you want to portray. You may do countless Pinterest boards or screenshots of other styles you like to illustrate what you are about, but with a professional brand photographer, we know how to make those ideas come to life in your images!

It’s often a good idea to have an outsider to your business bring a different perspective and bring out the best in you. Brand photographers can suggest new ideas, such as different angles, poses, or themes you may not have considered. Having this industry experience may also help you to stand out even more, avoiding any potential cliches or overdone themes to differentiate you from your competition and make that great first impression that resonates.

And the final reason why you should hire a personal brand photographer is because you are so worth it! Some people may find it self-indulgent to focus their attention on themselves, but this internal messaging is completely wrong. Firstly, for all the reasons outlined above, but more crucially,  you have worked so hard on your business, brand, and vibe that you deserve to have pictures worthy of you!

A personal branding photoshoot is about discovering and showcasing your true, authentic self and the essence of your business. Investing in brand photography helps tell your story through visuals and celebrates who you are.

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Final Thoughts On Why Personal Branding Photography Is So Important

I hope you have enjoyed reading this article on the Importance of brand photography. Showing the real badass woman you are is the main ingredient in the recipe of personal brand photography, and it’s my role as your photographer to get that out of your photoshoot! 
I love to be open and connect with my clients to show them how a real photographer who listens does it! Think of me as your personal cheerleader! So, if you are ready to let your personality and business shine, then you can click here to reach out for a chat! Or if you want to read more about my brand photography click here. I can’t wait to meet you!

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