If you’re on the cusp of scheduling your brand photoshoot or recently wrapped up a session, let’s chat about the next big thing – how to get the most bang for your buck. We’ll get into the nitty gritty of maximizing your Return on Investment (ROI) for your brand photoshoot. As a fellow entrepreneur, I know how important it is that every dollar counts.

Every year I’ve been in business, I have a brand photoshoot to stock up on images for my blogs, website, and social media. You’ll see these photos in my email signature, as headshots for all my community channels, and sprinkled throughout my feed. I truly make the most out of each album, and because I haven’t done anything wildly drastic with my hair, I can still use the photos from my 2-year-old session.

So, where exactly am I using my brand photos? Here’s how I get the most out of every photoshoot.

#1: Personalizing your website.

Your website is your digital storefront, the online representation of your brand. And what better way to make it truly yours than with professional, customized images? From your homepage banner to your about page, services, or even the 404-error page, infuse your personality, your brand’s story, and your passion into every nook and cranny of your website.

Sure, you can use stock images, but why not be unique and create a bank of your own? It doesn’t have to be strictly photos of your face. For example, I have some of my daily planner. Showcase your authenticity, create a genuine connection with your audience, and watch as your brand credibility skyrockets.

#2: Add pizzazz to your email signature.

We often overlook the potential of an email signature. It’s more than just a digital business card; it’s an opportunity to make your emails more personal, more relatable, and, well, more you. Include a professional headshot from your branding session in your email signature. This small touch can foster familiarity, reinforcing your brand with every sent email.

#3: Sprinkle into your blog posts.

Using your branding photos in your blog posts is like adding a sprinkle of fairy dust – it brings your content to life. They visually break up the text, making it more digestible and engaging. Furthermore, they can give your audience a sneak peek of what’s in store, enticing them to read your posts. And let’s remember, they increase the shareability of your content, helping you reach a wider audience.

#4: Social media – your visual playground.

Social media platforms are your visual playground, an ideal space to flaunt your stunning brand photos. Whether it’s creating engaging posts on Instagram, crafting enticing stories, designing captivating Facebook cover photos, or curating a professional LinkedIn profile, your branding photos are your ticket to a visually consistent and memorable social media presence.

Using an app like Later can help you preview your grid to keep it consistent with your overall image.

#5: Crop it like it’s hot!

Dare to venture into the realm of creativity with your photos. When cropped in various ways, a single image can generate multiple unique visuals. A close-up crop can draw attention to a detail, a wide crop can provide context, and a medium crop can narrate a story. With clever cropping, you can stretch the usage of each image, ensuring your content remains fresh and exciting.

#6: Get Canva-savvy.

If Canva isn’t on your radar yet, it’s time to introduce yourself! This easy-to-use design tool lets you overlay text on your images, creating custom visuals for your website, blog posts, or social media. Whether it’s your brand’s tagline, an inspirational quote, or a compelling call-to-action, Canva can transform your photos into personalized graphics. Just remember to stick to your brand’s fonts and colours to maintain consistency.

#7: Newsletters that pop.

If you’re regularly sending out newsletters to your audience, your brand photos can add a splash of colour, a dash of personality, and a whole lot of appeal. They can make your newsletters visually delightful, engaging, and cohesive with your brand’s identity, keeping your audience eagerly awaiting the next one.

#8: Ads that turn heads.

Thinking of running an ad campaign? Your brand photos can be your secret weapon. High-quality, on-brand images can grab attention, communicate your message clearly, and inspire action. They can serve as the visual hook that draws potential customers in, making your ads more effective and memorable.

#9: Power up your print materials.

While we’re steeped in the digital age, the power of print materials is undeniable. Business cards, brochures, banners, or even direct mailers – all these can benefit immensely from your professional brand photos. They enhance the visual appeal of these materials, leaving a strong impression during networking events, tradeshows, or even in a direct mail campaign.

If you’re a personal service-based business, like a Realtor, putting your headshot on your business card may be worthwhile. The more people see your face, the more likely they will recognize your brand!

#10: Repurpose and reuse.

Finally, remember the power of repurposing! A single image can serve multiple purposes, from a social media post to a section of your newsletter or even part of a new product launch announcement. The possibilities are endless when you start thinking creatively.

Your brand photoshoot is more than just a day in front of the camera. It’s a powerful tool in your marketing arsenal that can enhance your brand’s visibility, credibility, and relatability. By maximizing the use of your brand photos, you’re not just getting the most out of your investment; you’re building a stronger, more memorable brand.

So, fellow entrepreneurs, let’s embrace the spotlight, let our photos do the talking, and pave the way to success. Remember, your brand is unique, your story is worth sharing, and your journey is unfolding beautifully. Here’s to making every snapshot count!

Until next time,
Kianna Sunshine