A Brief History of Photography

Throughout the years, and as technology has progressed, many things have come and gone: ink wells and feathers for writing, Pogo balls, Chia pets, pay phones. Our computers have become portable; our cell phones keep getting thinner. But among all these things, one thing has remained constant: photography.

The first picture that was ever taken came to be in 1826. Back then, the process was so prohibitively expensive, only the very wealthy could get their pictures taken. Fast forward a couple of centuries later, and they have overtaken our lives: With the advent of camera phones, selfies have become ubiquitous; and the phrase “Picture; or it didn’t happen” is as common as seeing happy kids at Disney World.

Photos are the best way to show people what you would otherwise try to describe; to keep memories from fading away, to demonstrate the progress: whether a city throughout the ages, a before and after when undergoing a makeover, or even weight loss goals. It can be art, and it can be evidence in litigation. In a nutshell, the world revolves around photographs.

In the United States, it is becoming common practice to include a headshot with your résumé; and if you haven’t joined that bandwagon, your potential employer will find out what you look like anyway by pulling up your LinkedIn profile. You might as well have control over what the professional world gets to see about you by having a photographer take your picture.

Now, you might be asking yourself why would you pay a professional to take your pictures if, as mentioned above, you have a perfectly good camera on your phone? The reasons are many (proper lighting, better angles, coaching on how to make your expression seem natural and approachable, high-end touch-ups); and the investment is well worth it. Why would you want to do something the same way everyone else does it? The whole purpose of having a headshot is to stand out from the competition.

Photography is here to stay. You might as well make the most out of it.