Upgrade your profile with the perfect headshot

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In the dynamic world of social media, your profile picture is your digital handshake - an introduction to the professional you.

All members of the Western community can now access free professional headshots on campus using the fully accessible Iris booth in the centrally located Careers & Experience space.

It only takes about three minutes on average to use the booth!

Access is free and unlimited, but please be considerate of others waiting. Our friendly front desk staff can help if you require any assistance.

How it works

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Go to UCC 210 during business hours (Mon. - Fri., 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

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Follow the prompts on screen or scan the code with your phone for hands-free access.

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Smile! Take three photos and up to one retake. Edit on screen or at your convenience using the web portal.

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Receive your personal access link via email, create a profile with Iris, and enjoy your new headshots!

Tips to maximize the impact of your professional image across social media platforms

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  1. Craft Your First Impression: Your headshot is the first glimpse into your professional world. Make it count! Opt for a high-resolution image with good lighting that showcases your confidence and approachability. Dress in professional attire that aligns with your industry, and ensure a clean background to keep the focus on you. Remember, a polished appearance communicates reliability and attention to detail.

  2. Tell Your Story: A picture is worth a thousand words—make yours count. Your headshot should convey your professional narrative. Are you a creative entrepreneur? Let your vibrant personality shine through. In a more formal industry? Opt for a composed and classic look. Use your expression, pose, and clothing to tell a story that aligns with your career goals.

  3. Professional vs. Approachable: Striking the right balance between professionalism and approachability is crucial. Aim for an authentic smile that radiates warmth while maintaining a posture that exudes confidence. This blend creates an inviting image that makes others eager to connect with you, both personally and professionally.

  4. Optimize for Different Platforms: Each social media platform has its own dimensions and audience. Customize your headshot for specific platforms to ensure optimal visibility and impact. A close-up shot may work well for LinkedIn, while a slightly more casual shot could be suitable for platforms like Instagram. Tailor your image to the tone and expectations of each platform.

  5. Stay Current: As you grow in your career and personal life, so should your headshot. Keep your image current to ensure that your online persona aligns with the present. Aim to update your headshot at least once a year, or whenever a significant change occurs in your appearance or professional journey.


Headshot Booth Location/Hours

University Community Centre Rm. 210
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.