Cahill Welcome Email and Headshot


We take pride in the new members that join us and like to share the news of your arrival with the entire Cahill team. One efficient way we do this is by sending an introductory email to “All Users”. To do this we ask that you provide a bit of information about yourself and a headshot that we can use in the announcement.

To help you get started we built a basic outline for you to follow:

Where did you grow up?
Where did you go to school/what experience would you like to share? What are three things unique to you?

Use the form below to submit your information below.

Or answer three questions:

  • Who are your heroes in real life?
  • What’s your motto?
  • Why did you join Cahill?
  • What did you eat for your last meal?
  • Where are you from?
  • Favorite athlete?
  • Favorite project you worked on?
  • What did you want to be when you grew up?
  • What would we mostly find you doing on the weekends?
  • What is the weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
  • What talent would you like to have?
  • Do you collect anything?

To help you take a great headshot we’ve compiled a list of tips and common issues to look out for. We’ve provided a good and poor example of a headshot on the left for reference.

A good headshot:

  1. Is framed from the chest and includes enough clearance above and around your face
  2. Is shot in natural light if possible and look for a location that is not in direct sunlight. Beware of weird shadowing.
  3. Is shot in “Portrait Mode”. Use this feature on your smartphone (if available)
  4. Captures you looking directly at the camera. Eye contact is one of the most important elements of a great headshot.
  5. Showcases the personality and aura you want to give off. This is what makes it memorable.
  6. Is easy to see and notice even when it’s small.
  7. Quality resolution (at least 300 dpi). If you are sending from a phone, select the image at actual size vs. smaller compressed sizes.

Some of the issues with the poor headshot example include:

  1. The background is too busy and doesn’t make his face stand out
  2. There are funny shadows on his face, causing it to be dark
  3. It’s bright outside, which is causing him to squint his eyes
  4. His head is cropped dead center in the photo – not the best design composition
  5. There was likely not any intention behind the “wardrobe” (just a t-shirt).
  6. Cropping of this photo will be difficult to manipulate in post-production. Currently, the marketing team uses a 1:1 ratio (square) to allow photos to be placed tastefully inside a circle. Without enough clearance around his face, the end result will be a circular frame with the majority of the image being made up of his head. Not the most flattering look!
Can you see the difference? Good example: There was plenty of room around the image that we could center her face and keep things in a nice proportion. Poor Example: We were constrained by the clearance to the left of the image and the result was a larger head in the frame which is also off center.
Good Example
Poor Example
An example of good clearance: At minimum allow a head’s width/height on either side and both top and bottom of your photo.


Eye contact is perhaps one of the most important part of a headshot, so look into the camera.

Try to look friendly, happy and approachable in your headshot. Think of something that makes you laugh!

Send us the photo “as-is”! We’ll crop and edit it for you.