I just read an article about Profile Pictures. Parts of it were okay but I thought it was sorta just okay. So I thought I’d put together my own. I’ve been photographing clients, their places of business, employees, products, employees, etc for years. Here are a few things I’d suggest to keep in mind.
When making your image consider the following:
- Use a tripod – Keeps the picture sharp not shakey and blurry.
- Think about the background – Pick something solid and plain. Don’t get lost in the picture
- Light – Needless to say don’t make it too light, too dark , etc. However, just as important is considering how to use the light to convey the message. Dramatic, playful, etc.
- Please don’t use the “web cam” photo. Instead choose a decent camera.
When Selecting the image what do you want it to say about you?
- You probably don’t want to put pictures of yourself at your bachelor party
- Pictures of your pets (instead of you) probably don’t convey that professional image that you’ve been working so hard to convey.
- A suit and tie is nice at the office but I usually suggest a more casual look for most social media. This doesn’t mean that you should wear your Bud Lite T-Shirt but a nice polo shirt, Tommy Bahama, maybe even a nice bowling shirt will often do. Its important to be you but be accessible to those looking at your profile.
Of course I can’t impress on you the importance of using a professional photographer when ever possible. I think its work every penny.
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