Choosing the Right Photos for Your Social Media Profile

Choosing the Right Photos for Your Social Media Profile

Holly Bissonnette | November 13, 2014

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A social media profile is a very important tool you can use to expose yourself and your talent to the public. However, you also have to play things right if you want it to become an effective marketing tool and one of the things you should be concerned about is your profile photo.

 

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Your profile picture is one of the most important elements of your social media profile. This can either make or break your reputation on the Internet. Do not be among the many people who tend to overlook this aspect.

To give you an idea on the type of photos you should use for your social media profile, here are some tips you could observe:

 

Use Natural Light

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In taking good-quality pictures, natural lighting is necessary. People will appreciate photos where the subject looks natural. Given the fact that you will have a very small amount of space to showcase your picture, make sure it is sharp or clear.

 

No “Selfies”

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Selfies are highly discouraged when choosing profile photos for a social media account.  If you want to look trustworthy or appropriate for the kind of talent you are showcasing, you have to use photos where you appear decent and professional. But, this doesn’t mean that you have to schedule a session with a professional photographer. A photo that is taken by a friend is already acceptable, as long as the background is fine and the lighting is sufficient.

 

Use Good Quality Photos

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Consider a photo that looks clear and clean. Photo editing tools can be of great help when photos seem a bit blurry or dark, but you shouldn’t alter your looks just to impress others. Be sure that you look as natural as possible.

 

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Using a head shot can also be a good idea. A head shot usually just includes the head, the neck and a bit of the shoulders.

 

Choose Your Most Recent Photos

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Looking young may be a good thing, but don’t over exaggerate. Just be yourself and people will love you the way you are. Choose photos that truly represent who you are, not photos of you when you were a bit younger.

 

Check its Composition

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Think about the background and the foreground. Keep it simple and clean. Do not use photos with a busy background, such as people walking around the park or children playing. Photos that are taken with pure black or white background would work great as it gives emphasis to your face.

 

Keep It Simple

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Photos taken in a natural setting where you look comfortable, relaxed and happy is an excellent choice. Smiling can also create an impression that you are a happy and friendly person. If possible, smile in front of the camera.

 

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Get rid of the sunglasses and the baseball hats. You shouldn’t have to compete with anything in the photo. Your profile picture should only have you in it. It shouldn’t include your dogs, cats or your other friends.

You don’t have to exaggerate in your photos. As long as you act naturally, people will adore you. Remember that first impressions are everything, so it is of utmost importance that you choose the right photos for your social media profile and you can do this by following the tips above.

 

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