10 Things to consider before you update your headshots or profile pics.
When planning on updating your headshot or profile picture there are a few things to consider. Here are 10 ‘rules’ or tips you should consider to get the most out of your investment:
- Keep your image up to date. I am sure it was a nice picture, but if your profile image is more than two years old chances are you have changed and don’t look like that anymore.
- Make sure the image aligns with your brand values. Whether you are a business or not, YES, we ALL have a brand and the images we post should align with our values. A selfie of you at the local bar probably isn’t the best choice.
- Your face should be at least 50 % of the image. This helps when you use the pic in various sites that limit the size of the thumbnail. For example, picture of you standing against a wall is impossible to make out on Instagram as it can’t be enlarged.
- Avoid trendy clothes. That is unless fashion is your thing and you plan to update your image often. If you are the latter. You are a Unicorn and a dream client. However, if you plan to use the image for a longer period of time keep it simple.
- Avoid busy or distracting backgrounds. Busy backgrounds take away from the subject and that is counter productive.
- Know your audience. Who is the intended audience? Who do you want to attract? Get to know them a bit .
- Let your personality show. This may the be first contact your have with them and if it isn’t good, the last time you actually interact with potential contacts or clients. Give them a taste of what they are in-store for.
- Practice makes perfect. Some of us don’t like to smile and some just don’t know how to. Spend some me time in the mirror and practice your smile. Don’t say “Cheese” it really doesn’t produce an authentic looking smile. For a more subtle smile try saying “hi”. Less teeth, but still inviting. If not, tell your photographer. We have tricks for people like you.
- This probably should be number 2, if I tried to put these in order. Use the same image across ALL of your professional/business social media. It will foster recognition and that helps in an increasingly crowded social media space.
- Use a professional photographer. I do. See sample above. Ok, yeah it’s selfie. Corny, maybe, but it’s what I do so … Seriously, ap pro should guide you through the process, give you tips for your face/body type and suggestions on how to best use the images for maximum results.
Questions to Ask Before Buying Used Camera Equipment
Buying used gear can be a great bargain, IF you are careful. In my over 10 years as a photographer, I have been very successful in buying second hand equipment. I have been burned a time or two though. What I have learned is that asking questions, the right questions, makes a HUGE difference. Here are the top ones to ask and things to consider.
- What do you need this gear?
Simple, right, but so often overlooked, especially when you are starting out. I find that new photographers get caught in what I call the “gear trap” buying things because they see others with them or more is better. Ask yourself why do you NEED that particular piece of equipment? Why this piece over another? What type of images will it help you create or capture? Do a little research of the function, flexibility and then make a decision.
2. What do I know about the seller?
Now, I am not suggesting that you hire a private investigator, but some research can’t hurt. Are they a pro? How long have they been shooting and what do they prefer to shoot? Who cares? I wold argue that people that shoot sports and wildlife may handle their gear differently than someone who is mainly a studio/portrait photographer. Don’t even get me started on event photographers.
Also, do they sell often? Do they have an online presence? Look for reviews. `some photos upgrade often so they have a history of selling on third party site or Ebay.
Purchase from a seller that you trust. Money-back guarantees that are enforceable are feet when you can get them too.
3. Do they offer actual pictures of the equipment?
You are buying stock items so why have stock photography images? `If you can’t see the original gear be prepared for a shock if you go to see the item in person
4. History of Issues
I bought my 3rd camera used. It was supposed to be an upgrade. It would have been but there was one little problem. It had a history of history of issues and a week after buying it I had issues IN THE MIDDLE OF A Gig! Yeah, not the ideal time to learn there were known issues with the camera.
Do they have receipts of purchase or for service? If they have had repairs or how often the item has been serviced. It shows you that one one there have been issues and equally important if the maintained the equipment.
5. When possible try before you buy
Does the lens have any blemishes on the glass, fungus, scratches, haze, or problems with the focusing ring? One test I like for lens is to hold it upright and gently shake it. If you hear any knocking walk away. It likely has issues with the vacuum seal and that could lead to fungus/mold. Are there any dents or dings on the body that show it may have been dropped or banged? That could affect the operation and shorten the life you’ll get out if the equipment. Try before you buy, but look up any recall or reviews on the item first. If you are meeting a seller in person ask if they can bring everything you need to operate the item OR bring your own. You’d be surprise that some may forget batteries or a spare lens if it is a body you want to purchase.
6. Meet in a safe location to do the exchange
Safety first. I met a a seller in an alley, ok it was a laneway between buildings, but that wasn’t much better. That could have gone really bad, but luckily it didn’t, Local police stations have designated places to meet inside or in the parking lot. Use them.
Hope this list helps you in your future purchases of used gear. There are deals to be had out there just do your research and be prepared.
Please leave a comment if this information helped you or if you have any other questions.
What to wear for Portrait Sessions
- Keep clothing simple & consistent. Try to choose solid colors for your photo
- choose 1-3 colours for your group portrait, ones with similar tones that go nicely
together & have everyone work within that colour palette. For example: dark green, navy, & burgundy – all dark jewel tones. OR tan, a lighter olive green, & denims – all lighter, softer tones. So that we see the people first & your portrait looks stunning. Wedding group photos look so good because they’re all wearing the same colours & the people stand out!
- choose similar tones for your top & bottom (both dark or both light) so that one doesn’t look bigger than the other. White top, dark pants will make your top look bigger. White pant, dark top will make your bottom look bigger.
- Darker clothing slims. Bright colours project (especially reds, oranges, & yellows), which also can make you look larger.
- For a more formal look wear dark on dark. Dark clothing creates a more formal mood and looks better on a dark background
- Dress everyone in the same style.
- choose a top with sleeves at least to the elbow your arms take up more skin area
than your face & will draw attention & it may also make your arms look larger
- choose long pants for men/ladies or a skirt below the knee for ladies so that your
legs don’t take attention from your faces, & you will be able to sit & bend without
showing too much leg
- Scoops or v-necks flatter shorter necks & full faces. Turtlenecks or high-necked
garments flatter longer necks & slender faces.
- Show your style in small accents. Save stronger colors & patterns for
accessories like scarves & neckties.
- keep jewellery simple & minimalistic too much draws attention from your face
● Be mindful that your socks may be visible (.i.e. When seated) and choose
HAVE A PICTURE PERFECT DAY BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE.
HAVE A PICTURE PERFECT DAY BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE.