Why’s, Tips, Plus Before & After – Professional Social Media Photo

Why should you us a professional when getting an updated head shot or portrait? If you use social media at all for business or personal reasons, having a flattering and professional looking image can speak volumes.  It gives the belief that you are current with today’s technology, organized and care about giving the best impression of yourself.  Who is looking at your social media photo?  In today’s world it could be everyone from your old high school crush to your future boss.

Your personal online photo goes a long way.  You can put your portrait on your business cards, company brochures, press releases, your website, blog, resume, social networking sites such as Linked-In, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and more.  When setting up your profile, along with a good quality and flattering image, be sure that the name that goes along with your image stays consistent, (whether you use a middle initial, maiden name, etc.).

You will want a photo that portrays who you genuinely are and look like in real life.  A smiling face will emanate trustworthiness, confidence and makes people feel more at ease. Below are  a few tips to get you started.

Clothing choices:

Choose wardrobe to your advantage.  You will want to wear professional attire that is classic and timeless.  If relevant to your profession, men should choose a suit jacket, sweater or a nice dress shirt.  Women should wear a blouse or tailored jacket.  It is best to wear long sleeve shirts for your portrait for a more flattering look.  Choose several tops and layers such as jackets and sweaters.  Make sure the clothing fits well and is comfortable.  Have your outfits nicely ironed as wrinkles do show up.  Avoid clothing that wrinkles easily or is too baggy or tight.  Solid colors or a small print photograph best and won’t distract from your face.  Most people look good in mid tones such as gray, blue, and green.  Avoid white or colors similar to flesh tones such as beige, tan, and pale peach as well as overly bright colors such as yellow and orange that can reflect on to skin.

Hair:

The way you wear your hair is part of your self-image. I know you want to look like yourself in your portraits, so avoid trying out a new hairstyle that you are unsure of or other radical changes in your hairstyle before your shoot. Haircuts should be made at least a full week before your appointment.  If you completely color your hair, retouching your roots is suggested.  For highlights and tints, make an appointment at your salon a week or two in advance of your session.  Quick easy hairstyle changes during your session are great, but practice doing such quick changes beforehand so you don’t lose time in front of the camera.

Skin & Makeup:

Don’t worry too much about uneven skin tone or complexion problems. These issues are easier to fix post session in the digital darkroom than correcting a too heavy application of foundation. Heavy breakouts can also be retouched, but may require an additional retouching fee. Bringing some face powder to reapply during the shoot to avoid shine can be helpful.

Start moisturizing any skin that will be showing a week before your shoot. Use a face moisturizer for your face. For dry skin on your face, especially around your nose, use an exfoliating scrub designed for the face. The day of the shoot use a gentle touch when cleaning.

Men, use a new, good quality razor followed by a moisturizer.

Please avoid over-sunning before your session. If you do tan, stop three days before the shoot to avoid redness in your skin.

 Your Final Images:

Within 48 hours after our session I will send you proofs via Drop Box or email. You can expect 10-20 proofs from which to select your final images. After you make your selection, I will finely finish your chosen image to color correct, even out skin tone, remove blemishes, flyaway hairs, etc.

Save back-up copies of the files you purchase. You can use a cloud based service like drop box or an external hard drive, flash drive or all three.

Once you obtain your updated image, switch out all the previous photos of yourself on all of your online profiles. You want people to have a better perception of you and this could start immediately just by updating your picture.

Additional Benefits:

Having an updated and flattering image of yourself can also be a nice gift to share with your family. Have it printed or e-mail it to all your loved one’s. We don’t always think about how much our family will appreciate a photo of us. It can become an heirloom to pass on that becomes more precious with time. Also, as you know, we don’t live forever. A flattering obituary picture will be one less thing for a family member to worry about searching for. Your last chance to make a good impression!

Below are before and after images of Tom who lives in Gloucester MA. Tom needed an updated photo of himself for his new job. As handsome a guy as Tom is, his skin was a bit red from too much time in the sun. I decreased the red and finely finished the colors and tones in the photo to enhance the overall image. I gave Tom a full sized digital file for printing as well as a web sized image and a complimentary black and white version.

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Professional social media image, before and after.

I serve the area north of Boston, also called Cape Ann and the North Shore. Call me today if you are in need of a new image for social media, high school, college graduation, or just because.

Visit me here on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seastonephotography/

 

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