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What does your photo say about you?

Aug 6th 2010 at 10:14 AM

What does your photo say about you?

Yes, I know, it's taken me ages to get my photo uploaded to my Faceplate - but it wasn't my fault! Now at last you can see me - the real me. Not an avatar or supposedly funny cartoon, not a futuristic icon or a baby pic. This is me as I really am.

So what does your photo tell people?

Take a good look at the ones you come across online. Does that photo of the couple on their wedding day - the bride in her finery and the groom in his tux, actually give you a comfy, luvvy-duvvy feeling or a professional 'these folks mean business, they're worth listening to' reaction?

That black and white photo of someone which was obviously taken about 40 years ago (or more) - what does that say to you? Perhaps they think they were prettier or cuter then - but are they not wiser now?

Then we have the blank straight-on 'convict' effect. No smile, no teeth (which is supposed to make you look approachable); just a really boring, blank, even formidable stare into the camera. Is that helping my business or hindering it by frightening people away?

Now don't get me wrong. I really do not think that my photo is fantastic. It isn't going to get me into films, but it is a bit animated and it really is me just a few months ago (OK, a year or so). But people are recognising me as I put it on most of my splash pages, and that's what it's about - branding ME. I even cheat a little bit and reverse it to face the other way - I always aim to look to the middle of the page, not away from it.

The upshot is, if you are really serious about your business, be serious about your photo.

Fine to use something funny if you are just doing it for a hobby, but would you really want to join business with someone who looks like a chihuahua wearing sunglasses? Me, I'm off to check my other photos so I don't have to eat my words - which goes to show that we all have weak moments!

I wish you every success either way.

Have a rummage round my FacePlate, even pop through my links and check out what else I have to offer and share with you.

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Mar 18th 2013 at 8:16 PM by mellisalouise
Good point! I'm more likely to actually consider an opportunity online if the picture of the person is approachable and not scary.
Jul 19th 2011 at 2:24 AM by PaulSchaecker
very good article Lynda!
Feb 8th 2011 at 10:34 AM by jeepy
Great article Lynda
Feb 8th 2011 at 10:00 AM by vilona
I really like your article:)
Oct 13th 2010 at 10:58 PM by schmity58
Yes i think it is better to see a real person and that is what people want to see. I would rather communicate with a person rather then a dog or a cat. It's also about branding yourself.
Sep 29th 2010 at 9:45 PM by coolindiansurfer
This is something super coool Loved it
Aug 22nd 2010 at 8:06 AM by bnmarika1214
Very good ,thank you :)
Aug 9th 2010 at 8:23 AM by yhbecpublisher
Hi Linda, just dropped by to say your pic makes me want to laugh with you every time I see it at Startxchange! I have to admit mine was taken way back in 2000 :-) Soroya
Aug 8th 2010 at 10:19 AM by acmeinfo
Yes, I agree that photos don't want to be too formal, but if being used to brand you as a serious business person, then the comic stuff needs to be reconsidered. visionary - your little icon doesn't let us see much of you. How about zooming in on your face so we can better see what you look like?
Aug 7th 2010 at 5:59 PM by mikecrei
Good article. I couldn't get my photo to come out quite right on here but I still think it's ok. I don't think the internet should be like "traditional" business. A unique picture would stand out and make me take a look at someone's page. Pictures that are too professional or corporate I tend to ignore. I can be around drones that think, say, and do the same thing in the offline world but online I prefer people with different perspectives that enhance my own.
Aug 7th 2010 at 1:42 PM by visionary
I really like your article, Lynda! I was thinking just the other day about my own photo here and I like it because I think it makes me look like someone who is a older wiser woman that can be trusted and in fact, may well know what she's talking about. At least...I hope my photo gives that impression:)

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