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.
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