Roy Kelley's blog below is important to all of us who use social media in one shape or fashion. Each of us need to think about out profile pictures and maybe as Roy suggests periodically change these pictures. Roy's blog also includes links to other post which discuss this topic. I have disabled the comments and please stop by Roy's original post.
Will they recognize you from your profile pictures?
I have enjoyed the positive experience of having strangers recognize me from my photographs in real estate marketing materials or from Facebook. Will people recognize you in the grocery store or when you are meeting for the first time to offer your services?
As the seasons change, it is a good time for fresh profile photographs for our blogs, websites and social media sites. Yes, change your photographs if they were not taken this year, or if you have changed your hair style or eye glasses. You may look ten years younger in your profile picture but that will have a negative impact when you meet new people.
Profile photographs are not the place for pictures of pets, children or other unidentified persons. I have seen profile photographs that include two women but no hint as to which one matches the name of the site.
When you are offering professional services, your profile photograph should present your best professional image. In some communities, professional means formal while in other communities a casual appearance is quite acceptable. The question to ask is whether others will positively respond to your photograph.
Clarksville, TN real estate professional Debbie Reynolds suggests the use of iPiccy.com to edit your profile photograph. IPiccy.com is a free photo editing service.
Delray Beach, FL, professional home stager reminds us that we are not fully dressed without a smile. Use your most inviting smile for your profile photographs.
Paying close attention to your jawline when posing for your profile photograph can lead to more attractive results. This is an outstanding video by portrait photographer Peter Hurley. Bring that jawline towards the camera!
If you have any doubt about your profile photographs, use a professional photographer to provide multiple poses that will allow you to select your best image.
You will recognize this Wattled Crane when you visit the National Zoo.
Wattled Crane, National Zoo IMG_9513
Photograph by Roy Kelley using a Canon PowerShot G11 camera.
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
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