When you hire a photographer to take a picture of you for your website or your social media profile it’s easy to imagine that you’ll show up looking your best and the photographer will do the rest. That’s one approach, and you may get the result you’re looking for, especially if you’ve chosen a photographer for a specific shooting style.
On the other hand, if you’re going to be working with a photographer who has come recommended but you know little about, figure out what you really like for a self portrait so that you can communicate your preferences in advance.
Take a look at photographs of other people on their company websites or on LinkedIn and consider the following:
- Do you prefer images that are shot within a professional environment or those taken in nature?
- Do you respond to naturalistic photographs or do posed images do more for you?
- Do you like images with blown out or abstract backgrounds, or do sharper backdrops appeal more?
- Do standing or sitting poses speak to you?
It’s possible to pick and chose. You may be a company owner who prefers a standing, posed image taken on a beach with a soft background. Or you may be an executive who relates to professional looking images taken under studio lights with abstract backgrounds.
Take a look around and observe what you’re drawn to. This will inform the conversation you’ll have with your photographer about the location for the shoot. “People are more particular about what they like and don’t like than they want to believe,” says Screen Presence photographer Stefanie Atkinson.
Screen Presence photographer Stefanie Atkinson provided the content for this post